Filipinos have long been renowned for claiming credit when ethnic Filipinos win or achieve stuff overseas. This is even if the social infrastructure that enabled a citizen to win or achieve said stuff was not anything Filipinos, their government, or their society contributed to building.
Lately, news has gotten around that Australians (or at least their media) are claiming the victory of Miss Philippines Catriona Gray in this year’s Miss Universe. Armchair researchers have then chimed in to point out that Gray’s father traces his ethnic roots to Scotland. On this logic, it is easy to see where this is all headed. Ultimately, it is Africa, the cradle of humanity, that could claim ownership over the Miss Universe crown, and all the crowns pre- and post-2018 for that matter.
One wonders, though. If Spain’s Angela Ponce won Miss Universe, would her surgeons lay some claim to the crown? Taking this further, Ponce was once a man. So if Miss Spain was crowned this year’s Miss Universe, all of mandom could also make a claim on some of that Miss Universe equity.
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