Kalat na sa social media ang pangba-bash ng netizens kay Bb. Pilipinas-International 2017 Mariel de Leon dahil sa naging komento niya kay Binibining Pilipinas 2018 candidate Catriona Gray.
Nagsimula ito sa isang activity ng Binibining Pilipinas kung saan in-interview ang mga kandidata at nagbigay ng komento ang panel na kinabibilangan ni Mariel.
Sabi ni Catriona sa nasabing interview, “My strength is that I’m an empathetic.
"I feel everything very strongly and I find that when I sing through music, it helps me connect to people.”
Komento naman ni Mariel, “I really love your confidence and the way you speak, but sometimes it seems just a tiny bit scripted.”
Hindi nagustuhan ng maraming netizens ang naging komento na ito Mariel kaya inulan siya ng batikos sa social media.
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BASHING IS NOT HEALTHY. Ngayong Lunes ng gabi, March 12, nagbigay ng pahayag si Catriona tungkol sa isyung ito sa kanyang Facebook page.
Ikinatuwa raw niya ang simpatiyang ipinakita ng publiko sa kanya.
Pero hindi raw dapat gawing basehan ang komento ng kapwa niya beauty queen upang i-bash ito dahil mahalaga para sa kanilang mga kasali sa timpalak ang mga payo nito.
Pahayag ni Catriona, “Hey beautiful people!
"I know a lot of you watched #RoadToTheCrown last night shot in the very beautiful Las Casas, Bataan. My sisters and I had so much fun!!!
“However, I've also noticed that a lot of you have taken a comment given to me during the show in a negative way.
“Firstly, any advice from our queens is valuable to us Binibinis and I took all of those given to me, in a very constructive way!
"I always have something to learn and improve on, that's why one of my greatest passions is education!!
“Secondly, everyone is entitled to their opinion and although at times you may not favour it, it doesn't give a good reason to turn around and try to hurt others through bullying or bashing.”
Ayon pa kay Catriona, walang problema sa pakikipag-debate, ngunit hindi ito dapat humantong sa bashing.
Saad pa niya, “Be passionate, but be mindful.
"Let's cultivate an environment, not just in beauty pageants but in society in general, where we argue like we're right but listen like we're wrong.
"Debate is healthy, bashing is not.
"Let's spread love!
"Mahal ko kayo!! Love, Catriona your Binibini 20."