Miss South Africa title holder, Demi-Leigh Nel-Peters’ selfless act of charity in an orphanage in Soweto, immediately met online fury after photos emerged of the 22 year old, beauty queen wearing medical gloves while handing out soup and bread to kids. The charity even backfired and became subject of huge criticism sparking a racism row.
Many accused her of wearing the latex gloves “because she didn’t want to touch black children” and shared images of her hugging dogs and white children with bare hands.
However, Miss Nel-Peters, who is mixed race, strongly denied these claims and said she wore the gloves for hygiene reasons because she was ‘handling food’. In a video message released on Twitter, Miss Nel-Peters said her intentions were misread and she apologized for any offense caused.
“I just want to clear something up. All the volunteers on site wore gloves because we were told it was the right thing to do while working with food and we were handing out food to young kids, That was our only intention with wearing the gloves; to be as hygienic as possible. I really feel that my intentions were completely misunderstood.
She continued to say; “To me, the moral of the story today is that 300 kids got a proper, warm lunch and they got that with or without gloves, so I am a bit sad my intentions were taken completely wrong and I can only apologise if I offended anybody.”
Well the Internet refused to absolve her and begun poking fun in the issue with hashtag, #MissSAchallenge. One Twitter user photographed themselves wearing latex gloves while using a keyboard, with the message “hygiene 1st.” Take a look below;
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