A certain Internet bigot named Devina DeDiva gained notoriety and quickly drew flak from angry (or butthurt) Filipinos all over the world for bashing newly crowned Miss World Megan Young and describing Filipinos as “maids”, “smelly” and “poor”.
Personally I don’t know if this degenerate woman is a racist or not, but she’s certainly a bigot or a matapobre (someone who looks down on poor people).
Who is this Devina DeDiva and what made her post her hateful comments on Facebook? Was she trolling? Well, I think trolls are the most honest, most emotional types of commenters/bashers in the world wide web. Was she using a fake or dummy account to bash Filipinos on social media?
These were just some of the questions that haunted me while reading the bigot’s Facebook posts.
A few minutes of google search on Devina Dediva, to find out if she really exists or not, turns out a wealth of information on the newly crowned Internet Bigot of 2013.
Philippine Star describes her as “a graduate from an American university”. No additional information about the woman’s nationality, education background or work was given.
The Philippine Daily Inquirer withheld her name and described Devina as a “Singapore-based woman”.
ABS-CBN News said “DeDiva used to attend Manchester University”.
The woman’s LinkedIn account indeed shows she’s based in Singapore and currently working as a “Lab Analyst” at Intertek Testing, a Singapore-based company that provides laboratory testing, outsourcing, consulting, cargo inspection and certification services for global clients.
Her Facebook account says nothing about her ‘basic information’. [UPDATE: Devina’s Facebook account has been deactivated as of 5:57 in the morning, Oct. 2, Manila time].
Viral photos now circulating online quoted Devina as saying: “Miss Philippines is Miss World? What a joke! I did not know those maids have anything else in them.”
Perhaps she thought contestants from poor countries should be banned from joining international beauty contests. I think she’s not just a bigot; she’s a brain-damaged creature as well. I don’t think she even deserves to be called “bimbo”, because she’s certainly not that attractive. Also, I don’t think she’s got the beauty and the brains to win a local beauty pageant.
Devina DeDiva allegedly deleted this post
Some Filipino netizens responded to Devina’s bigoted comments by creating “hate” pages, blogs and memes. That’s most expected since Filipinos sometimes have a tendency to get butthurt over trivial things.
Here are some of the newly created hate pages dedicated to the Singapore-based bigot:
When her Facebook friend told her, “that’s an extremely rude comment”, DeDiva said: “Ya I know but it’s a fact.”
When someone described her comments as “racist”, she responded: “they are less privileged there.”
That some of Devina’s friends disliked her “extremely rude” and “racist” comments shows us that bigoted and irrational people on this planet are a minority. Real and educated people don’t act stupidly and don’t post stupid and self-destructive comments online.
Devina DeDiva’s post reveals nothing but her real nature and personality. She’s a bigot and she’s not acting rationally. She should seek psychiatric help immediately.
Yet what she posted should serve as a wake up call for us Filipinos.
Observe that the woman attacked Filipinos not because of their skin color (that’s why I can’t call her a racist), but for their poverty and poor economic conditions.
Now I don’t know where this woman came from. All we know is that she’s based in Singapore. But what does this tell us?
She’s lucky she lives and works in Singapore and that she’s one of the million beneficiaries of Lee Kuan Yew’s proper understanding of economics and adoption of America’s openness and free market system. It was Singapore’s openness to trade and economic freedom that brought it to where it is today.
Lee Kuan Yew, the city-state’s founding father, once said: “We are keeping our links with America, with Japan, with Europe. THEY BROUGHT US TO WHERE WE ARE.”
Devina DeDiva should be ashamed for being a social parasite in free market-oriented Singapore, currently the world’s second freest economy, according to the Heritage Foundation.
Singapore did not become an economic tiger in Asia by adopting Devina’s bigoted, ethnocentric mentality; it achieved its current economic success by attracting and embracing people from various cultural groups and countries. This makes her an ‘spiritual parasite’, as she’s totally unaware and clueless of Singapore’s philosophic foundation.
Lee Kuan Yew himself said that Singapore “has to be a place that’s useful [and relevant] to the world.”
Devina DeDiva’s irrational, primitive mindset actually reflects Filipino protectionists’ and ethnocentric leftists’ and politicians’ tribal mentality. Her bigoted post and comments should shame both our tribal (jingoist) politicians and protectionists.
It was Philippines’ protectionism and destructive nationalistic/ethnocentric policies (which were designed to limit foreign investment and totally ban foreign professionals) that made the Philippines a nation of “maids” and “domestic helpers”.
