Miss Utah Sounded Like Philosoraptor With Hilariously Incomprehensible Answer To Wage Gap Question


At last night’s Miss America pageant, one Marissa Powell, also know as Miss Utah, went the philosoraptor route by giving an answer that sounded like the intro to a term paper some stoner freshman wrote.

NeNe Leakes 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 this say about society?”

Powell delivered this answer:

“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. And 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 educate better so we can solve this problem. Thank you.”

When Miss America contestants give awkward, awful, cringeworthy answers to pageant questions, I am empathetic, yet confused. Yes, I would never be able to stand on a stage in an evening gown and talk to thousands of people (not including those watching from home) — but then, I never volunteered to. Aren’t these women drilled constantly? Haven’t they answered these types of questions dozens of times in each pageant leading up to the ultimate one?

It’s also just sort of disappointing that she didn’t deliver a solid answer on such a relevant question that likely could have influenced, or at least educated, viewers’ and fans’ minds on the wage gap issue. On the bright side, however, one Caitlin Upton is finally breathing a sigh of relief.

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    • Candace

      I like how her answer was basically “If men were better educated, they could create more jobs so that women wouldn’t have to be primary earners.”

    • Tania

      I am really confused by her answer. The wage gap is due to education? Of whom? Aren’t most post-secondary students now women? Or does she mean education about the wage gap issue?

      • S.

        Don’t try to make sense of her answer! I think she only wanted to string words that seemed relevant together and hope that the complete lack of cohesiveness would be ignored by everyone listening.

    • Emily

      Wow. Anyone who follows the news would be able to answer this decently. And, like you said, you would expect a Miss America contestant to be schooled on all relevant headlines, especially topics regarding women’s rights/equality.

    • Brooke

      I heard this morning that her coach had told her that since her strong point is the topic of education, she should try to bring each answer back around to education. I feel bad for her… we’ve all gone blank like that!

    • kj

      She clearly needs to figure out how to create educate herself.

    • Beth

      Hah! I thought it was great! But I don’t really watch Miss America for anything more than the comedic value anyway. Maybe if she wins she can use her scholarship money to create educate for herself.

      • Samantha_Escobar

        Maybe I should’ve tried out pageants so I could’ve create educate for myself and not create $20K of debt.