Steve Harvey, etc.

December 22, 2015 • 1:30 pm

Unless you’ve been in North Korea, you’ll know about Steve Harvey’s blunder at the Miss Universe pageant (go here if you don’t). Reader jsp sent me the photo below, along with some Schadenfreude implying that Harvey is both an atheist-basher and a creationist (I don’t know squat about him):

Well, Harvey botched his apology, too. Notice any problems with this tw**t he issued? (Those problems were subsequently corrected):

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Beside the double misspelling, what on earth does “terribly honest mistake” mean?

70 thoughts on “Steve Harvey, etc.

  1. I’ve never been to N. Korea and have never heard of Steve Harvey. Better retreat to a safe soace with my blankie…

  2. To be charitable, I think “terribly honest mistake” implies there was no malice — no intention of blithely referring to a person by an incorrect title. Just an unfortunate mistake and not an intentional barb. Contrast that scenario with one in which Trump had delivered the exchange, and you’d suspect some contrived xenophobic populism as the explanation.

    1. Granted. But the phrase “terribly honest” is more frequently used to modify statement or analysis or interpretation rather than “mistake”.

  3. And then the linked NBC article got the Colombian contestants name wrong forcing a correction.

    He probably looked at the “1st” and thought “First place”. He owned it and autocorrect probably messed with his tweet so I really don’t get what the fuss is about. His views about atheists and North Korea or whatever are irrelevant and he showed integrity in this mistake. Who even pays attention to the Mrs. Universe pageant anyways? Which is why a has been like Harvey is the host. This is the most publicity that tired old competition has seen in years.

    I get so annoyed when people misspell it. I’m not a citizen of a university in NYC, but of a country spelt with an O, not a U.

    1. Blame English vowels. They are vexing. Besides if you listen to how Sofia Vergara says “Colombian”, you just expect it to be spelled with a “u”.

    2. I’m told they take the Miss Universe contest very seriously in Colombia, right up there with the World Cup.

      I was hired once by a former Miss Colombia to represent her brother (who got jammed up in a prosecution involving some cartel guys in South Florida). Even though beauty-queen isn’t my type, I have to say she was easy on the eyes — though there was a high-strung skittishness about her own eyes that reminded me of the look you see on a thoroughbred as it approaches the starting gate.

  5. I hadn’t heard of this whole debacle but I think beauty contests are just awful. Hey, let’s watch that so I can feel really bad about how I am aging, short and riddled with unbecoming physical attributes that add up to the fact that society finds me repugnant because what I think isn’t as important as how I look.

    Also, as Heather will tell you, it’s rigged because only earthlings take part in the competition & there are lots of ETs that might have a chance if only they were asked to compete. 😀

    I hope they gave that Columbian woman a nice gift or something for her humiliation. Imagine prying off the “Miss Universe” sash & tiara afterwards? How awkward.

      1. Little known fact: She went on to graduate from Yale and Michigan med school and, after undergoing gender-reassignment surgery and a Black-Like-Me pigmentation treatment, became chief of pediatric neurosurgery at Johns Hopkins.

        You could look it up.

      2. Little known fact: She went on to graduate from Yale and Michigan med school and, after undergoing gender-reassignment surgery and a Black-Like-Me pigmentation treatment, became chief of pediatric neurosurgery at Johns Hopkins.

        You could look it up.

      3. Well, she completely lost the plot in her answer. But it was a bastard of a question. “Recent polls have shown that 1/5 of Americans can’t locate the US on a world map. Why do you think this is?”

        There are two obvious (not necessarily correct) answers: 1. They’re stupid or 2: US education sucks. (The correct answer may be more nuanced but would you expect a Miss World candidate to know the details?). But how can Miss SC say either (1) or (2) without causing offence? That’s why I say it was a bastard of a question.


  6. I demand an apology from Prof. CC for the opener “Unless you’ve been in North Korea”! With two spelling mistakes!

  7. It was a ghastly mistake to make, and shocking for Miss Colombia.

    But I think picking on the guy for a spelling mistake is just – nitpicking. People make spelling mistakes all the time.

    Trump’s tweet (‘This would never happen when I owned it’) is of course BS, but he did make one good suggestion – they should have made them joint winners. Even the Trump has a good idea occasionally.


  8. As if to compensate for the miserable buffoonery of a beauty contest, I suggest noticing that Elon Musk’s SpaceX organization pulled off a rather spectacular win of it’s own today. It launched a bunch of satellites and landed the first stage using rocket power just a few kilometers from the launch pad.

    1. Yes, and that was cool. But I do not understand why they want to recover the booster that way when it seems cheaper and more reliable to design it for an ocean splashdown.

      1. Salt water and high-tech systems don’t mix well.

        As I understand it, for instance, the ocean-recovered Space Shuttle SRBs didn’t really save any money. They had to be essentially remanufactured.

