Malo Soifua Teuila,
On behalf of the Samoan people, particularly those who have spent the last few days tarnishing your reputation as a role model for young Pacific women, I offer my sincere apology to you. I am sorry that you have had to endure the pain and agony in watching your son go through a humiliating experience – all because many of your fellow Pacific peoples (especially the Samoan) hashtagged your name alongside hurtful, leering comments that made fun of a private moment in your life.
As a fellow Samoan woman, I am so sorry that you have had to endure the criticism and embarrassment that has hurt your dear mother, from your aiga in Sāmoa. We come from such a proud culture – there is alofa, but there is also the hurt that we feel from our own people during times like this.
Please continue to hold your head up high – while there are many who have been quick to jump on the Teuila/Konrad bandwagon, forgetting their role as supportive ‘aiga’, there are also many of us who are sending you the courage and alofa to deal with your pain.
The Lost Coconut, Melbourne Australia.