Miss Utah's rambling becomes a viral hit
Everyone knows the expression grasping for straws, and a contestant’s rather convoluted answer during the Miss USA beauty pageant last Sunday, has actually made her more popular that the actual winner.
As usual in beauty pageants – and yes, some people still tune in to watch them - beautiful contestants after parading around in swimsuits and evening gowns, are supposed to answer some thought provoking and very complicated question in just a few minutes, without spacing out or having a verbal meltdown, which most watchers can’t wait for to happen.
However, a botched or stumbled answer can sometimes become a godsend and turn out better than winning a crown, as 21-year old Marissa Powell, Miss Utah, found out.
Powell was one of the five finalists in the contest and her question was posed by Real Housewives star NeNe Leakes:
"A recent report shows that in 40% of American families with children, women are the primary earners, yet they continue to earn less than men. What does it say about society?”
Powell’s rambling and bumbling answer was, "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. That is the biggest problem. I think especially the men are seen as the leaders of this, so we need to figure out how to create education better so we can solve this problem."
Fans ate it up, and the video went viral on the Internet, and #MissUtah immediately trended to the top of Twitter, making her an instant celebrity, and the temporary darling of TV talk shows, who all now want to interview her.
Miss Utah isn’t the only beauty queen to trip up on a question, and go viral.
In 2007, Miss South Carolina Teen USA Caitlin Upton, was asked why many people cannot locate America on a map.
Her enlightening response was: “I personally believe that U.S. Americans are unable to do so because, uh, some people out there in our nation don't have maps, and uh, I believe that our education, like such as in South Africa and uh, the Iraq, everywhere, like, such as.”
Evidently, we do need to ‘create education better.’