Miss South Africa faces backlash for wearing gloves while meeting black children

Tweeple were furious and one even alleged she wore gloves "to protect herself from black kids" because she feared they would "contaminate her".

By: Trends Desk | New Delhi | Updated: July 9, 2017 10:25 pm
miss south africa,  Demi-Leigh Nel-Peters,  Demi-Leigh Nel-Peters gloves controversy, miss sa gloves, miss sa wear gloves to meet black kids, miss couth africa racist controversy, world news, fashion news, latest news The 22-year-old beauty queen met children at a soup kitchen in Johannesburg and as she was serving out food at Ikageng community centre to children some of whom were also HIV-positive she was seen wearing the gloves (Source: Miss South Africa / Twitter)

Winning a beauty pageant brings a lot of touring, limelight and some social work as well. Miss South Africa Demi-Leigh Nel-Peters recently visited black children at an orphanage where she volunteered to feed them. However, her pictures shared on social media sparked outrage, after she was spotted wearing latex gloves while sharing a meal with them.

The 22-year-old beauty queen met children at a soup kitchen in Johannesburg and as she was serving out food at Ikageng community centre to children, some of whom were also HIV-positive, she was seen wearing the gloves, The Independent reported. Though in her defence she said it was only a measure to ensure hygiene while working with food, people on social media did not buy it. Some even termed her “racist” slamming her for her actions.

She even posted a video on Twitter to clarify after facing a backlash and said that she did not mean to offend anyone. “All the volunteers on site wore gloves today because we honestly thought that it’s the right thing to do while working with food and while handing out food to young kids,” Nel-Peters said.

Here’s what she said in a video clarifying her stance:

Tweeple were furious and one even alleged she wore gloves “to protect herself from black kids” because she feared they would “contaminate her”.

Soon, the hashtag #MissSAChallenge started dominating Twitter trend in the African nation and many started posted pictures of them wearing gloves and posting sarcastic remarks.

However, orphanage staff supported Miss South Africa and refused any claims that called her a racist. “Of course it wasn’t because she didn’t want to touch black children,” said Carol Dyantyi, a spokesperson for the Orlando West Community Centre Ikageng. “We told her, and all other volunteers, to wear them while they were handling food around the children,” Dyantyi told BBC. She also said that Miss South Africa was not wearing gloves throughout the day but only when she was handling food.

But this tweet indicates, while the rest of the volunteer were wearing normal disposable gloves usually worn while handling food, Miss South Africa was wearing one with latex.

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    Jul 10, 2017 at 1:16 pm
    well, it seems she had not wore gloves in one of the pictures. However one remark shows our mentality about black and not so good looking people. You forgot to put on a surgical mask, gloves aren't enough to defend your whiteness from catching the black. well its human to make mistake but not when others follow it or we don't think it is and do not regret it or boast of it. We should note that we call ourselves intelligent then why can't we apply our mind in these instances.
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