        1. In addition it’s got to be pretty costly to fetch the darn thing far off in the Atlantic. The powered landing was, I think, only a few kilometers from the refurbishing facility. Perhaps in time, we will see them land it just outside the building where it will be worked on.
          It’s similar to the idea of the space shuttle as a reusable truck.

      2. It turns out not to be cheaper to recover via ocean splash down and it seems very possible to achieve landing systems that are reliable.

        Besides the salt water issues already mentioned, which is a huge issue, there is also the cost in time and resources to recover the booster and transport it back. Some of the missions they will fly will require landing at remote locations or landing at sea on a mobile platform but whenever possible they will land them right back at their facility

        This is a pretty big thing. It could end up being the biggest thing since landing on the moon because if they achieve their primary goal access to space will be cheap enough that economic utilization of space becomes viable.

        They haven’t completely proven their systems yet, but they have been steadily making progress and are well on their way. They can already launch much more frequently and for much lower cost than anyone else without reusing the 1st stage. They plan on reusing everything eventually.

  9. Oh dear. First, within the last two months, I have misspelled Colombia. I did it three times before I caught myself. A very kind friend made a subtle hint to my mixing up the spelling of the country with the university, but I remained oblivious for several weeks despite the hint. Second, I have to lookup how to spell Philippines every time I write it. Third, I’m disheartened that we have beauty contests.

    1. Well, the Columbia River and British Columbia are both north of you (assuming you’re in the US). Not that BC is exactly British any more.

      I’ve sometimes wondered where the non-British Columbia is.

      I hate to admit it (because I’m rather conceited about my spelling ability) but I have a certain degree of uncertainty about the number of L’s and P’s in Philippines too. I can usually tell if it ‘looks right’ *after* I’ve written it down.


        1. Oh very subtle.

          There should be a Y on the end of my pseudonym, but WordPress (not me!) always cuts it off.


      1. “Well, the Columbia River and British Columbia are both north of you (assuming you’re in the US).”

        So, Washington (where Charleen happens to be, I believe) is no longer a state? 😉

        1. Only if it’s not in DC. 😉

          And I should have qualified that statement a bit. “To a first approximation”. I sloppily assumed that Charleen lived in the 90+ % of the US that is south of the latitude of the Columbia River. Not forgetting Alaska.


  10. The only thing worse is a successful beauty pageant. The whole thing is an anachronism that we are better left without.

  11. If you rated Steve Harvey as an entertainer from A (great) to F (failure), he would come in about W. Any time I have seen him on TV, I couldn’t take even 30 seconds of looking at him (mannerisms) or listening to his inane drivel.

    1. That pretty much sums up my feelings about Mr. Harvey, too. Cannot stand him AT ALL. Though I do think you’re being a tad generous with your grading. I’d put him at a solid Z-.

  12. To be fair to Mr. Harvey, there are 25 cities in the United States called ColUmbia, a district in Canada called British ColUmbia, and likewise our capital is in the District of ColUmbia, not to mention many corporations and schools, ships and aircraft by that same name and spelling.

    Cuba and Mexico both have a ColOmbia by the same spelling as the South American country.

    But Harvey clearly has the Bible on his mind when confusing Phillipines and Phillipians.

    I’ll grant the first mistake is an “honest” one, if not especially “terribly honest”.

  13. I reluctantly submit Geoghegan’s Fifth Corollary:

    “140 characters may not always be enough to express a coherent thought. But it’s PLENTY good enough for an incoherent one.”

    That being said (and without knowing how much time had passed ‘twixt gaffe and tweet), I think that Harvey was probably doing the best that he could while rushing to address what must have seemed like an absolute disaster.

    I suspect that my reaction, were I in his shoes, might have been more like: “Damn! I just shit my pants!” I don’t know that I would have tweeted it, though.

  14. Being charitable here, I think he made not two but three misspellings. I presume the meaning he intended to convey was that he’d made a terrible honest mistake, not a terribly honest mistake.

  15. “Phillipians” — So, a tweeted epistle from Saint Steve of Tarsus? Sounds like he had his Road-to-Damascus moment right there on the Miss Universe stage.

    Steve Harvey is a remainder-bin version of the late, great Bernie Mac.

  16. As a creation, perhaps he meant it as a “terribly-honest” mistake, as in, “I made the terrible mistake of actually being really honest.”

    1. If Harvey’s Tweet is accurate as it was first offered, then I think “terribly honest” must mean “honestly terrible.” Given his well-established character, it does seem astounding he was given the job in the first place.

  17. Anybody on Twitter? Somebody should tweet him that he is a homuphobic bigoted a**hole, and then tweet him again, with a sincere apology for the terribly honest human mistake, and correct the spelling.

  18. I am guessing he is indicating that his own arousal factor caused the brain twitch that causes the verbal tick that he said the incorrect winning name

    sorta like when Kanye West bumped Taylor Swift from the award winning

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