As millions of television viewers watched the Miss USA beauty pageant one finalist suffered an embarrassing faux-pas of epic proportions. Miss Utah had made it into the final 5 when she fumbled the answer to a very simple question. By Monday morning her answer had become fodder for comedians and talk-show hosts. Her words were as painfully difficult for her to speak as they were for the audience to hear. Even a dictionary would not have helped in the translation process.
The question posed by one of the judges was not difficult. Miss Utah was asked about gender inequality. Specifically, she was told that women are now the primary bread-winners in 40% of families with children yet these women earn less than their male counterparts. The pageant hopeful was then asked what this situation said about our nation’s society.
21 year old Marissa Powell proved that she might well be just a pretty face when she stammered out a circuitous answer that made no sense.
Chalk it up to nerves, but Powell stumbled over her words and provided a cringe-worthy response that included the phrase, “to create education better.”
“I think we can relate this back to education and how we are continuing to try to strive to,” she said, pausing, knowingly, that this wasn’t going well, before she flashed a smile and continued, “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, and so we need to try to figure out how to create education better so that we can solve this problem. Thank you.”
This year’s Miss Utah lost any hope of winning the Miss USA title when she tried to equate the problem with education and the need to create jobs. She ended with the now famous quote that “we need to create education better”.
Erin Brady, the 25-year-old Miss Connecticut, took the title, followed by Miss Alabama Mary Margaret McCord as first runner-up, Miss Illinois Stacie Juris as second runner-up, Powell as third runner-up, Miss Texas Ali Nugent as fourth runner-up and Miss South Carolina Megan Pinckney as fifth runner-up. Miss USA feeds into the Miss Universe competition, which this year will be held in Moscow.
But perhaps we should cut Miss Utah a little slack? As NPR writer Linda Holmes noted Monday, “This isn’t the kind of question that actually tests what you know; it’s basically a test of your ability to generate cow patties on command.”
Today these words have gone viral on the internet and Miss Utah is surely hiding her head in embarrassment.
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