It’s been six years, but the memory of Miss South Carolina Teen USA contestant Caite Upton tackling a pretty straightforward question about the geographical ignorance of our fellow Americans with words fished out of the garbage disposal is as fresh as ever: “People in our nation don’t have maps, The Iraq, like, everywhere such as, something something schools in the U.S. should help South Africa and The Iraq and all of those Asian countries, such as."
In the Miss USA pageant last night, Miss Utah – Marissa Powell – struggled to respond with her thoughts on the question, “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?”
Not as cringe-worthy as Miss South Carolina, but her response was still worth a hearty, "WTF?!?!?"
I stand by her call for better education, if that was indeed her point. Ms. Powell, BTW, is a singer, model and actress who attended Brigham Young University.
Oh, she came in third, which shows how much the Miss USA pageant places a premium on brains.