Miss Utah certainly sent Twitter buzzing on Sunday night when she stumbled over her answer to a question during the Miss USA pageant on NBC.
The unfortunate flub by Miss Utah, Marissa Powell, came during the question and answer session of the program. While dressed in a beautiful evening gown, the beauty pageant contestant was asked:
“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?”
Her response, according to many Twitter users, made her the perfect poster child for her response. Miss Utah gave a fairly jumbled answer, which contained the following phrase:
“… we need to try to figure out how to create education better so that we can solve this problem.”
The look on Marissa Powell’s face said it all. Miss Utah was sure she blew it. And she did, as the crown eventually went to Miss Connecticut, Erin Brady, instead.
On Twitter, Miss USA was ridiculed by users, who said things like, “If you’re having trouble sleeping like me… watch Miss UTAH say the dumbest thing ever to at least make you laugh!” Another user commented:
“Miss Utah is the reason why women earn less than men lololol.”
Deadspin’s Timothy Burke’s commentary on Miss USA’s flub was also passed around. In it, the Burke writes, “Everyone in this room is now dumber for having listened to it. I award you no points, and may God have mercy on your soul.”
Miss Utah was likened to Miss Teen North Carolina, who in 2007 butchered her answer to a question on why one of every five Americans can’t locate the United States on the map. Much like with Powell, Caitlin Upton was ridiculed online. Instead of being frustrated, Upton took the teasing in stride.
Do you think Miss Utah will be able to recover from her answer during the Miss USA pageant on Sunday?