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Miss Papua New Guinea’s TikTok twerks aren’t the problem — misogyny is

Lucy Maino was an accomplished role model before she became Miss Papua New Guinea. The 25-year-old co-captained her country’s national football team, bringing home two gold medals from the 2019 Pacific Games in Samoa. She also attended the University of Hawaii on a sports scholarship and earned a business degree. But posting a TikTok of herself twerking was enough to cancel-out Maino’s other triumphs, according to conservative voices. This week, Miss Papua New Guinea was stripped of her crown, and critics say the incident is reflective of deep-seated misogyny in the Oceanic nation.

As anyone who’s spent more than five minutes on TikTok can attest, there are probably, like, literally a million videos of people twerking on the app. But…

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