Steve Harvey Miss Colombia 2019 cartel comment

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People are not happy with Steve Harvey’s cartel comment to Miss Colombia

'Steve Harvey and his Colombian cartel jokes gotta go.'


Sierra Juarez


Published Dec 9, 2019   Updated May 19, 2021, 8:55 pm CDT

Twitter users are incensed over a comment Steve Harvey made about drug cartels while hosting the 2019 Miss Universe Passage.

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The host made reference to a 2015 blunder when he mistakenly announced that Miss Colombia Gabriela Tafur had won the prize of Miss Universe—only to later realize that it was actually Miss Philipines who had won. In this year’s pageant, Tafur quipped that she had forgiven Harvey for the mix-up.

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“You’ve forgiven me,” Harvey said. “The cartel has not. They’re not handling it the same way.”

Twitter users said the comment made light of violence in the country and perpetuated stereotypes about Latin America.


“Steve Harvey and his Colombian cartel jokes gotta go,” Twitter user @JulieTheBeauty wrote.

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Many Colombian Twitter users also criticized the comment, saying it was misinformed and disrespectful.

“We are more than cartels. Your comment was very unfortunate and not funny at all … once again you are failing with us,” Twitter user @jsolanos1979 wrote.

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It’s not the first time that a Miss Universe host has made a comment about drug cartels to a Colombian contestant. In 2001, David Letterman “joked” on air that Miss Colombia “swallowed 50 balloons full of heroin” for the talent competition.

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*First Published: Dec 9, 2019, 10:21 am CST