What does it take for people to unleash a full barrage of hateful and bigoted vulgarities and show just how disgusting and morally bereft they are? Apparently, it takes an international mistake courtesy of Steve Harvey.
By now everyone around the world knows that comedian, actor and tv and radio host, Steve Harvey, made an unimaginable mistake announcing the wrong winner of the Miss Universe pageant. The entire scene is cringe worthy. You can watch it here.
Mistakes happen, right? Even painful and embarrassing mistakes like this one. But to several Miss Colombia fans, Steve Harvey’s mistake was unbearable and showed the world just how quickly they could devolve into the most despicable examples of how racism is still alive and not native to just the United States.
The irony of it all is that while these Colombian fans were trying to harm Steve Harvey, many of them would be readily dismissed as “illegals” by a segment of America. It doesn’t matter if they came to America legally. Racism doesn’t care about accuracy it simply lashes out with whatever words or actions that satisfy their bigoted itch. Any immigrants from Colombia would quickly discover that, despite being in the dominant culture of Colombia, they have a common cause with the very people they’ve insulted.
I get it. It was embarrassing and painful to watch. Steve’s mistake was unimaginable — in the world of beauty pageants. And that is an important thing to remember: these reactions are over a beauty pageant. In the bigger scope of things, what happened Sunday night is irrelevant to the global community except for the knowledge that at any moment, people’s anger and frustration can cause them to lash out with the most hateful and racist words imaginable.
Sure they are passionate. Sure they were hurt. But when is it ever acceptable to respond to your injury by intentionally trying to hurt people with words filled with hundreds of years of violence, hate, oppression and pain? Of course, it isn’t. However, it’s how we respond to our anger and disappointment that reveals our true character. Unfortunately, for these Colombian fans, we see what was lurking beneath all along.
Steve Harvey owned up to his mistakes and has moved on. All that is left is this hall of shame of fans who allowed their anger to bring out the worse of them while Steve flies off into the sunset to his next million dollar gig. (Just be sure to nail the next one for me, Steve.)
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