I stated in a previous blog the following: While RP upped the level/degree of its welfare statism and protectionism in the 1980s, many formerly socialist -or ‘socialistic’ – Asian countries (e.g., China, Hong Kong, South Korea, Singapore, etc.) opened their economies to foreign investors.
Here’s an excerpt:
Since 1979, China (under the rule of its ‘pragmatic’ leader Deng Xiaoping) betrayed Maoism and embraced an ‘open door’ policy. Of course China retains its socialistic “political structure” (e.g., one-party system, central planning, etc.), but in terms of some of its economic structure and policies it is actually MORE ECONOMICALLY FREE than the Philippines. Foreigners and Filipinos can own up to 100% equity in land and business in China. Also, many Chinese provinces compete for FDI by lowering their tax rates and relaxing their economic policies.
Both Singapore and South Korea also eagerly welcomed foreign investors.
My theory is that RP was considered economically stable from the 1940s to 1980s (stronger peso and lower unemployment) due to the following reasons:
- US was RP’s trading partner. The most defiled and hated ‘parity rights’ by the leftists and political ignoramuses was a actually great idea. Our lawmakers had to adopt that policy because in the first place, they wanted to keep foreigners away from our shore! But parity rights expired with the end of the Laurel-Langley Agreement in 1974, and many land-owning Americans were forced to forego ownership of their lands. The Americans should have done the same thing to non-American Filipino citizens in USA!Technically, Filipinos living in USA TODAY enjoy the same PARITY RIGHTS given to Americans from 1930s to 1974. Many free economies give the same ‘parity rights’ to any Filipinos who posses financial and technical capabilities to exploit their resources! See? This country was founded by idiots and diploma-toting morons!
- ‘Almost’ the rest of Asia was ‘socialistic’. Japan, China and most of today’s economic tigers were all dogmatic practitioners of protectionism or economic socialism.
- That means there was lack of economic competition among states in Asia. The freest country achieved the most. Definitely RP was one of the freest during those forgotten years.
But everything changed in the 1980s. The formerly protectorate Asian economies gradually embraced free market policies. Singapore is the best Asian model of ‘limited government’.
In that blog I asked:
So, why are we not happy with the result of our collective madness? THIS IS THE PATH WE AS A PEOPLE CHOSE… We voted for it through our expressed support or inaction. Why are you protesting? Why are you crying? Filipinos should be happy! What we have and see today is the ULTIMATE RESULT of our ‘collective’, national choice. Don’t blame your politicians. Blame yourselves!
I have this observation that many statists, leftists or left-leaning people in Singapore hate/dislike immigrants. In fact, Singaporean leftist groups have been opposing the government’s new immigration policy designed to embrace millions of immigrants to correct the regrettable population control policy it implemented in the past.
Politically, Devina DeViva is a statist. I can even assume she’s against Singapore’s new “open” immigration policy. Also, I’ve been seeing a lot of hateful comments by a number of Singaporean netizens against Filipinos. This shows the gap between the people’s ethnocentric mentality and the government’s openness to other cultures. This is what happens when a country adopts “open” immigration and free market reforms. There are always irrational, ethnocentric and bigoted people like Devina DeViva. These people have no idea that actually made their country great.
Ethnocentric Singaporeans are the equivalent of Filipino protectionists and leftist-jingoists. Isn’t this ironic? The Filipino socialists openly call for closing our doors to foreign investors, while the protectionists demand that we further limit foreign participation. Now it’s time for them to meet their socialist counterparts in Singapore.
For decades the government has been implementing the economic advice of the country’s protectionists and leftists in the academic and business sectors. We partially closed our economy to the outside world in the name of national patrimony, anti-imperialism, and Filipino First Policy. We turned former president Carlos P. Garcia’s protectionist policy– e.g., that Filipinos must “be masters in their homes or their government”— into law.
Based on our protectionist ancestors’ failed and unscientific economic logic, the Philippines should have been richer and more prosperous than Singapore, South Korea, Hong Kong, Japan and China, which are all open to foreign trade and investment.
Devina DeViva may be a sociopathic bigot (or a bigoted sociopath), but her Facebook rant should serve as a wake up call for our “poor, smelly, uneducated” nation.
- Let the anti-Devina DeDiva bashing begin…
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- The freest economies in the world: they import maids and domestic helpers.