Umaani ng batikos si Miss Earth Philippines 2016 Imelda Schweighart dahil sa mga sinabi niya kay Miss Earth Austria Kimberly Budinsky tungkol sa pagiging “Hitler” ni President Rodrigo Duterte.
Sa Facebook live video ni Schweighart, tinanong niya si Budinsky kung nagmula sa Austria ang Nazi leader na si Adolf Hitler.
Sumagot ang Austrian delegate ng “Okay, that's a bad question because we normally don't really talk about Hitler but, yeah, he is.”
Reaksiyon dito ni Schweighart, “Oh, my God, our President is doing Hitler stuff here in the Philippines.”
Dahil dito ay nakatanggap ang dating Wowowin co-host ng batikos mula sa mga kababayan na dismayado sa ginawa niya.
Agad namang nagpaliwanag at humingi ng kapatawaran si Schweighart sa mga tao na nainsulto sa pagkukumpara niya kina Duterte at Hitler dahil “soft joke” lamang umano ito.
Pahayag niya sa kanyang Facebook post, “I'm a Duterte follower. The people who talk to me every day knows how delightful I am to see and experience the change he has made happen so far.
“I am half-German that is the reason why I talked to a fellow delegate about 'Hitler' so casually who is Austrian.
“Because all my life I am always teased by fellow Filipinos as 'Hitler' because they are not well informed that Hitler was not German.
“In fact, Hitler was Austrian. So, when I saw my fellow delegate, I made a soft joke about it out of my excitement.”
Dagdag pa ng kandidata ng Pilipinas sa Miss Earth 2016, “I am an extremist so forgive me my fellow Filipinos and Duterte supporters if you didn't understand how I am.
“I got that idea wherein I said, 'Duterte is doing Hitler stuff' from online news, newspapers with headlines saying he is Hitler-like, but for the good.
“I was just not able to explain what I really meant further in Facebook live because my mind was occupied with the other delegates i want to capture on my Facebook Live cover. That is what I meant.
“Hope you appreciate me explaining myself so that you understand more. Peace.”