While much of the excitement from Sunday night’s Miss USA pageant is surrounding pageant winner Erin Brady of South Glastonbury, Conn., the landslide winner of the events unofficial blooper award goes to Miss Utah, Marissa Powell.
Powell, 20, was asked a fairly complicated question about why women continue to earn less than men and what it says about today’s society.
"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?"
Powell nodded, paused and then responded: "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 right now. "I think, especially the men are … um … seen as the leaders of this, and so we need to see how to … create education better. So that we can solve this problem. Thank you."
Miss Utah’s epic fail of a response has since spawned a tidal wave of twitter posts and news articles criticizing the lack of sense that is made, when she says, "we need to figure out how to create education better".
"To create education better" sentence of the night. Courtesy of #MissUtah
— Nina Garcia (@ninagarcia) June 17, 2013
"We need to create education better"- Miss Utah. Stay pretty girl cause that's all you got
— Justin Farmer (@3justincredible) 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
Powell’s one minute response even provoked Deadspin writer, Timothy Burke, to pull a fitting quote from Adam Sandler’s 1995 hit movie, “Billy Madison.”
“What you've just said is one of the most insanely idiotic things I have ever heard. At no point in your rambling, incoherent response were you even close to anything that could be considered a rational thought. Everyone in this room is now dumber for having listened to it. I award you no points, and may God have mercy on your soul.”
Meanwhile, Erin Brady, a 25-year-old accountant from East Hampton, Conn., was crowned the country's newest Miss USA at the Planet Hollywood hotel-casino on the Las Vegas Strip. Sunday Brady beat out other beauties from every U.S. state to take the title, accepting the crown from outgoing queen Miss Maryland, Nana Meriwether.
In the pageant's final minutes, she answered without hesitation a question about the U.S. Supreme Court's decision to uphold widespread DNA tests. "If someone is being prosecuted and committed a crime, it should happen. There are so many crimes that if that's one step closer to stopping them, then we should be able to do so," she said.
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