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Survey Says…Steve Fucked Up. But It Is and Isn’t His Fault. (It’s His Fault.)

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Being live is a bitch. Just ask Steve Harvey who managed to fuck up the most important part of the Miss Universe pageant that I’m fairly certain the vast majority of us had no clue was happening.

Actually, that’s not true. After every move on Words With Friends, an ad for the show would pop up on my iPhone since I’m too cheap to pay for the version without ads. Anyway, by now you’ve all heard what happened and have probably seen the video.

To recap: Steve Harvey initially announced that the wrong person – Miss Colombia – won the Miss Universe pageant. He then had to come back on stage, swallow his pride, and give the crown to the actual winner, Miss Philippines. The video isn’t as painful to watch as you’d think. It’s awkward, of course, but I have to give some credit to Steve (it’s amazing that I feel as if I’m on first name status with him) for how he addressed it on stage. Obviously, his experience as a career comedian and stage performer worked in his favor. He made a mistake, but he did it with grace.

Now, let’s be clear. Steve Harvey fucked this one up in a most royal fashion. In the grand scheme of fucking things up, this is akin to announcing that the wrong album won the Grammy for Album Of The Year, or the wrong film won the Oscar for Best Picture, or wrong person won best actor in a lead role…you get the point. This is the ultimate award show gaffe. This is THE one thing every awards show hopes doesn’t happen, and more specifically in a pageant because it all comes down to that final moment with that ONE winner.

But okay, Steve messed up. Royally. He’s definitely not getting invited back next year to host (or attend) the Miss Universe pageant. Cool. Now let’s talk about how the Miss Universe pageant can make sure this doesn’t happen again. Because it can.

Did you see that cue card?

cuecard

Why wouldn’t you make the winner HUGE! Why was the wording and info on the card so small? Who sanctioned that shit?

I’m guessing this is what happened: Steve opens the card and sees that Miss USA is the 2nd runner up. At this point, he announces and realizes he has two winners left, knows its Philippines and Colombia, and commits it to memory. Except when it came time to announce, he transposed the winners in his head causing the mistake heard ’round the world. That’s his bad. Bad Steve!

But why wasn’t it MORE clear. I realize I’m giving him more benefit of the doubt than is probably necessary. Clearly he can read. The winner was indicated in a different location on the card than the Runner’s-Up. But seriously, did you see how small the font was on that card? I’m not saying Steve didn’t mess up on his own, what I am saying is that they probably could have done more to make it apparent. The winner font seemed smaller than the other two. Why isn’t that shit in 34-point Comic Sans???

Steve was right to claim full responsibility and tweet out that he’s sorry to the Phillipian and the Columbian. He needs to get some folks to read his tweets before he sends them from here on out too. He messed up lots real good.

But that pageant that nobody cared about before he messed up needs to put in some safeguards for next year so that this type of thing doesn’t happen again. I can’t imagine how many things go wrong on live telecasts that we don’t even realize because there’s a plan A-ZZ.

Of course, there’s really no Plan B for “read the card in your hand that we have provided to you.”

Oh, well.

Thanks, Obama.

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  • Pinks

    Hubby seems to think it was staged – like no one in the control room was in his ear in his mic saying “Ni gga no!”? And has he never seen a pageant before to know that there are runners up called before the actual winner? Did no one prepare him for what was about to happen? These are questions.

    For what it’s worth, the card could’ve been executed better, but for all his TV experience I would’ve hoped he took a quick glance over the card before actually saying words. Then again, I’ve never been on a nationally televised anything so what the he ll do I know?

    In other news, #dabonemCAM is about to be my slogan for whenever I do some smoove s hit to get myself out of a pickle. Dat boy good.

    • miss t-lee

      As of last night, folks were saying the prompter said one thing, and the card said another.
      Pretty wild if that’s actually true.

      • Pinks

        If it’s true, then I kind of feel bad for him.

      • PaddyfotePrincess

        That’s messed up.

