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Miss Utah Flub: Marissa Powell Says She Spaced Out, Didn’t Hear Question

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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.

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?

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6 Responses to “Miss Utah Flub: Marissa Powell Says She Spaced Out, Didn’t Hear Question”

  1. Russ Streuly

    Well hey we should give her a break because how many of us have been in a spotlight like this I think not many HHmm and how many times in life in an easier given situation like at work or with the family have you drawn a blank just saying.

  2. Kurt Stull

    I think should got the answer right, with the little bit of time that is available to answer such a large question. The answer to that question is very complex, as it could say so many things about our society. But her real problem was that it is a simplistic question that conflates too many things, and you can be sure that there is an agenda behind the gathering and wording of that statistic.

    Let's unmask that and ask the question honestly: Why are so many women the primary breadwinner of their households, even though, on average, women make less than men, which is an entirely different point, and to conflate the two issues in such a way is a prejudicial way to suggest a grave and sexist injustice, demanding passage of the ERA, and to establish a system of pay equity based on an equivalence of job descriptions, to be determined by another bureacracy of "Wise Men"?

    There is no way that Miss Utah or anybody else could have even begun to sort out all the factors involved in such a complex question within the timeframe of the MissUSA venue. Perhaps the best and most accurate answer should could have given would have been a short series of rhetorical questions: If these women are the heads of households, where are their men? Were they ever married in the first place and if not then why did they sleep with the scoundrel? And why isn't he around? Why can't she keep him around, or is he just a willing adulterer no matter how well she treats him or how pleasant she is to be around? Why don't so many people care about God or godliness anymore? And if they stay together, what difference does it make who makes more money?

  3. Trish Thomas Mink

    The beauty queen is from Utah, the land of the Mormons, though some women work, and many are educated, they are raised that the men are their leaders, and are the major bread winners. No wonder she has no idea how most real women live, in the USA and the world.

  4. Ernie Baretincic

    qualifies for republican presidential candidate! listen to miss usa —–hear what a winner should sound like!

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