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:
everyone making fun of Miss Utah sure is confident they'd be able to improvise a short speech on a sociopolitical topic in front of millions
— Ayesha A. Siddiqi (@pushinghoops) June 17, 2013
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.