      • Nick Peters

        The prompter seemed off (slow) from the 5 minutes I saw

        • miss t-lee

          Interesting…

          • YeaSoh

            They set our man up for the okey doke

            • miss t-lee

              I’m not going down that road with y’all.

              • YeaSoh

                lol

  • PaddyfotePrincess

    Wayne Brady will be hosting next year.

    • Val

      I think he’s a much, much better choice than Steve Harvey. When I saw Steve was hosting last night I was like, why?

      • He was so creepy during the swimsuit competition too. lol And he looked legitimately confused by the translation process. It was… kinda rough.

        • Val

          Lol Yeah the host of a beauty contest is supposed to be suave, Steve is not suave.

          • I think he was going for comedy, but American humor doesn’t necessarily translate to an international audience. He seemed like an odd choice from the jump.

          • Mary Burrell

            LOL ?

        • miss t-lee

          Oh man…this sounds hilarious.

        • shanna
      • PaddyfotePrincess

        I’m guessing they’ll bring Billy Ocean out of retirement before calling Steve again.

        • miss t-lee

          *screams*

        • RewindingtonMaximus

          Nah they need Billy Dee Williams at this point.

          Put them Colt 45s on deck, and everyone will be happy

          • QuirlyGirly

            Nah they can use Billy Dee- he wasn’t looking to well on Dancing with the Stars. They aint going with no more black people. George Lopez is on deck

            • …Or Mario Lopez -crosses fingers and legs-

              • QuirlyGirly

                LOL- A good choice but if Adam Rodriguez could be host. That smile just kills me…hmmm hmmmm

            • RewindingtonMaximus

              Listen…we need somebody smooth. Billy Dee was the ace in the hole. I’m out of options now, and this is way beneath Prince to do.

        • QuirlyGirly

          BHAHAHAHA *passes out from laughing to hard

    • laddibugg

      He’s doing miss America…. Don’t let a contestant from either pageant hear you confuse the two.

      • PaddyfotePrincess

        Haha! Thanks for the clarification. I don’t want my comment to prompt an angry response from Kenya Moore.

        • laddibugg

          Lol that’s the first person I thought of.

    • RewindingtonMaximus

      Safe negro to the rescue!

      • Val

        Don’t make Wayne stab you. Lol

      • Me

        Honestly it’s not even about calling on a safe negro. Steve was just such a bad choice that expecting him to not #fuckup was THE hail mary of the program.

        • YeaSoh

          Ok ok … I didn’t watch but it sounds like he only messed up that one part

          • Me

            I didn’t either but I’ve seen enough of Steve attempting to navigate the professional presentation lane to know he roughs up everything. His style is too gritty for pageantry.

            • I don’t understand why award shows are h e l l bent on tapping comedians to host anyway.

              I’d love to watch Alex Trebek host! Pageants don’t need the extra forced humor in a host. They need someone who can be charming and engage the crowd when need be.

              • QuirlyGirly

                Alex is the man. He is low key funny and he throws shade all the time at the Jeopardy contestants.

                • Pinks

                  #beenbae

        • QuirlyGirly

          Well if they picked him for the hail mary – it worked because people are talking about the pageant where as if he hadn’t messed up, no one would be talking about it.

          Well VSB would be talking about how Miss Jamaica got robbed

        • RewindingtonMaximus

          I don’t believe that. With all of the ventures Steve is juggling right now, he is a great candidate for the position. The problem is it isn’t something he’s done before and perhaps it being an international affair made it all the more stressful in the end.

          • Me

            Steve only excels in arenas that play on a comedian’s strong suits: making light of life’s little awkward moments and ad-libbing, neither of which are called for/wanted in pageantry. Particularly not international pageantry. Appealing to a broad spectrum of cultures WITHIN the U.S. took #damnnear his whole standup career to master. Parlaying his recent expansion in related entertainment onto an international stage was going to be no less than awkward even if he didn’t screw up technically. He’s the equivalent of using apple cider to toast a high end wedding. It looks the part and gets the job done but champagne, it will never be.

