Miss Utah USA Totally Botched an Equal Pay Question
3:00 pm, June 17th | by Grace Rasmus
It’s hard to believe that it’s been six whole years since the former Miss South Carolina Teen Caitlin Upton’s “maps and The Iraq” disaster at the Miss Teen USA pageant. We were probably long overdue for another major pageant Q&A flub but Miss Utah’s interpretation of pay inequality on last night’s Miss USA pageant blew our collective mind.
You can always count on The Real Housewives of Atlanta‘s NeNe Leakes to ask the hard-hitting questions. In the Q&A round of the pageant, Leakes quizzed Marissa Powell, Miss Utah, on the wage gap, 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 this say about society?”
Woo, toughie. Okay. You can do this, Marissa. You read Lean In, right? No? Okay, that’s alright, just speak from your heart. You’re a woman so surely you can articulate some sense of oppression, even if you’ve just witnessed it as opposed to experienced it. Do it for Utah. They’re waiting for an answer, so you’d better say something…
“I think we can relate this back to education and … how … we are continuing … to try to strive … to [looooooong pause; audience starts cheering???] figure out how to create jobs right now. That is the biggest problem and, I think, especially the men are … um … seen as the leaders of this, and so we need to try to figure out how to … create education better. So that we can solve this problem. Thank you.”
GIRL. I don’t even know where to start. You did not even use the words “women” or “pay” in that answer and you chose to include the phrase “create education better”?! No. This cannot be.
Please tell me you misheard the question.
On a high note, I have a new found respect for Giuliana Rancic who managed to keep a straight face as she stood inches away from this ridiculousness. Kudos, Giulz.