Beauty pageants are nice and all, but they rarely seize the pop culture spotlight anymore unless:
A. Someone says something ridiculous
B. Someone's old nude photos are uncovered
C. Honey Boo Boo is competing
And lucky for us, Sunday night at the Miss USA pageant we got full-on Option A.
As the field was narrowed to five contestants, Miss Utah, 21-year-old Marissa Powell, was asked a question about gender-based income inequality during the interview portion by noted sociologist and women's rights pioneer, A Woman From Some Bravo "Real Housewives" Reality Show.
Poor Miss Powell responded with this:
Well, then Twitter responded with this:
You know Miss Utah is going to get her own reality show. I'm calling it now.
— Calvin (@aurosan) June 17, 2013
Miss Utah's answer to her question was "we need to create education better." Why yes, yes we do.
— 50 Shades of Awkward (@OhWowThatsAwk) June 17, 2013
In defense of Miss Utah USA, when you start with Nene Leakes asking "What does this say about society?", you're already in Absurdtown.
— Linda Holmes (@nprmonkeysee) June 17, 2013
— Joy Taylor (@QueenNef) June 17, 2013
Miss Utah - 'We must create education better.' Coming to you live from the Derek Zoolander Center for Children Who Can't Read Good
— Hourglass & Chic (@HourglassChic) June 17, 2013
"studies show women are the breadwinners in 40% of homes & still earn less than men. what say u?" Miss Utah: "that's bad, because reasons"
— Wave Chappelle (@Felonious_munk) June 17, 2013
Fourteen hours after Powell's suggestion that we... whatever the heck she was suggesting... "Miss Utah" was still atop Twitter's trends list. Which is like 14 weeks in the non-Twitter world. And am I the only one at least a little bit surprised it had nothing to do with her 5-pound pink chandelier earrings?
Powell finished fourth in the competition, which was won by Miss Connecticut, Erin Brady. However, since Brady neither a) said anything ridiculous b) has had any NSFW pics surface or c) transfigured into Honey Boo Boo, nobody will remember that.
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