The only time people seem to care about national beauty pageants is when one of the contestants messes up the question-and-answer round in the worst way possible. Well, it happened again last night at the Miss USA pageant, with Miss Utah giving an answer so bad that it eclipsed all other terrible pageant answers before her. Meet 21-year-old Marissa Powell. She is from Salt Lake City. And this is the full, cringe-worthy sequence you will be seeing a lot of this week:
Again, the highlights — also known as how to never answer a question about the gender pay gap.
"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. I think especially the men are seen as the leaders of this and so we need to figure out how to create education better so that we can solve this problem."
Of course, equal pay is not exactly a gimme of a topic. But last night's winner, Connecticut's Erin Brady, had to answer a question regarding the U.S. Supreme Court's recent decision on patenting human genes. And the first-runner-up, Mary Margaret McCord, talked about the NSA leaks and privacy on live television. Except the top two had pretty solid answers, and pretty solid answers, as we know, never get the kind of attention as the pretty awkward ones do.