The husband destroyed the winner’s crown after his wife finished second in a Brazilian beauty competition
According to Yahoo News, the man attacked the Miss Gay Mato Grosso contest stage, grabbing the decorative headpiece just as officials were about to place it on winner Emannuelly Belini’s head.
It happened after a highly competitive final of the competition, which was open to Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, Queer, Intersex, Asexual, Pansexual, and other (LGBTQIAP+) competitors, between Belini of Várzea Grande and Nathally Becker of Cuiabá.
In video footage obtained by the Brazilian news site Globo, a man described as Ms. Becker’s husband can be seen seizing the crown and throwing it to the ground in anger.
He is then shown taking up the headpiece again and throwing it to the ground, causing it to shatter into pieces.
The man is also seen trying to grab the hand of his shocked spouse and fleeing before being apprehended by what looks to be event security.
Following the incident on Saturday, Malone Haenisch, one of the pageant’s organizers, “vehemently condemned” the man’s behavior.
They said he “did not consider the result to be fair and caused all this inconvenience and damage,” Globo reported.
“We confirm the pageant jury’s choice and we sympathise with the elected Miss, as well as [Becker], as she is not responsible for the crazy attitudes of third parties,” they added.
The organizers indicated in a statement that they will take legal action and congratulated Belini on winning the competition.
“We reiterate our best wishes and wish you a glamorous reign, and that your activities may reflect the voice and desires of the LGBTQIAP+ community,” it added.