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.
— Caroline Atkinson (@car_lovely) June 17, 2013
The Miss Utah flub is a prime example of why coherence and eloquence supersede aesthetic perfection.
— Matthew Allen (@mallen314) June 17, 2013
Just saw a headline saying "Watch Miss Utah Flub Her MissUSA Question" Yet again the media attaches to negativity and ignores the positives.
— PetBunnyFan (@PetBunnyFan) June 17, 2013
Nope, last night's Miss Utah flub is not even in the same category as the all-time most idiotic Miss SC debacle from a few years ago.
— Childfree Chilehead (@CFinNYC) June 17, 2013
I didn't think Miss Utah's flub was that bad: http://t.co/GZl3KgFpuP There's a difference between being nervous and being a total airhead.
— Tyler Burns (@burnSTYLEr) June 17, 2013
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.