Rabiya Mateo defends self against Indonesians who ridiculed her: “This needs to stop”

  • Rabiya Mateo stood up against Indonesian netizens who called her names over an edited video
  • The video showed Rabiya acting a “kontrabida” role during an interview
  • The beauty queen said she has nothing but admiration for Indonesians but the criticisms need to stop

Miss Universe Philippines Rabiya Mateo stood up against netizens who hurl hurtful worlds at her over an edited video.

Image by Rabiya Mateo via Instagram

On Instagram, Rabiya wrote a lengthy message defending herself against those who called her names and judged her for having a bad attitude. This came after an Indonesian pageant page shared an edited video of her showing her acting a “kontrabida” role.

In the video, Rabiya can be seen acting on what her reaction would be if her first runner up protested against her win. Rabiya’s dialogue goes, “Girl, what are you doing? Like, can’t you accept that I defeated you in the first place? Like, you can ruin my crown, my moment, but you cannot take away the fact that I won this competition. I’m a Filipino and don’t mess [with me].”

Rabiya’s answer didn’t seem to sit well with many Indonesian pageant fans and received a barrage of criticisms. The beauty queen appealed to put a stop against it. She wrote, “This needs to stop. This video was cut, and some people are making issues out of this and trying to bully me on IG.”

Image by Rabiya Mateo via Instagram

“The hosts gave me a situation, and I had a disclaimer that this is just a role — before and after this video — which was also cut.”

Rabiya went on to say that there we can support our own bets without dragging others down. She also said she has “nothing but love and admiration for Indonesians.” She continued, “Pageants should be fun. We need to create a positive image in empowering women.”

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