The official results card has been posted and apologies have been issued, both by host Steve Harvey and the organizers of the pageant, but controversy continues to plague the "very 2015" Miss Universe coronation night.
Miss Colombia Ariadna María Gutiérrez Arévalo was initially hailed Miss Universe 2015, but was stripped of the title four minutes later, when Harvey returned to the stage to apologize for his "mistake" in reading the results. A shocked Pia Alonzo Wurtzbach was then given the crown.
The response of the two beauty queens were posted in the official Facebook page of the pageant. Ariadna, surrounded by other candidates, stated that she is happy and graciously said that "everything happens for a reason." Pia, accompanied by Miss USA Olivia Jordan, was at a loss for words backstage after her "non-traditional" coronation.
#Colombiazoned trended on social media and while a healthy dose of sense of humor made the gaffe less awkward, not everyone was happy about what happened.
Hours after the pageant, beauty pageant blog Missosology shared a video on their Facebook page, showing Natalia Cruz interviewing a candidate identified as Miss Germany Sarah-Lorraine Riek. Miss Germany sympathized with Miss Colombia and claimed that Pia Wurtzbach did not get the other candidates' vote.
Miss Germany was asked to explain why they rushed to Miss Colombia instead of congratulating Miss Philippines and she responded, "Because none of us vote[d] for Miss Philippines, I am so sorry to say that."
"I really couldn't believe it, I was so upset. For me (she was robbed) as the real winner. I was very happy for Miss Colombia because she really deserved it. I'm really not happy with the result and so are the other girls, I'm sorry to say it," she told Cruz.
The video has been shared over 1,800 times and numerous comments were left in response to the controversial statements.
"Miss Germany, we all have something to say. You said your piece and that's all you can do now. That's all you can do," wrote Rudolph Rychard
"Very unprofessional. You deserve to be in the 80th place," quipped Dorethy Mae Legaspi Sero. Jamel Manaloto added, "Think before you speak, Miss Germany!" —Aya Tantiangco/JST, GMA News