Miss USA Sarah Rose Summers waded into a controversy just days before the 2018 Miss Universe pageant, and wound up apologizing after being accused of bullying.
“Videos surfaced of the former Miss Nebraska talking about her international counterparts not being able to speak English. Summers, 24, is seen speaking about Miss Cambodia Rern Sinat and Miss Vietnam H’Hen Nie, in one instance mocking Nie with an imitation,” USA Today reports.
Summers is quoted saying of Nie: “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 [nods and smiles].” She added: “She’s adorable.”
Summers also said in the same video: “Miss Cambodia is here and doesn’t speak any English and not a single other person speaks her language. Can you imagine?”
After being accused of bullying by commenters on social media, Summers took to Instagram with an apology, writing:
“@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.”
Here’s a report on the controversy by Access, which includes clips of Summers’ comments …