Tuesday, June 18, 2013

Poor Miss Utah!

I would bet that there have been more tweets about Utah in the past 24 hours than ever.  Usually known for Salt Lake City or great skiing, the state has erupted on social media sites for a new reason: Miss USA pageant answers.
That's right.  Last night, during the Miss USA pageant (I still love watching these!), there was a new botched response in the traditional Q&A session.
I say "new" because many of you might remember last year's cringe-worthy answer from Miss Teen South Carolina, Caitlin Upton.  Well, this year, she has transferred the crown of "Most Incoherent Answer" to Miss Utah, Marissa Powell.
Judge NeNe Leakes questioned Marissa about income inequality, asking “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?”
Good question, right!?  But that's when Miss Utah's eyes began to glaze over and she just started... just saying words... poor thing.  Among long pauses and "um"s, quips included: "the men are … um … seen as the leaders of this" and "we need to see how to … create education better".
Yeah, there was no real answer.
And, of course, Twitter noticed.  The pageant has brought about increase Twitter usage by hosting a "tweet for your favorite contestant competition" earlier in the evening.  But trending topics ended up with Miss Utah's botched answer at the top of the list.
It didn't turn out all bad for our poor Marissa Powell, though.  She ended up coming in fourth place, just behind Miss Connecticut (the winner), Miss Alabama, and Miss Illinois.
Did you watch last night?  Do you think the judges were too gracious with the scoring, or did Miss Utah deserve the crown?

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