In the most talked-about beauty pageant scandal since Vanessa Williams lost her crown as Miss America back in 1984, this year’s Miss Universe pageant is continuing to make headlines. In case you missed it, (one-time, I’m sure) host Steve Harvey accidentally named runner-up Ariadna Gutierrez Arevalo, Miss Colombia, as the pageant’s winner – instead of the true winner, Miss Philippines, Pia Alonzo Wurzbach. The incident, which has been responsible for some hilarious memes that have been flooding my Facebook feed (and probably yours as well), refuses to go away.
On Tuesday’s Good Morning America, pageant judge Perez Hilton, who is always good for a bitchy comment or two, shared his thoughts about Sunday’s events and cast some shade on Miss Colombia. The 37-year-old Perez said, “As a judge, and I’m looking at everything that happened, I see her [Miss Colombia] posting on Instagram that she’s the true winner. There’s a reason — many reasons — that she didn’t win.”
Perez was referring to a photo posted on Adriana’s Instagram of her 15 seconds of fame as Miss Universe, with the caption “POR SIEMPRE TU MISS UNIVERSO!! COLOMBIA!!!!!!!”, which translates to, “Forever your Miss Universe! Colombia!”
Perez also said that when he heard that Miss Colombia won, he said he thought the pageant was “rigged” because he said all of the judges (along with former Miss USA/actress Olivia Culpo, Scream Queens’ Denise Hemphill, Niecy Nash and former NFL player Emmitt Smith…what a random assortment of judges, huh?) voted for Miss Philippines. He also took a shot at Steve Harvey, saying the host “just didn’t do his job well, period.” He added, “There is a prompter but the moment where he crowns the winner isn’t on the prompter because that moment, they don’t want the other girls to know, so it was just on his card and he read it incorrectly.”
Later, on his podcast, Perez continued his rant against Miss Colombia, saying “I don’t know if the people at home could see this, but Miss Colombia was being a straight-up diva bitch. [She was] rude to her translator. She was giving the most awful side-eye, throwing major shade…Miss Colombia was not happy with the pace or the way that the translator was translating.”
But Perez isn’t the only one with something to say about the pageant – and Miss Colombia isn’t the only contestant on the receiving end of some unwarranted shade. Miss Germany, Sarah-Lorraine Riek, talked to pageant website Missosology after the pageant and had a few things to say about Miss Philippines. In the brief interview, posted on Missosology’s Facebook page, she claimed that none of her fellow contestants voted for Miss Philippines to win the competition. She also said, “I was so upset. For me, Miss France was the real winner.” She added that she felt that Miss Colombia “really deserved” to win and remarked, “None of us voted for Philippines. I’m so sorry to say it. I wish her the best of luck with her year, but I’m really not happy with the results.”
After the interview, Miss Germany(‘s publicist) took to the Miss Germany Facebook page to apologize for her comments. The statement read in part, “Miss Universe Germany Sarah-Lorraine feels sorry for her colleague and friend Miss Colombia. This must have been the worst nightmare. She never intended to offend Miss Philippines in any way. She feels sorry for both girls. As well for Pia Miss Philippines that she didn’t have her real crowning moment.” The statement went on to say, “She is really sorry if the video suggests anything else than that. It’s an emotional roller coaster what happened yesterday in Las Vegas. She and all the other girls felt so sorry for Colombia at that moment. They could all imagine how this must feel. That’s not the final result moment what you wish for anyone. And also for Pia.”
So much drama! Everyone’s jumping on the publicity train here, aren’t they? Although, if there’s a stop coming soon, you know Steve Harvey would be more than happy to get off.
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