Netizens start to believe that erroneous announcement of Miss Universe 2015 winner is a conspiracy

Who is the real Miss Universe 2015 Winner?

After Miss Universe 2015 host Steve Harvey mistakenly announced the wrong country as the winner of the coveted title and the $30,000 blue diamond and topaz crown, netizens in the social media start to believe that it was all just an orchestrated stunt.

Miss Universe Pia Wurtzbach with her brand new Crown
Miss Universe 2015 Winner Pia Wurtzbach with her brand new Crown

Miss Universe 2015 was supposed to end after the host, Steve Harvey, announces the country of origin of one of the top three women standing nervously on 5-inch high heels and on a brightly-lit stage. When Harvey announces that Miss Colombia won the pageant, everything was supposed to follow per the annual ritual—the winner gets to receive the crown, the winner gets to walk down the aisle, and the winner gets to bathe in limelight and camera flashes backstage as she returns to a hotel room while the members of the media bombard her with questions and score footages for the latest scoop. This year, however, the host accidentally announced the wrong winner—the winner is Miss Philippines, and Miss Colombia is the first runner-up—and since that night, reports on Miss Universe 2015 has been all over the place.

Pia Alonzo Wurtzbach is the 64th Miss Universe 2015 Winner
Pia Alonzo Wurtzbach, Miss Universe Philippines 2015 is announced the winner at the conclusion of The 2015 MISS UNIVERSE® Telecast airing live from Planet Hollywood Resort & Casino on FOX Sunday, December 20. HO/The Miss Universe Organization

Netizens from various social media each reacted differently about the matter. While most netizens were bashing Harvey and how his mistake embarrassed not only Miss Colombia but the entire country as a whole, some people, like Harry Styles from One Direction, sympathized with the host: “At least he apologized and admitted that he made a MISTAKE,” his tweet read.

The road to the Miss Universe crown is never easy. A message from Miss Universe 2015, Pia Alonzo Wurtzbach.

Posted by Miss Universe on Sunday, December 20, 2015

But while most netizens went either for or against Steve Harvey, there appears to be another group of netizens which strongly believed that the apparent mistake was all a stunt used to get Miss Universe back into business again. Several Twitter users, like Pierce Edman, said that “Steve Harvey’s mistake was all a conspiracy… to make Miss Universe… [and] Steve Harvey relevant again.” Some people are just convinced that the mistake was all just an elaborate setup, like Twitter user Fifth Pagotan, who believed that it made Miss Universe “more exciting and controversial.”

Is Miss Universe 2015 Scripted?
Is Miss Universe 2015 Scripted?

The author of an article posted in the Opinion section of CNN online also believed that the event might have boosted not only Miss Universe 2015’s ratings, but also Miss Universe’s popularity as a whole.

Miss Universe 2015 Top 5 Delegates
Miss Universe 2015 Top 5 Delegates

Whether the mistake was done intentionally or unintentionally, there is no doubt that everyone involved in Miss Universe 2015, Steve Harvey, the two confused candidates Miss Philippines and Miss Colombia, the people in the stadium, the audiences watching from all parts of the world, the corporation handling the Miss Universe franchise, and the fans of the women, were affected greatly. And there’s also no doubt that Miss Universe 2015 is all over the news. Nevertheless, what is done is already done, and the rest will just be history.

References:

1. Konstantinides, Anneta and Snejana Farberov. 2015. “Awkward! The moment Steve Harvey apologized to Miss Philippines backstage – as it’s revealed he was ‘drinking and playing high-end roulette hours before the pageant’.” Mail Online, December 22. Accessed December 22, 2015. http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-3369107/Miss-Universe-fans-cry-publicity-stunt-Miss-Colombia-runner-wrongly-crowned-winner-says-happens-reason-tearful-backstage-interview.html.

2. Fifth Pagotan. 2015. Twitter tweet. Accessed December 22, 2015. https://twitter.com/FifthSolomon/status/679191287036186624.

3. Drexler, Peggy. 2015. “Miss Universe 2015: Was it a stunt to name wrong winner?” CNN Opinion, December 21. Accessed December 22, 2015. http://edition.cnn.com/2015/12/21/opinions/drexler-miss-universe-pageant/.

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