The world is buzzing about Steve Harvey’s embarrassing mistake at the Miss Universe pageant — but was it the real deal? Or just a publicity stunt? Many are buzzing about the latter, claiming it was all done to get people talking about the competition. What do you think?!
Did Steve Harvey and the Miss Universe organization totally just fool us ALL!? One theory circulating around the Internet is that the host mistakenly announcing the wrong winner at the 2015 pageant was a total publicity stunt — check out tweets from those who believe we were duped right here!
If this was a marketing scheme, it sure did work: The pageant is all people can talk about even hours afterward. The incident took place at the Dec. 20 live Miss Universe pageant, when Steve announced that Miss Colombia, Ariadna Gutierrez, had won the competition, putting Miss Philippines, Pia Alonzo Wurtzbach, as the first runner-up.
But, upon a second reading of the card, it turned out that it was actually the way around, and Steve had to correct his mistake with millions watching. The whole thing was incredibly awkward, since last year’s winner, Paulina Vega, had to actually take the crown and sash off a shocked Ariadna and transfer them to an equally-surprised Pia.
After his initial apologies onstage and on Twitter, the Family Feud host took to Facebook to offer a more lengthy explanation. “I made a terrible mistake tonight in announcing the wrong winner and runner-up for the Miss Universe pageant,” he wrote. “I know how much pride many countries, fans and most importantly, the contestants, take in preparing for this night. I hope that you can forgive me. All contestants were amazing but I want to specifically apologize to Miss Colombia and Miss Philippines again and wholeheartedly. You both represented well for your countries, families and yourselves.”
The whole thing was especially uncomfortable because Pia and Ariadna were good friends before the broadcast, but with how chaotic everything was, Pia wasn’t even able to confront and apologize to her pal (not that she did anything wrong!) “She was crying and then there was a crowd around her, the girls who were comforting her,” the Miss Universe winner explained. “I was actually very close to her already, but I decided that maybe it was bad timing to do it now — to apologize to her for what happened. So many I’ll do that in the future.” Check out Steve Harvey’s book RIGHT HERE and see conspiracy theory tweets HERE:
Honestly that whole miss universe pageant is just a publicity stunt. I mean who actually knew that was even on tv until I heard about this?
— Queen Hannah (@Queen_Hannah15) December 21, 2015
Seems like the whole miss universe mix up is a publicity stunt tbh
— joana (@joanasanlulu) December 21, 2015
That Miss universe stunt yday was a publicity stunt from Donald trump. Idgaf what anyone says
— Kalliope (@_JennyCee) December 21, 2015
Wouldn't surprise me if the blunder on the Miss Universe competition was a massive publicity stunt! 💃🏼
— Cem Oktem (@cemoktem89) December 21, 2015
Anyone who thinks that the miss universe mistake was anything but a publicity stunt is a total moron.
— Linnhe Kapner (@linnherk) December 21, 2015
Nice publicity stunt there, Miss Universe contest
— Charlotte Morris (@charizarzar) December 21, 2015
HollywoodLifers, do you think this could’ve been a publicity stunt?!