It became clear a long time ago that botching an answer at a Miss Whatever Pageant is far more beneficial for one’s short-term and long-term prospects than offering a thoughtful response. Whereas the latter may inch you a bit closer to victory in that specific contest, maybe, the former instantly makes you a viral sensation.
Everyone remembers Miss South Carolina. Do you remember who won the Miss Teen USA competition in 2007?
On Sunday, a finalist in the 2013 Miss USA Pageant added her name to the record books when she was asked this 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?”
Marissa Powell, 21, offered this in response: “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.”
That, ladies and gentleman, is how you get your face on every news show for at least 24 hours.