Miss Utah Flubs Question About Income Inequality, Wants to ‘Create Education Better’

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Miss Connecticut Erin Brady may have won Sunday night’s Miss USA contest, but it’s her fellow pageant participant that’s on the receiving end of a lot of viral buzz this morning.

Miss Utah, the Bulgarian-born Laura Chukanov, had a little bit of trouble last night during the Q&A portion of the annual contest. Ok, she bombed it, let’s be honest.

“Real Housewives of Atlanta” star NeNe Leakes asked Chukanov a question about income inequality – the fact that women continue to make less than men despite being the primary breadwinners in 40% of households these days. What happened next is kind of hard to watch. Most definitely cringeworthy.

Check it out:

Yeah, it was a dumb answer. But it’s also quite easy to lob jokes from the peanut gallery. The following is a popular sentiment floating around Twitter right now:

Well said. Plus, as long as we have YouTube, we’ll always have Miss Teen South Carolina. Cheer up, Miss Utah. It could be a lot worse:

Still, at least for the time being, it looks like “create education better” has replaced “most U.S. Americans don’t have maps” and “like, such as” in the highly-contested realm of beauty pageant screwups.

Miss Utah Flubs Question About Income Inequality, Wants to ‘Create Education Better’
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    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.

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