Playboy model Victoria Bonya has said it will be better for half the world's population to be wiped out than the Earth to die as coronavirus pandemic ravages the globe.
The model-turned-actress, who represented Russia at the Miss Earth pageant in 2001, said in an Instagram video: “Sorry, but I just have to share this, it is all in our interest. Our planet is ruined.
“For me, it is better to lose half of humanity instead of losing the whole planet. Myself, I am ready to die as well just to save our world.”
The post received an immediate backlash from some of Ms Bonya’s 6.5 million Instagram followers, who branded the idea genocidal.
One commenter said: “I don’t think you would talk in such a manner if, God forbid, one of your relatives fell ill or died of such a virus.”
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Another added: “She says it would be better for the planet if half of us died, blah blah, but she herself left Russian from France as she knows treatment is better in Europe than in her native country so she has a higher chance of survival there.”
Bonya took down the video shortly after it began drawing strongly negative comments and added a written post clarifying her remarks.
She said: “Mankind as a whole has become worse than a locust which eats everything in its path and does not leave a living thing!
“Over the past 50 years, we have killed the planet in a way that no generation has in thousands of years.
"Such a shake-up, in the form of the coronavirus, should be beneficial to us,” she added.
However, Bonya stressed, she does not wish anyone death, illness, or anything bad.
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The 40-year-old presenter, model and jeans designer said that she hopes the COVID-19 crisis will “teach us to be aware, appreciate life, appreciate nature, water, rivers, lakes, oceans, and seas, animals, clean air and everything that the planet gives us.”
Bonya said that the situation with coronavirus will give the environment a break.
She said: “Material life has sucked us in, in such a way that we are destroying ourselves, but we don’t feel sorry for ourselves! But the planet is sorry for the pain in our heart."
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Bonya was for several years the partner of Irish businessman Alexander Smurfit who is one of six heirs to the international Smurfit Kappa Group.
Smurfit and Bonya share a daughter, Angelina, who is aged eight.
She lives with her mum and the pair are presently travelling between Russia and France.
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