Following Steve Harvey‘s major bungle last Sunday during the Miss Universe pageant, Miss Universe winner Pia Alonzo Wurtzbach has penned a lovely letter praising Miss Colombia Ariadna Gutierrez. Wurtzbach wrote to Gutierrez on Miss Universe’s official Instagram page,
“To Ariadna, you are an amazing woman and we are now bonded together forever by a unique experience. In the last 3 weeks we were together, I saw how strong and beautiful you are inside and out. You represented your country with honor and I know how proud everyone must be of you. Fate has a plan for you, and I’m excited to see what’s ahead”.
She also addressed all the fans who are still arguing over this misstep, “And to all the fans who are still fighting about this…Please let’s all stop now. The Miss Universe Organization is about uniting empowered women from all over the world. Arguing and sending hateful messages to each other defeats the whole purpose. You believe in the message of Miss Universe and so do I”.
I couldn’t agree more, it was a horrible horrible mistake and it upset a lot of people, but it doesn’t justify sending hateful messages to each other. Wurtzbach and Gutierrez have handled it gracefully and are both focusing on the positive, so let’s take a cue from them.