The entire media became numb when Pushpika De Silva was crowned, forcefully de-crowned, and then crowned again on the dazzling stage of the beauty contest. Here is Why Mrs. Sri Lanka Stripped of her Crown on Stage by Former Winner.
Controversy flares up at the Mrs. Sri Lanka beauty pageant in Colombo on Sunday when a former winner vehemently took the winning contestant’s crown off her head and awarded it to the runner-up. She deceptively claimed that the winner, Pushpika De Silva, was divorced, and hence unentitled for the contest, which is only open to married women.
The actual plot of the disconcerting moment viewed by the entire global media
The incident occurred moments after De Silva was announced the winner and given the winner’s sash and crown. The crowd applauded her as she waved to them with a huge smile across her face. But De Silva’s joy was short-lived. Just a few moments later, while all the contestants were still standing on stage, the 2019 Mrs. Sri Lanka and 2020 Mrs. World, Caroline Jurie, took the rude steps to the stage and picked up the microphone.
“I have a small announcement. As for Mrs. World Inc, there’s a rule that you’ll have to be married, and not divorced. So, I’m taking my first step saying that the crown goes to the first runner-up”.
To everyone’s shock, Jurie then turned to De Silva, forcefully stripping her of the crown she was wearing, hurting her in the process, and put it upon the head of the runner up. De Silva was shaken at this, and feeling disrespected and affronted, she walked right off the stage. All of this was recorded on camera.
Here is Why Mrs. Sri Lanka Stripped of her Crown on Stage by Former Winner
The organizers made an announcement later
“The Jurie was wrong about her claim that De Silva was unmarried. She and her husband are separated, but they have not gotten a divorce. As per the rules of the competition, contestants must be “married at the date of entry.” Correcting Jurie’s actions, the crown went back to De Silva, declaring her once again the winner of Mrs. Sri Lanka 2020.”
Mrs. World Inc issued a press release to address the incident itself
“We are deeply disturbed and sincerely regret the behavior of our current titleholder, Mrs. Caroline Jurie, Mrs. World 2020, at the crowning, the right steps will be taken regarding the matter. Let it be known, Mrs. World Inc does not sit in moral judgment. If the delegate sent by Mrs. Sri Lanka-World to compete in the international competition is legally married she will be accepted.”
“We are deeply disturbed and sincerely regret the behavior of our current title holder, Mrs. Caroline…
De Silva too took to Facebook to express her annoyance and apprehension at the situation
“We were separated, not divorced. Such things would not have been ignored by the organizers, and had she been ineligible, she wouldn’t have gotten this far. I say a true queen is not a woman who snatches another woman’s crown, but a woman who secretly sets another woman’s crown! I don’t hate anyone and I’ve forgiven those who did that to me at the same moment. Nothing can be won by hate.”
මා ආදරණීය ශ්රී ලාංකික සහ ලෝකවාසී සහෘද ඔබ සැම අමතමි..,
පළමුවෙන් ම, විවාහක රූ රැජිණ අවසන් මහා තරඟයේ දී සිදු වූ …
De Silva now goes on to compete with other countries’ winners for the crown of the international pageant, Mrs. World.