Wade Rupard: Nobody is perfect, not even Steve Harvey
Right after I would do something really dumb as a kid, my mom would pull me aside and tell me that we all make mistakes. Whether that was when I left my car's lights on all night, did terribly on a test or spilled milk all over the floor, I was a...
Right after I would do something really dumb as a kid, my mom would pull me aside and tell me that we all make mistakes.
Whether that was when I left my car's lights on all night, did terribly on a test or spilled milk all over the floor, I was always reminded that nobody is perfect.
This brings me to Steve Harvey.
Poor Steve Harvey. I love the guy on "Family Feud," I really do. I've been known to waste an inordinate amount of time watching that game show when I should be doing something else.
He's funny, personable and brings the right amount of sass for the job. He puts poor John O'Hurley to shame.
But a week ago, Harvey made a flub that made everyone throughout the universe rush to their computers to make fun of him.
If you haven't heard about this yet, you must not have the Internet at home. When reading the winner of the Miss Universe pageant, Harvey incorrectly read the wrong winner. Instead of announcing Miss Philippines as the winner, he incorrectly crowned Miss Colombia.
That, of course, is a huge mistake in every imaginable way. It was arguably the worst mistake he could have made as the pageant's host.
I know when I first heard about it, I rushed to find the video and laugh out loud at the awkwardness of it all.
I was surprised, however, at the firestorm he faced on social media and elsewhere.
His name was still trending on Twitter two days after the flub, and there were countless memes with Harvey announcing the wrong winner for all sorts of other things as well. I even saw a headline that wondered if his career was in hot water after his blunder.
Really? One silly mistake like that would be worth banishing him from TV?
Seeing all of that made me wonder if my mom needed to share that lesson with the world.
The truth of the matter is that we all make mistakes. Poor Steve Harvey just happened to make a pretty hilarious one on national television.
Nobody is perfect, and I'm sure everyone reading this can think back to a time when we made embarrassing errors we wish we could put behind us. Harvey, of course, is no different.
If we were all more forgiving when somebody made a silly mistake, maybe we'd live in a much better place. Harvey's mistake didn't affect anybody except those two contestants, so why did everybody all of a sudden care about a pageant most of us probably didn't even know was happening?
It's easy to jump on board and make fun of people after they mess up, but moving on would help everyone not be so afraid to make a mistake.
So let's move past Harvey's facepalm moment and realize there's not a single one of us who is perfect.
I know I already have. "Family Feud" is on my TV right now.