On Sunday night, the host of the Miss Universe pageant, Steve Harvey, made the biggest mistake the host of the Miss Universe pageant can possibly make: He crowned Miss Colombia, Ariadna Gutierrez, as the winner, before coming back on stage, apologizing, dethroning Gutierrez, and crowning the real winner, Miss Philippines, Pia Alonzo Wurtzbach, in what was the most awkward two minutes of live television since Kanye’s infamous “Imma let you finish.”
Harvey quickly became the most hated man in Colombia who Colombians had never heard of. But beyond Colombia, Latin Americans of all nationalities came together to mourn and to mock as one:
COLOMBIAPHOBIA : the fear of being too happy because something tragic will happen #MissUniverse2015— Third (@thirdjabilles) December 21, 2015
Harvey apologized, but not without hitting Colombians where it hurts most.
ColUmbia? Steve.... Just stop. pic.twitter.com/e3MTknv5oQ— Joanna Hausmann (@Joannahausmann) December 21, 2015
@miblogestublog I'm sorry Miss Fallopians and Miss Columbine!— Jessica Solt (@saltasolt) December 21, 2015
Spelling Colombia with a "u" is the quickest way to get a Colombian to hate you, Steve. Even the Wall Street Journal knows that, Steve.