For about two minutes on Sunday night, the people of Colombia had much to celebrate. For the second straight year, a woman from their nation had been crowned Miss Universe.
And then Steve Harvey happened.
The affable, if sometimes snarky comedian, who has breathed new life into Family Feud with his biting sense of humor, hosted the pageant.
And really, as host of Miss Universe, you only have one thing to do. It’s not the Emmys, where you’re expected to open the show with a funny monologue. Nor is it the Tonys, where a song and dance number is customary.
You announce the winner. That’s it. You read from a card. It’s your only task.
And yet, Steve Harvey butchered it in the most painfully awkward way possible when he accidentally declared the first runner up, Ariadna Gutierrez Arevalo, as the winner.
His embarrassing error was made on a grand stage for the entire world to see. But let’s not get too worked up — it’s the furthest thing from a scandal. It was simply an innocent mistake.
Did he deprive a young woman from a glorious honor she would have wore proudly for her entire life? Sure. Did he all but guarantee that the Colombian cartel will hunt him down if he steps anywhere near the country’s borders? Probably.
And did he ensure that he will be forever associated with this gaffe for the rest of his life? Most definitely.
But other than all that, it wasn’t too big of a deal.
The real winner, Pia Wurtzbach, of the Philippines, was the benefactor of Harvey’s blunder. And let’s face it — she’s the hotter one, anyway. The result never should have been in doubt.
It’s reasons like this why social media exists. Human boneheadedness is the oxygen that Twitter and Facebook require for survival, and Steve Harvey just delivered a lifetime supply.
Any one who’s ever embarrassed themselves in grand fashion could empathize with Steve Harvey. And he was forced to admit and take responsibility for his mistake live on television, as he hopelessly waved the results card at the camera to show he wasn’t pulling some type of prank.
And to make matters worse, he issued an apology tweet after the show, misspelling both Colombia and the Philippines in the process. To be fair, 50 percent of people probably spell the Philippines wrong on their first try.
But at the end of the day, it provided the best water cooler conversation material of 2015. Don’t even deny that you spent the first 20 minutes of work Monday morning discussing this incident with your colleagues. You’re probably the one who put the YouTube video on your computer to show your co-workers who didn’t know about it.
Steve Harvey, meanwhile, never known for his intellect to begin with, just needs be his old, playful self moving forward. And he’ll be fine.
And he also accomplished something else.
He’s the first person to embarrass theirself on national television in the last five months who isn’t running for the Republican nomination for president!