Was “The Curse of Donald Trump” behind the colossal mistake at Sunday evenings Miss Universe pageant — one of the most awkward situations in television history?
Host Steve Harvey took the stage at the Planet Hollywood Las Vegas Resort & Casino and announced the wrong winner, naming Miss Colombia Ariadna Gutierrez-Arévalo when it was actually Miss Philippines Pia Alonzo Wurtzbach.
Earlier in the evening, celebrity judge Perez Hilton ridiculed Trump when naming differences between the Miss USA pageant and the Miss Universe pageants, saying the Republican presidential front-runner “thankfully no longer owns this pageant.”
(Trump sold the Miss Universe organization to WME/IMG in September.)
The camera cuts to Harvey, who is seen laughing uproariously, which prompted Newsbusters to wonder if this triggered the alleged “curse.”
Harvey would go on to make the most embarrassing gaffe of his otherwise impressive career, for which he will never live down.
All which goes to show that mocking Donald Trump on national TV could very well result in a jinx of dire misfortune. Or not.
The real estate tycoon really wasn’t vengeful at all when he took to social media afterwards to express regret over the screw up, saying it was “very sad. He added that it would “never have happened” were he still in charge of the pageant.
And while not everyone was in agreement, most Trump supporters were convinced. Here’s a sampling of responses from Twitter:
@realDonaldTrump this is why we need you Mr Trump
— ️ (@mrsthott) December 21, 2015
@realDonaldTrump Same thing happened at a Miss America pageant when Miss California spoke on her views on Marriage.
— Dave #CruzCrewIsrael (@davidWeissman3) December 21, 2015
@realDonaldTrump I agree that it would have never happened under your watch. Sad only describes for all involved.
— Dan Van (@DanVanMedia) December 21, 2015
@realDonaldTrump Steve Harvey you’re fired!
— HENRY ESSICK II (@datruthhurt2) December 21, 2015
@realDonaldTrump this wouldn’t have happened if u were the owner!
— Kotcha (@Kotcha301) December 21, 2015
— rock and roll joel (@deadfan1) December 21, 2015
— Stephanie Whitney (@WSWhitney) December 21, 2015
— Derek Willett (@Derek_Willett) December 21, 2015
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