LAS VEGAS - One of the contestants at Sunday night’s Miss USA pageant struggled to answer a question about women and income inequality in the final round.
Miss Utah, Marissa Powell, selected "Judge 3," NeNe Leakes of "The Real Housewives of Atlanta," from cards placed in a fish bowl. Leakes’ question was “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?”
Here's what she says:
“I think we can re…relate this back to education, and how we are…continuing to try to strive to…[smile]…figure out how to create jobs, right now. That is the biggest problem in…I think, especially the men, are, um…seen as the leaders of this, and so we need to try to figure out how to…create education better so that we can solve this problem.”
Check out Miss Utah’s stalled response in the clip: (mobile users click http://youtu.be/r8E008jUbX8 )
Powell's response is reminiscent of another pageant flub in 2007 by Caitlin Upton, who was then Miss South Carolina Teen USA. When Upton was asked why she thought a fifth of Americans can’t locate the U.S. on a world map, she responded:
“I personally believe that U.S. Americans are unable to do so because, uh, some, uh, people out there in our nation don’t have maps and, uh, I believe that our education like such as in South Africa and, uh, the Iraq, everywhere like such as, and, I believe that they should, our education over here in the U.S. should help the U.S., uh, or, uh, should help South Africa and should help the Iraq and the Asian countries, so we will be able to build up our future [for our children].”