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Miss Utah Flub: Miss South Carolina All Over Again?

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Miss Utah, Marissa Powell, is earning some headlines today after video of her flubbed, cringe-worthy answer during Miss USA questioning went viral this morning. Now, she’s earning comparisons to another pageant contestant, Miss South Carolina Teen USA, who gave a drawn-out and mostly incomprehensible answer to her question in 2007.

Powell was asked to give her opinion on the fact that women still make less money than men in the workplace, but lost her composure under the pressure.

“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?” she was asked.

“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 and that is the biggest problem. Especially the men are um, seen as the leaders of this and so we need to figure out how to create education better so that we can solve this problem,” was her answer.

Caitlin Upton made similar headlines in 2007 with her botched response to a question about why so many American children can’t find the U.S. on a map.

Miss Utah Flub: Miss South Carolina All Over Again?


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  • Name

    Yeah, the answer to the question wasn’t the greatest, but at the end of the day, it is a beauty pageant. She was in it because she is absolutely gorgeous. The realities are that she probably will never work a normal job because she is absolutely gorgeous. This fact makes a lot of people jealous and out of that jealousy, people will make fun of her. For all that we really know, she could be the nicest person in the world. Cut her a little slack.

    As for income inequality, I am not sure I agree with all the statistics about that. I was a hiring manager for some of the largest companies in the world. The way we hired was based on pay grades that had set salary limits. We most certainly didn’t discriminate on the basis of sex. In fact, due to hiring quotas, it was much much easier for a woman to get a job than it was for a man. Maybe my situation was the exception, but I can most truthfully say that we never discriminated against women at all.

    Really, the person who does the most to weaken the plight of women in the country, is the star of the “Real Housewives” show. Have you seen those shows? They make women look terrible.

  • Jordan

    I just wante to point out a typo. She was competing in the Miss USA pageant not the Miss America pageant, they are two different systems with very different competition requirements. So the first sentence needs to me changed to “…during Miss USA questioning…”

    • http://www.webpronews.com/author/rich-ord Rich Ord

      Fixed… thanks!

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