Anderson Cooper is in hot water after he mocked a contestant in last weekend’s Miss Universe competition during his CNN show "AC 360." TVNewser.com reports that Cooper mocked the costume worn by Miss Peru, Cindy Mejia, in the beauty pageant.
Cooper, during his "Ridiculist" segment on Wednesday, singled out the costume, noting, "What says Peru more than colorful flowers in what appears to be a plastic little old man baby on her shoulder wearing a hat.”
Peru’s media voiced outrage, with a number of outlets demanding an apology, the story reports.
"They say his joke didn’t recognize the fact that Miss Peru’s costume represents the country’s traditional cloth worn by Peruvian women from the Mantaro Valley," the piece notes.
The Huffington Post quotes Cooper saying: "Oh look, the man baby looks surprised! He’s got his little, little man baby hand right up there in front of his face like, ‘Oh! I’m a little–I’m a man baby from Peru."
The report adds: "’Can we see that again?’ Cooper insisted, unable to continue talking because of his unstoppable giggles."
The Huffington Post piece notes that "apparently people in Peru weren’t laughing. The Latino Daily News reported on Wednesday that nearly all of the daily papers in Peru are dominated with stories on the ‘audacity of CNN’s Anderson Cooper.’"