The internet had a good laugh at Miss Utah today after she flubbed her response in the Miss USA pageant. But it turns out that Marissa Powell has a completely legitimate excuse: She was nervous.
According to TMZ, the beauty pageant contestant was so nervous about taking the stage that she completely spaced out and missed the question. She did her best to recover but ended up babbling something incoherent.
Miss Utah said in a statement: “First rule of an interview — listen to the question before you answer!”
Powell, who was asked why women continue to earn less money than men, said: “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. 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.”
The response quickly went viral and Miss Utah, who didn’t win the pageant, briefly became the funniest thing on the internet.
What do you think about Miss Utah’s excuse for flubbing her response? Donald Trump didn’t find any of the jokes funny.
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) June 17, 2013
Of course, more good will probably come for Miss Utah than bad after screwing up on national television. Miss Utah USA spokesman Brandon Stauffer said that Powell is “more in demand right now than the winner” Miss Connecticut Erin Brady. Do you think we’ll see Miss Utah on a reality show soon?