In defense of Miss Utah - was it a horrible question?
It might seem puerile, even offensive to laugh at it, but the Miss Utah flub on Miss U.S.A makes for such awkward viewing, it’s nearly impossible not to laugh. The then hopeful, who lost out to eventual winner Erin Brady, really doesn’t do well when asked about gender inequality in the U.S, or does she?
"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 it say about society?" was the question posed by a member of the audience, to wit Powell offered up a fairly ridiculous answer. "I think we can relate this back to education and how we are continuing to try to strive to -- figure out how to create jobs right now," she said. "That is the biggest problem and, I think, especially the men are seen as the leaders of this, so we need to -- create education better so we can solve this problem."
Tweaking the educational system to try and tackle the inherent problem of sexism - not only in America but also in the whole world – is a good, solid answer. And whether she meant to say it or not, she shouldn’t be ridiculed for her articulation.
Erin Brady Was Crowned Miss USA!
This isn’t the first time a prospective Miss USA has fluffed her lines. Famously, a Teen USA contender called Miss Carolina gave a hilarious answer to a question about education and geography. But if you find yourself laughing at Miss USA answers, remember George Bush’s best quotes? He was VOTED in.