Miss USA Sarah Rose Summers Apologizes for Comments About Miss Vietnam, Miss Cambodia

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Summers initially sparked the backlash on Wednesday night when videos surfaced online that showed her mocking the English-speaking abilities of other pageant contestants.

Sarah Rose Summers, crowned Miss USA last spring, has apologized for controversial remarks about the English-speaking ability of Miss Vietnam and Miss Cambodia made on Instagram Live.

"@MissUniverse is an opportunity for women from around the world to learn about each other’s cultures, life experiences, and views. We all come from different backgrounds and can grow alongside one another," Summers wrote Thursday in an Instagram post. "In a moment where I intended to admire the courage of a few of my sisters, I said something that I now realize can be perceived as not respectful, and I apologize."

She added later in the caption to the photo, "My life, friendships, and career revolve around me being a compassionate and empathetic woman. I would never intend to hurt another. I am grateful for opportunities to speak with Nat, Miss Cambodia, and H’Hen, Miss Vietnam, directly about this experience. These are the moments that matter most to me."

Summers initially sparked the backlash on Wednesday night when videos surfaced online that showed the Nebraska pageant contestant answering online questions about Nat Rern (Miss Cambodia) and H'Hen Nie (Miss Vietnam) on Instagram Live and mocking their English-speaking ability. The official language of the Miss Universe contest is English.

When asked about Nie, Summers said, "She's so cute and she pretends to know so much English, and then you ask her a question after having a whole conversation with her and she goes ..." Summers said, proceeding to nod and smile. "She's adorable." She then repeated the imitation for Miss Colombia Valeria Morales and Miss Australia Francesca Hung, who were also answering questions in the video.

In another controversial segment later in the video, she discussed Rern: "Miss Cambodia is here and doesn't speak any English, and not a single other person speaks her language. Can you imagine?" she said. "Francesca said that would be so isolating and I said yes and just confusing all the time. Poor Cambodia."

Miss Universe 2018 is set to take place Sunday in Bangkok and air that day at 7 p.m. ET on Fox.

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

@MissUniverse is an opportunity for women from around the world to learn about each other’s cultures, life experiences, and views. We all come from different backgrounds and can grow alongside one another. In a moment where I intended to admire the courage of a few of my sisters, I said something that I now realize can be perceived as not respectful, and I apologize. My life, friendships, and career revolve around me being a compassionate and empathetic woman. I would never intend to hurt another. I am grateful for opportunities to speak with Nat, Miss Cambodia, and H’Hen, Miss Vietnam, directly about this experience. These are the moments that matter most to me.

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