Nagbigay ng saloobin si Miss Universe 1973 Margie Moran - Floirendo sa mainit na usapin ng sexual harassment sa mga beauty pageant.
Matatandaan na kamakailan, inireklamo ng ilang kandidata ng Miss Earth 2018 ang naging karanasan nilang pang-aabuso umano sa ilang sponsors ng pageant na ginanap dito sa Pilipinas.
I left to compete at an international pageant in the Philippines about a month ago. I was so excited because I had been to the Philippines before and loved the country and the people; however, the experience with the pageant was not what I had expected. I left Miss Earth because I did not feel safe under their care. The second day of the pageant I felt uncomfortable because a sponsor from the first night was given my phone number, without my consent, and was calling me asking for my hotel and room number. I gave my phone to a team manager so that she could resolve the issue, but it did not work. He showed up to almost all of my events telling me he could take care of my needs and asked for sexual favours in exchange to get me further in the pageant. I was disgusted. He showed up to a hotel some girls were staying at and when I ran into him he continued to ask for my room number. I was lucky I wasn’t staying at that hotel. After so many strange calls, I recognized his phone number and was able to block it. At an event at the Manila Yacht Club he took all of the delegates in my group to his yacht and had some girls take sultry photos. Again, I was disgusted. Later in the pageant we had another sponsor event at the Manila Yacht Club and he was telling girls he could take them to Boracay, as long as we didn’t tell any one. A group of us left to sit out side as we did not feel comfortable. He followed us outside and was upset we were not dancing with him. The team mangers laughed and told us to be nice. Eventually we were allowed to go and sit on the bus because we refused to go back to his yacht. Six girls and myself left because we felt unsafe at that event. I asked many times why more girls weren’t given the option to leave but, was never given an answer. That night a few of us were given the opportunity to bring our concerns to Miss Lorraine, the woman in charge of the pageant. I went through almost two weeks of sexual harassment before I anything was done about it. I was told he would not be around any more, but I had advised Lorraine of several other issues that were not resolved. Miss Peachy, another employee of the pageant, spoke with me at an event about...
“It’s really awful you know, I never really express during my time, so I don’t know how it is this able to insist in pageant, so its sounds really terrible,” pahayag ng Margie sa PUSH at ABS-CBN News sa 50th anniversary ng Cultural Center of the Philippines.
“It’s a harassment case against women,” sabi pa niya.
Ayon pa sa former Miss Universe, hindi ito isyu noong panahon na sumali siya sa pageant.
“Walang isyung ganun, I’ve not heard any victims of sexual harassment, in so many years this is the first time,” aniya.
Dito, hayagan din na ibinahagi ng beauty queen ang kanyang gagawin kung sakaling naranasan niya ito noon.
“Si-sipain ko siya (laughs),” pabirong tugon niya sa press.
“But you know, I don’t really know in the past, kasi if there’s sexual harassment it’s only now women are very vocal also, it could have happen in the past but we didn’t know,” saad pa niya.
“But now women are different, to speak up it’s against the law. Dati kasi we don’t have any protection against sexual harassment,” patuloy pa ni Margje.
Sabi pa niya, tama lang na naging vocal ang mga kandidata sa naging pang-aabuso na naranasan nila.
“Definitely tama, they should be, they should speak out its violence against women and it’s a law so women are protected these days already,” aniya.
Labis naman din na pagkadismaya ang kanyang naramdaman para sa magiging epekto nito sa Pilipinas.
“Nakakahiya kasi ‘yung mga nag-speak up pa mga foreign women, so it gives bad taste for the contest,” pahayag pa niya.