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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