Hanggang ngayon ay hindi pa rin humuhupa ang kontrobersiya na nangyari sa katatapos lang na Miss Universe 2015.
Naging laman ng mga balita sa halos lahat ng bansa ang pagkakamaling nagawa ng host ng pageant na si Steve Harvey sa pag-anunsiyo ng winner.
Sa halip na si Miss Philippines Pia Alonzo Wurtzbach ang tinawag niya, si Miss Colombia Ariadna Gutierrez ang idineklara niyang Miss Universe.
Kaugnay ng blunder na ito ay nagbigay ng interview ang isa sa mga hurado ng Miss Universe 2015 na si Perez Hilton sa morning program sa Amerika na Good Morning America kahapon, December 22.
Si Perez ay isang kilalang gossip blogger at TV personality.
Kasama niyang nag-judge sa Miss Universe 2015 sina actress-comedienne Niecy Nash, Miss Universe 2012 Olivia Culpo, at former football player Emmitt Smith.
Pahayag ni Perez tungkol sa nangyaring kontrobersiya, “My first thought was, ‘Wow, this is rigged!’
“Because I knew how I voted and I knew how all the other judges voted.
“All of us voted for Philippines to win.
“So, we were all shocked.”
Nang ma-realize daw ni Perez na nagkaroon ng pagkakamali sa announcement ng winner ay naisip niyang sinadya ito para mapag-usapan ang pageant.
“And then, when we found out that there was a mistake, I was like, ‘This is brilliant. They did this on purpose for publicity.’
“That’s how my mind works.”
STEVE HARVEY. Diretsahan ding sinabi ni Perez na walang dapat ibang sisihin sa nangyari kundi si Steve Harvey lamang.
Saad niya, “Well, you know, since the pageant, there have been reports that Steve missed part of rehearsals.
“That he was out gambling and drinking and having a good time.
“He made a mistake, but we also could have been tired and hungover.
“You know, he just didn’t do his job well, period.”
Bagamat may teleprompter naman daw kung saan nakalagay ang spiels, ang pangalan ng winner ay nasa hawak na cue card ni Harvey.
Ayon kay Perez, “Well, there is a prompter, but the moment where he crowns the winner isn’t on the prompter because that moment they don’t want the other girls to know.
“So, it was just on his card and he read it incorrectly.”
Inilarawan din ni Perez ang atmosphere sa loob ng The AXIS, sa Planet Hollywood, pagkatapos ng broadcast.
“It was crazy for us in the theater after the broadcast ended because people were booing and screaming.
“And Emmitt Smith came up to me, saying somebody was shot outside the theater.
“We didn’t have all the information yet on exactly what had happened on the strip.
“So, it was pandemonium inside.”
Ano naman ang masasabi ni Perez sa suggestion ng iba, kabilang na ang dating may-ari ng Miss Universe na si Donald Trump, na maghati na lang sa korona sina Miss Philippines at Miss Colombia.
Saad niya, “You know, I actually think that Miss Philippines whom we all voted for deserves to win, won.
“But losing is the best thing that ever happened to Colombia.
"So, in one sense, she is truly the winner.
“Although, as a judge, and I’m looking at what happened, I see her posting on Instagram that she is the true winner, there’s a reason, many reasons, she didn’t win.
“Congratulations to Philippines!”