Translations can be tricky, more so when a Miss Universe crown is on the line.
Twitter user Audrey (@aintyourputa) pointed out that Miss Vietnam's translator messed up H'hen Niê's answer in the Top 5 Q&A round of the Miss Universe pageant held in Bangkok, Thailand.
The question presented to H'hen was, "The #MeToo movement has sparked a global conversation. In response, some have said that the world has become too politically correct. Do you think the #MeToo movement has gone too far?"
According to Audrey, H'hen's translator translated the response as: "I don't think that it has gone too far. Protecting women and women's rights is the right thing to do. Women need protection and rights." Audrey added that the translator missed the part that included "well-being," "health," "sexual abuse," and "freedom" which she said were the "main keywords for her answer."
However, what Miss Universe Vietnam actually meant was:
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Despite the error, H'hen was praised for delivering a strong introduction in Vietnamese, even though it isn't her native tongue. This is because H'hen hails from the Ede or Rade minority ethnic group in Vietnam.
This isn't the first time that a translation got misinterpreted at the Miss Universe competition. In 2017, Miss Universe France Iris Mittenaere's answer got people talking on Twitter after her answer was misinterpreted to the question, "Name something over the course of your life that you failed at and tell us what you learned from that experience?"
Her interpreted answer was, "I've failed several times in my life, so I thought that I failed the first time that I went out on a casting because my name wasn't on the list. The very next day, I found that I was in a new book. So I think that when you fail, you have to be elevated, you have to try again, and keep going. If tonight, I'm not one of the winners, I will still have the great honor of being one of the three finalists, so I think that I have failed before, but I think this is a great first opportunity."
Due to public demand, Erwan Heussaff tweeted the correct translation:
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