Was Miss Universe Fiasco A Publicity Stunt?

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Jessica Renae Buxbaum
But the embarrassing gaffe also has social media questioning the authenticity of the viral moment: was the horrifying mistake actually a publicity stunt?

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Steve Harvey’s epic fail in crowning Miss Colombia instead of Miss Philippines during the Miss Universe 2015 set the Internet ablaze with pageant talk. But the embarrassing gaffe also has social media questioning the authentisity of the viral moment: was the horrifying mistake actually a publicity stunt?

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Conspiracy theories swept across the Internet with many users deeming the awkward moment a hoax to help draw attention to the Miss Universe pageant, which has declined in ratings over the years.

Others believed Harvey’s faux pas was done intentionally to help boost the daytime talk show host’s career.  

And some suspected Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump had something to do with the historic blunder.

Whether conspiracy theories running wild online are possible or just mere speculation, most users were skeptical of Harvey’s initial confusion when the card clearly stated who the real winner was. Senior moment, perhaps?

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