With Steve Harvey blunder, public overreaction on full display

Micah Barrientos, Opinion writer

As you’ve probably seen a million times on social media, Steve Harvey recently made a mistake. Harvey, who was hosting the Miss Universe competition Dec. 20, accidentally read the name of Miss Colombia as the pageant winner until realizing his mistake a few minutes later.

Harvey, clearly mortified, returned to the stage to offer his apologies and read the name of the actual winner. “OK, folks, uh, I have to apologize,” Harvey said. “The first runner-up is Colombia. Miss Universe 2015 is Philippines.”

As Miss Philippines and Miss Colombia stood onstage, in what looked like a mix of shock and confusion, Harvey continued. “Look folks, let me just take control of this. This is what is exactly on the card. I will take responsibility for this.”

And the public accepted his apology, because all people make mistakes, right?


In this day and age, when a celebrity makes a mistake, it seems like the public instantly overreacts. From Harvey to Justin Bieber to Miley Cyrus to the other countless celebrities whose mistakes have been plastered all over the TV and Internet, celebrities have become a cause for public outrage.

Just because celebrities are famous doesn’t make them that much different from the average person. People need to just let these small mistakes go and focus instead on the good many celebrities do. It’s not worth the time to sit and gossip about the people who made these mistakes. And it’s always worth it to put yourself in their position — how would you feel if you made a simple mistake and everyone started making fun of you?

That doesn’t mean, however, that claiming something was a “mistake” can be an easy way to convince people that you didn’t mean harm. Afterall, celebrities know right from wrong, just like regular people do. So when they make those more harmful mistakes — like beating their wives or drinking and driving — they need to take responsibility.

But so do we as their fans.

We need to stop gossiping and let the little things go. And we need to hold role models accountable when they mess up in unacceptable ways.


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