I caught this headline last night and one thing stood out to me.
This beauty pageant contestant has more courage than American athletes, musicians, and celebrities.
While some NBA players who didn’t want the jab capitulated into taking it, Miss World Netherlands Dilay Willemstein refused to budge.
It’s the courage that we rarely see from our influential figures in the United States.
Andrew Wiggins when asked if he feels good about being vaccinated to play: “It’s not something that I wanted to do. I was kind of forced to.” pic.twitter.com/HKbvwICJUR
— An0maly (@LegendaryEnergy) October 5, 2021
Retired NBA player Andrew Bogut talked about the cowardice of athletes and celebrities unwilling to speak out.
Willemstein sacrificed her dream by saying NO to medical tyranny.
I commend her for taking a stand and refusing to comply with these authoritarians forcing this medical procedure.
— New York Post (@nypost) October 7, 2021
Not only beautiful but also intelligent..
— UK Patriot the IV (@BoerboelBritish) October 8, 2021
Miss World Netherlands anti-vaxxer refuses to take part in Miss World because contestants must have a jab https://t.co/VCr6R4q5Rt
— Daily Mail Online (@MailOnline) October 7, 2021
Hero: “Miss World Netherlands quits pageant final to avoid COVID vaccine” https://t.co/gEPXgqtoMM
— Truth Post (@truthp0st) October 8, 2021
Miss World Netherlands found out she needed to be jabbed in order to travel for the final pageant and decided — not worth it. https://t.co/RuZDNFSrmq
— Kelly Bee 🐝 (@ke11ybender) October 8, 2021
From the New York Post:
Miss World Netherlands has pulled out of the beauty pageant final in December to avoid having to get a COVID-19 vaccine.
Dilay Willemstein, 21, made the surprise announcement Tuesday in an Instagram post saying she would “no longer represent the Netherlands … on the big Miss World stage.”
“This is partly due to the vaccination obligation,” she admitted, saying, “Personally I am not ready for this yet.”
“After I was crowned, we were told that if you want to go to Miss World you must be vaccinated,” she further explained to Dutch newspaper Algemeen Dagblad (AD) of the Puerto Rico final scheduled for Dec. 16.
“So I thought about it carefully and considered taking the jab, but at a certain point I thought: I’m not ready for this at all. I don’t feel good about it,” she told the paper.
“This was simply the best choice for me,” she said. “I think I would have regretted more if I had done something that I actually don’t feel comfortable with.”
Algemeen Dagblad share more details:
So it didn’t happen overnight. ,,I still had a few months left, so I put it off all the time. At one point I had to give a date that I would take the vaccine. The closer it got, the hotter I got.” She talked about it with friends and they noticed Dilay that she really didn’t like it. ,,They said: ‘You really don’t want it at all.’ This was simply the best choice for me.”
Dilay is not afraid that she will regret it. “This is my choice at the moment. I stand behind that. I think I would have regretted more if I had done something that I actually don’t feel comfortable with. The day I made the choice, it felt really bad. But I like to look ahead. This door will close, but new doors will open for me.”