Ugandan TV presenter Joan Lule Nakintu has been on the receiving end of backlash from angry social media users after getting into a verbal altercation with Miss Uganda, Oliver Nakakande after she refused to answer a question posed by the presenter.
Appearing on the show “The Cocktail” hosted by Joan, the reigning Miss had been invited to discuss woman empowerment and her experience running for Miss World.
“By the way, you lost, how did that make you feel?” posed Joan, a question Oliver found offensive.
Calmly responding to Joan, Oliver corrected the TV presenter pointing out that it was unprofessional and rude of her to structure her question in that manner.
“I did not lose. Why would you say that? I didn’t lose. Nobody lost. I am the first-ever top model that Uganda has ever had in Miss World. I am really offended.”
“I hold a Diploma in Journalism and you should never ask a person ‘You lost, how do you feel about that?’ That’s a very rude question,” she added.
An angry Joan began shouting at Oliver with hand gestures explaining that her question was in no way rude and that it was up to her to clarify that she did not lose.
The show was forced to go on a break with the media personality continuing to explain herself. After the break, Oliver asked for an apology from Joan and she declined.
Social media backlash
Not long after, Uganda social media was on fire with thousands of users condemning the presenter for her unprofessionalism. Miss Uganda later took to her social media to thank her country people for their support.
“Dear Friends, Thank you for your massive love and support! I’ve received hundreds of thousands of messages, hence my inability to thank you all individually. Just know I am really touched and honoured by your generosity!
“Let’s support each other and build unbreakable empires – As the old African adage goes, ‘If you want to go fast, go alone. If you want to go far, go together’. I love you all from the bottom of my heart. Stay safe! For God and my country,” she wrote.
Joan took to social media as well to explain that she did nothing wrong and that it was Oliver that was too slow to understand her question.
“I didn’t say that I am more beautiful than miss Uganda and I didn’t try to out-compete with her however much I am also beautiful, she was just too slow to understand my question,” she wrote.
Her tweet elicited mixed reactions among online users who demanded an apology from her.
“I Joan Lule on Monday went against my professional etiquette of a good host as a human. I was misperceived though I made it clear that I didn’t mean to offend her. Therefore, for going against professional ethics, I hereby apologize to my viewers and my guest because it was so unbecoming of me to lose emotional control, I lost my cool and yield at my guest which was not good so I am sorry,” she apologized.