During last night's Miss USA pageant, Miss Nevada Nia Sanchez gave what some considered a controversial answer about rape on college campuses.
Rumer Willis, daughter of Bruce Willis, asked Sanchez what she would do about the high incidents of sexual assaults at some colleges, which seem to be covering up the crimes.
“I believe that some colleges may potentially be afraid of having a bad reputation and that would be a reason it could be swept under the rug, because they don’t want that to come out into the public,” stated Sanchez, reports the Daily Mail.
“But I think more awareness is very important so women can learn how to protect themselves," added Sanchez. "Myself, as a fourth-degree black belt, I learned from a young age that you need to be confident and be able to defend yourself. And I think that’s something that we should start to really implement for a lot of women.”
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According to Campus Reform, her self-defense response triggered a firestorm on Twitter:
Women shouldn't need to learn to protect themselves against rape #missnevada educate and respect yourself as a woman #rapeculture
Miss Nevada was asked about rape at colleges and answered that women need to learn to defend themselves... OR MEN COULD JUST NOT RAPE.
If Miss Nevada wins this, I quit. You CANNOT say teaching women how to protect themselves is a way to combat rape.
Another controversial moment happened when actor Ian Zierling asked Miss Louisiana Brittany Guidry if President Obama was right to trade five Taliban Gitmo detainees for U.S. Army Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl, reports Talking Points Memo (video below).
“I am glad that we got our guy back,” Guidry answered. “However, I do not feel it is right that we subject ourselves to these acts of terrorism. I do agree with our guy being back but, however, I do not think we should subject ourselves.”
Sanchez won Miss USA, while Guidry finished as the third runner-up.