It’s no big secret that the Miss USA Pageant isn’t exactly renowned for the intelligence of the contestants, but honestly there should be a level of acceptable coherence in the question and answer section. Miss Utah Marisa Powell provided the worst answer by far. When asked about the continuing disparity between the amount men and women are paid, she fumbled for a while, then said words in an order that make almost no sense, all while managing to completely evade the question.
Question from judge Nene Leakes, the reality TV star: “A recent report shows that in 40 percent of American families with children women are the primary earners yet they continue to earn less than men. What does this say about society?”
Miss Utah: “I think we can relate this back to education and how we are continuing to try to strive to … [very long pause] … figure out how to create jobs right now. That is the biggest problem and, I think, especially the men are seen as the leaders of this, so we need to … [shorter pause] … create education better so we can solve this problem.”
Create education better?
Although Powell’s answer stands out, the other five answers really were not all that impressive either. They all put words together in a mostly coherent fashion, but most really did not fully answer the question. Then again, the questions can no longer be answered with “world peace!” and it is very important not to offend anyone at the same time. A completely neutral or inarguably patriotic answer tends to be best. Here is the answer from Erin Brady, Miss Connecticut and winner of the pageant.
Question from judge Mo Rocca, the comedian: “Miss Connecticut, the Supreme Court ruled that criminal suspects can be subjected to a police DNA test after arrest. Do you agree or disagree with this, and why or why not?”
Miss Connecticut: “I would agree with this. I think that if somebody’s being prosecuted and is … [short pause] … committed a crime that’s that severe that they should have a DNA test. I think there are so many crimes going on in this world that if that’s one step closer to figuring out who has done it, I think we should absolutely do so.”
This is probably how Miss Utah managed to place 3rd-runner-up in the entire pageant.
In other news, there was also a televised double nip-slip. A contestant did not commit the faux pas, but rather it was a really excited viewer in a tube top who exposed both of her nips on national television. By overwhelming coincidence, the camera was just gliding over that section of the audience as this woman raised her arms to cheer for a contestant.
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