Miss Universe 2015 had the most awkward moment in TV history. A day after the controversial event, conspiracy theories abound. Colombians think either Donald Trump or the Mafia was behind this. There was also a mystery woman behind the fiasco. Some say it was a publicity stunt to salvage ratings for Miss Universe.
Miss Universe 2015 host Steve Harvey mistakenly announced that Miss Colombia was the winner. About two minutes later, he went back onstage and declared Miss Philippines as the true victor of the crown.
One conspiracy theory was that Harvey was actually drunk while hosting.
According to a report from TMZ, he was spotted gambling and drinking at a Las Vegas casino hours before the pageant finals on Sunday. Photos released by the website show Harvey playing at a “high-end roulette table” at Caesars. The report says he was seen on both Friday and Sunday.
Some Colombians believe that Harvey intentionally humiliated Miss Colombia. A mystery woman allegedly approached the host after his mistake. The woman handed him an envelope, according to a YouTube video. This envelope contained the card he later flashed on camera after admitting his error. “Female accomplice pretends to celebrate, but is actually carrying in her hand the original letter announcing Miss Philippines as the winner,” the Spanish caption of the video said as translated via Google translate.
Some believe Trump was behind the whole thing. “I think it’s a conspiracy. Mistake opens door for Trump to buy back Miss Universe if his campaign falters,” Twitter user Dan Kroll tweeted.
Raoul Martinez, a TV anchor in San Diego, believe it is a publicity stunt for the Miss Universe and Fox to achieve desired ratings and word of mouth. “You guys buying this? I’m no conspiracy theorist, but this smells fishy to me. Sounds like a big publicity stunt to get everyone talking about Miss Universe, when normally, let’s be honest now, no one would be talking about Miss Universe,” he posted on his Facebook page.
Back in Colombia, journalists have been dissecting footage of the Miss Universe 2015 mistaken announcement. According to a report from The Washington Post, there had been broadcasters who discussed in detail Trump’s possible involvement.
While there are those who believe a powerful group would like to stop Colombia from winning the crown for two consecutive years. “Mafias are everywhere. They stole the title. After winning last year’s Miss Universe we’re a beauty pageant powerhouse and nobody wants us to win again,” Efrain Salinas was quoted as saying by The Washington Post.