    • Ochi9

      LOL!

  • DebKII

    I don’t see it as that confusing…the winner is on the OTHER SIDE of the card.

    • Pinks

      Such was my first thought. It isn’t THAT difficult.

    • miss t-lee

      It’s not, at all.

    • AlwaysCC

      he used to regularly mess up reading stuff on his radio show. it was funny at first, then it was just kinda pitiful imo. i haven’t listened to his show in a long time, but i hope he’s improved since he started doing the family feud…

      • QuirlyGirly

        He sure did and Shirley Strawberry used to correct him all the time. It was pitiful

      • DebKII

        He’s just not that smart tbh

  • PrettyGeekz

    And Donald Trump made sure he put his two cents in, too.

  • PDL – Cape Girl

    What the? I didn’t say anything that would cause my post to be placed in a holding cell

  • miss t-lee

    The card is clear as heyll.
    I mean, he hosts family feud all the time, how is this different?
    Miss Colombia held it together though, they would’ve had to find Miss Philippines another crown if that was me.

    • Pinks

      Chile. Like that was the equivalent of pulling the hot fry right out of her mouth as soon as she pulled off from the drive thru. Just turrble.

      • miss t-lee

        Girl…yes.

    • Guest from DC

      PREACH!!! Look, I am officially in the “Hey people make mistakes. He was as gracious as he could be under the circumstance and tried to right a wrong as quickly as possible” category. But when people try to defend him by claiming that the card was ambiguous–naw players–reading is fundamental and that card was clear as heyll. So I’m not giving him a pass. He messed up and it was his fault but he did his best to make it better.

      • miss t-lee

        Thank you. Folks were caping for him talking about the card was hard to read. It don’t get no clearer.
        He apologized for his mistake, and owned up. That’s all you can ask.

        • Cleojonz

          These are the same folks that will take his sh*tty dating advice lol.

          • miss t-lee

            *hollering*

          • RewindingtonMaximus

            He couldn’t be a millionaire on his own…the stans always pick you up when you fall

          • QuirlyGirly

            I dont know anyone who successfully followed his dating advice and came out on top.

    • cakes_and_pies

      I didn’t understand his confusion at all.

      • miss t-lee

        Girl…exactly.

    • Qris_10

      Thank You miss t-lee!! I thought I was crazy when everyone else is talking how unclear the cue card was……it’s clear as freakin daylight on a 85 degree day in June! The winner is to the FAR right underneath where it says “WINNER” and the runners up were on the FAR left. Really?? I mean, I’m not saying Steve is stupid or anything but he may have just been nervous or had a few cocktails before the show. Maybe he needed to wear his reading glasses that night …..something else besides “the card was confusing”. Give me a break.

      • miss t-lee

        Personally, I think he might have forgotten his readers.

  • Freebird

    Hehe…

    • PDL – Cape Girl

      LOLOLOLOLOL

  • I was kinda mad I missed it considering I’d sat through Charlie Puth and everything else up until that point. I had been watching the show for lack of a better option (okay, and I like the dresses and the pageantry and the bad interview question responses) and I was rooting for [the first biracial] Miss Japan. When she got booted, I turned it off and started getting ready for bed thinking surely nothing interesting was going to happen at that point. Boy, was I wrong.

    • Val

      Same here. When the Black woman was booted I changed the channel and never went back. I actually forgot about the show until this morning. Lol

  • -h.h.h.-

    #DidntWatch #StarWars

  • Courtney Wheeler

    Did anyone see his tweet apologizing? He spelled the Philippines wrong.

    • Mika

      Def did.

    • Dougie

      And Colombia.

      • Courtney Wheeler

        Oh damn..yeah he should slap his social media manager…or just hire one in general.
        *DM’s her resume to Steve Harvey* haha

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