Did he really make himself look like a fool?
The reason I’m asking is more rhetorical, as Steve is a comedian and by nature has done a whole range of comedic things including hosting Family Feud, The Steve Harvey Show and a show called The Original Kings of Comedy. So for him, in a professional way, it won’t be embarrassing really to use himself as something to laugh at.
Secondly, it’s a well known fact to psychologically get people to connect with you, you tell them some embarrassing experience which they can either relate to or understand. With this, people tend to find empathy within the embarrassment and end up trusting and supporting the person more than they would’ve in the start. You’ll see motivation talker do this all the time, and people gobble up their sad embarrassing tales and connect with the with empathy believing them from the start.
Now, with that said, lots of people don’t even blame Harvey, even if it was an “honest mistake”, because like the original author suggest, lets blame design.
Besides, how many people would’ve been talking about Miss Universe still if the whole “embarrassing” situation hasn’t happened. The only people I feel sorry for is the contestants, as their emotions were thrown around, but in the end, they are nothing more than a product to sell a brand, which is Miss Universe the pageant as a brand.