Since Miss Universe Iris Mittenaere won the prestigious pageants, she has been the topic of various online discussions. Her personal life is now a topic of public discourse as she is now considered a public figure.
Of all the controversies involved with her, the issue which made the loudest buzz was her alleged relationship to the Filipino hero, Jose Rizal.
Sounds fishy, right?
A Facebook page recently released a claim that the 2016 Miss Universe is directly related to the Philippine National Hero. According to ‘Basta Pinoy Trending’, the beauty queen is 1/8 Filipina because her great great grandmother is Nellie Boustead, one of Jose Rizal’s love interests.
Although there is still no confirmation from the beauty queen, this claim was immediately debunked due to invalidity of its evidences.
Rizal once had a romantic relationship with Bousted when they met in Paris, France. According to history books, the two almost married each other but their religious preferences hindered their love. Their relationship ended quickly which makes the Iris rumor invalid.
Moreover, Bousted has no French blood as her father, Eduardo Bousted, is British and her mother is a Filipina. It just so happened that they were staying in Paris, France because her father was a trader.
The meme was made to sarcastically question “Pinoy Pride“– the weird kinship we have for winners with any drop of “Filipino Blood“. However instead of serving its purpose, some people took it seriously and believed it. The meme just shows how gullible some Filipinos are for believing that Miss Universe France is partly a Filipina.
The post’s comment section was filled with sarcastic comments from the netizens who were able to decipher the function of the meme.
“Kapitbahay ko nga pinoy tas may lahing unggot bat di naman nabalita. So pag sikat pipilitin maging Pinoy” Mart Pascual wrote.
Another Facebook user Jarred Galang said: ‘jusko.. sa 1/8 filipina todo support kayo …pero sa pure filipina todo bash kayo..”
Are you one of those who believed that Iris is partly a Filipina? Give us your answer on the comment section!