Miss Utah Marissa Powell gives cringe-worthy answer
She fielded a tough query at Sunday's Miss USA pageant. But in many ways, it was an unfair question.
Marissa Powell was getting mocked from all corners Monday for her struggle to answer this question at the Miss USA pageant: "A recent report shows that in 40% 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 started out OK, saying that "you can relay this back to education and how we are continuing to try to strive to. . ." And then, well, cue the train wreck.
You can see the disaster unfold in this video. The highlight -- or is it lowlight? -- is when she says we need to "create education better."
It was a truly cringe-worthy answer. But it didn't doom Powell's chances. She was named third runner-up and took home the Miss Photogenic USA award.
What does everyone expect? A speech on how motherhood abbreviates many women's work experiences, or a riff on the cultural and social mores that lead women into traditionally lower-paying service-sector and clerical jobs?
In many ways, it was an unfair question. If Powell had answered it right, she would have put half the audience to sleep. If she answered it spectacularly, painfully wrong, she would sashay into the viral-video spotlight.
I'm with money manager Josh Brown, who had this to say on Twitter: "Why do we do this to these girls? Why can't a beauty queen just be hot?"
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Not just a "beauty queen" or she should not be. She should be smart, poised, have some common sense, good personality and then the physical attributes. Unfortuately, our current society just looks at the beauty...
Let's see, how long are they going to beat this question or obvious dilemma to death...
Maybe the news people/pageant host or others should do something about,
Instead of boring us all to death, with useless prattle...
Miss Powell tried. She TRIED and was not given credit for that.
She was too innocent to properly catch this hot potatoe, to speak truth to power, and got dissed for it... The truth is that women with children are NOT all equal, are NOT handed equal options in life. Some could not create favorable circumstances because they were desperate from poor planning, no family support, bad educational choices, and glass ceilings imposed by employers.
Perhaps Ms. Powell's shortcoming is all too typical of the lack of thought put into this issue. There are so many venomous single-mother victim blamers out there, that such considerations are shouted down before having a chance to be discussed.
She did stammer and stumble. So what. No one is perfect and she folded under pressure. Learning moment.
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