Miss Columbia’s universe came tumbling down after Steve Harvey announced the wrong winner for Miss Universe. The crown, initially given to Ariadna Gutierrez, actually belonged to Miss Philippines (Pia Alonzo Wurtzbach), and the de-crowning literally set the online world ablaze with criticism and, of course, hilarious memes to accompany them.
But . . . was it really that huge of a deal?
Nope. It just further validates the fact that we humans are imperfect, and our happiness, royalty, winning status, or whatever you want to call it, shouldn’t be dependent upon another human being. All of us make mistakes – his was just amplified because it happened to be an international event broadcast on TV – and while it was an embarrassing mistake, it’s something we can all relate to.
Mistakes are how we learn, how we grow. And sometimes, mistakes are our best masterpieces.
What mattered most was how Steve responded to the situation. He did a darn good job at apologizing and correcting the mistake immediately after he realized it, and later one via social media, and he didn’t try to shift the blame. This truly tested his character.
It also tested the characters of the contestants and their supporters. Just think about how much more embarrassing it would’ve been if Miss Philippines threw a tantrum and then realized she was the winner. How she responded spoke much louder. How Steve responded spoke louder. How we respond, speaks louder.
Furthermore, this moment reminded me of a quote from Miss World Caribbean 2014, Rafieya Husain, when I attended the Miss New York World pageant earlier this year:
Don’t ever sell yourself short. This is just the opinion of one, small panel – not the whole world’s.
No matter what’s awarded (or not) to you, it could always be taken away or skewed by man. The beautiful thing is that no one can take away our character, which will grant us far more than a crown.
Watch the Miss Universe crowning recap below.