Miss Utah Marissa Powell is catching flack for the answer she gave during the Q and A session of Sunday night’s Miss USA pageant.
During the segment, Judge NeNe Leakes asked the 21-year-old Salt Lake City about income inequality.
“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 it say about society?”
After considering what she was going to say, Powell began speaking.
“I think we can relate this back to education, and how we are continuing to try to strive … to … (there’s then a loooong pause and she smiles)… figure out how to create jobs right now. That is the biggest problem right now.”
She wasn’t done yet.
““I think, especially the men are … um … seen as the leaders of this, and so we need to see how to … create education better. So that we can solve this problem. Thank you.”
Despite the “create education better” debacle, Powell earned third runner-up and Miss Photogenic honors.
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The segment has drawn comparisons to the 2007 Miss USA pageant when Miss South Carolina Caitline Upton talked about how people had a hard time getting maps.
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