Friday, October 28, 2016

Miss Universe

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An unexpected disaster happened at the Miss Universe pageant on Sunday night—when host Steve Harvey accidentally announced the wrong winner.

The final two contestants were Miss Philippines and Miss Colombia. Harvey accidentally announced that Miss Colombia had won. He stood silently, presumably figuring out how he was going to correct things, as Miss Colombia was crowned and blew kisses to the audiences.

Finally, Harvey goes up to the Colombia beauty queen and tells her about his mistake.

The broadcast ended with pageant officials taking the crown off Miss Colombia’s head, and putting it on the head of the new Miss Universe: Miss Philippines, Pia Alonzo. Miss Colombia was the first runner-up.

Steve Harvey, for his part, feels terrible.

In a tweet after the fact—which was soon deleted—he said, “I want to apologize emphatically to Miss Philippians [sic] and Miss Columbia [sic]. This was a terribly honest human mistake and I am so regretful.”

The pageant was formerly owned by Donald Trump’s Trump Organization.

Formerly a 50-50 joint venture between Trump and NBC, Trump bought NBC’s stake in the pageant after NBC decided to end their business relationship with the controversial Republican frontrunner, after he made unflattering statements about illegal immigrants from Mexico.

Trump, after briefly owning the entire pageant, sold it earlier this year.

NBC has since walked back its plans to cut out Trump, at least somewhat: Trump was a guest host on NBC’s Saturday Night Live in November, leading to a massive ratings hit. But even though Trump doesn’t own the pageant anymore, they seem to have lost out on Miss Universe for the foreseeable future: the pageant aired on Fox, not NBC, on Sunday night.

Trump, for his part, couldn’t help but twist the knife a little, on how he was much better at managing the pageant.

“Very sad what happened last night at the Miss Universe Pageant. I sold it 6 months ago for a record price. This would never have happened!” he said via Twitter.

Watch the video here.

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Univision President Alberto Ciurana compared Donald Trump to a mass murderer–and now, he’s been forced to apologize.

Earlier this week, Ciurana posted a photo on Instagram comparing Donald Trump, the billionaire businessman now running for the Republican nomination for President, and Dylann Roof, the man who murdered nine African-Americans in a Charleston, S.C., church.

Further, on Thursday, Univision announced it would be cutting ties with the Miss Universe pageant (and its nationally affiliate, the Miss USA pageant).

All because the pageants are partially owned by Donald Trump’s Trump Organization, and the Spanish-language channel doesn’t seem to like his personal political views.

“At Univision, we see first-hand the work ethic, love for family, strong religious values, and the important role Mexican immigrants and Mexican-Americans have had and will continue to have in the building of our country. We will not be airing the Miss USA Pageant”

Ciurana and Univision learned the hard way: don’t mess with Donald Trump.

“I’m going to have to sue Univision now… They have a signed contract,” a furious Donald Trump said. “They’ll have to pay me a lot of money.”

He wasn’t joking: he already had his lawyer, Michael Cohen, on the case. And a lawsuit against Univision–for both breach of contract for cancelling the Miss Universe pageants, and for defamation for comparing Trump to a mass murderer–is already in the works.

Further, Cohen called for Ciurana to resign:

“It was a totally insensitive act and I would call for his immediate resignation fro Univision,” Cohen said.

Cohen also suggested that Univision, which plans to co-host a presidential debate, is unfit to be a fair moderator–considering Donald Trump is likely to participate in the debates, after these comments.

Trump echoed that sentiment: “It’s a total conflict of interest” for Univision to moderate.

Following the snafu, Ciurana apologized:

“I’m Mexican who was very upset by Mr. Trump’s recent comments about Mexican immigrants, but I should not have re-posted the photo.”

That might not have the desired effect. Trump, succinctly, responded: “Apology not accepted.”



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