Move over, Miss Teen South Carolina! Miss Utah’s cringe-worthy answer wins mockery crown [video]

Oh dear. As Twitchy reported, Miss Alabama weighed in on the NSA controversy during last night’s Miss USA Pageant. But Miss Utah, Marissa Powell, gave an answer to a question that caused major buzz.

Ms. Powell took to Twitter before the pageant.

Backstage prep for MISS USA TONIGHT!!!!! AHHHH!!!! Be sure to watch on NBC! #missusa #finallyhere

Backstage prep right before going on stage for swimsuit at prelims! #missusa

Oh, honey. Perhaps she should have prepped the question and answer segment a bit more.

Ask and ye shall receive. Twitter, of  course, had video available right away. Watch. And cringe:


The mockery was swift and snicker-worthy.

Ha! Many Twitter users were reminded of Miss Teen South Carolina and her infamous answer … “such as”:

So, there’s that! Move over, Miss Teen South Carolina.

Or was it the best thing ever?

She certainly scored high in the buzz category! Fox & Friends discussed it this morning:

And some Twitter users think that she should be cut some slack.


And others choose to focus on different, err, assets.


In any event, thanks for the giggles, Miss Utah!

  • the_bat

    That was odd.

  • GaryTheBrave

    Abongile @abongilem

    Sitting here, starring at my computer screen embarrassed on behalf of Miss Utah USA. #NotBantuEducation

    4:03 AM – 17 Jun 2013 from Mthatha, Eastern Cape

    I was going to be a grammar nazi on this poster for using “starring” instead of “staring” but then I noticed where he or she is located. English may not be the primary language for this person.

  • Chrissy the Hyphenated

    I can’t help wondering if these women AND their parents, coaches and
    agents all went to same wretched schools. I mean … they got to NATIONALS
    without having decent prepared answers on these very predictable
    topics? Sheesh.

  • Chrissy the Hyphenated

    Give her a break? It’s hard to talk in front of millions? NOT. She got to nationals presumably by competing at a lot of these things and because she WANTED the exposure. It’s not like Candid Camera secretly taped her sounding dumb and then broadcast it all over.

    • Sons Thunder

      So what do you think about Rick Perry criticizing Obama for not protecting the embassy in Lebanon?

      • Noah

        how is that germane to this discussion?

        • Sons Thunder

          Rick Perry knew he was being recorded and, even with prepared remarks, was unable to place Behghazi in the right country. I’m curious if @chrissy_the_hyphenated:disqus thinks the Governor of Texas deserves ridicule the way Miss Utah does.

          • Noah

            Chrissy never even mentioned your precious Bammy!! why the need to bring up Rick Perry?

  • John Thomas “Jack” Ward III

    Wow. What a flub…Nerves, I guess…But that will make anyone sound like an idiot/screw the pooch…That’s all I have to say (BTW Watched “Ice Road Truckers” instead… Jawamax 8<{D}

    • AJ

      I miss that show. We lost most of our channels last year.

  • vcferlita

    She should run for office.

    • Clete Torres

      She couldn’t do any worse than the current resident at 1600…

    • Duane Savage

      She’s got the doubletalk down.

    • Paula_Alquist

      Wouldn’t surprise me to see her end up being a network anchor.

  • Richard Jefferies

    I know she’s not a blond but she so reminds me of Julie Brown’s Cuz I’m Blond song:

    “I never learned to read, and I never learned to cook.Why should I bother when I look like I look? I know lots of people are smarter than me, But I have this philosophy:
    So what! (giggle).

    “I took an IQ test and I flunked it, of course, I can’t spell V-W but I gotta Porsche…”

    • DixieAngel_76

      Yes Richard, believe it or not, there are plenty of dumb brunettes in the world too.

      • TheOriginalDonald

        Who is Tina Fey?

    • Ryan Schneider.

      Just a heartbeat away from a state of the art blow up doll…

  • SineWaveII

    Look for Obama to announce his “create education better” initiative.

    • John Galt

      Love it.

    • BlueGood

      She actually makes more sense than O’Bama…..~~Percussive Snort~~


    Oh boy These Videos are so painful. Life is tough for these young Ladies

    • James Atkins

      Was that sarcasm? If not, what do you believe has been tough about her life?

      • MEXI-CONS


  • peteee363

    wow, definitely a product of public education.

  • Guy_Montag_OG

    Miss Utah’s answer to any question is all right with me.
    “You work at a slaughterhouse, and your shift is over at 6?”
    “Great, I’ll be there to pick you up at 5:45.”

  • Trish

    I’m more annoyed that they asked her an intentionally misleading question. When you compare women to men who work in similar fields, with similar education and similar job experience salaries are nearly identical. With the allotted time they have to answer a question it would be impossible to explain that and the intricacies of why overall women’s salaries are less than men’s and what would helps more women get ahead in the workforce. Having said that, it’s obvious she never would have been able to answer the question sufficiently even if she’d had enough time. You can’t expect a woman like that to be able to comment on society and stand and smile and remember her next bikini wax appointment all at the same time.

    • Duane Savage

      When you compare women to men who work in similar fields, with similar
      education and similar job experience salaries are nearly identical…except in the White House.

      • Roto

        And Obama has been taking credit for the 1963 Equal Pay Act in the Lilly Ledbetter case, which doesn’t have anything to do with equal pay.

    • Ben Bollman

      I don’t buy it. We are talking about Miss America here not Jasper County Fair Queen, she knew she was going to get a question like this because she had been through this before. This is stuff the typical low-info voter believes, she even got a round of applause for saying something that stupid because other people believe it and it is what they have been told in the media. Common sense isn’t so common any more.

      • Ryan Schneider.

        Uncommon nonsense. Maybe she is the granddaughter of the mock turtle.

    • Ryan Schneider.

      So true. These statisticians refuse to admit that the overwhelming majority of men and women just NATURALLY prefer very different jobs.

    • Stephen L. Hall

      I think your second sentence would have been a perfect answer . . . and fit in the allotted time. And I do ” expect a woman like that to be able to comment on society and stand and smile and remember her next bikini wax appointment all at the same

  • CombatDiver

    She is lucky that she is hot.

  • FaithColeridge33

    In her defense her brain is not her money maker. If I looked like that I would have said: “What do I care? I’m going to marry a rich doctor, or equivalent, have lots of babies, and I’ll let them run around the pool all day while I catch some rays.”


    • John Galt

      Doubtful that she’ll destroy that money maker with a bunch of babies. She’ll probably just adopt a bunch of 3rd world babies to make herself feel better.

    • Ryan Schneider.

      The most lovely flower in the world still needs strong roots and a strong, bend-able stem if it is to survive any days that a Gardner might not be available. This flower’s stem looks as brittle as a cheeto.

  • Stephen L. Hall

    Well, that would be the test, wouldn’t it? The whole purpose of such questions is to see if the contestant can maintain their poise and grace facing a difficult question. It is not to see if they are intellectual but to see if they are socially graceful. She failed. But that really is the purpose.

    • R0nin

      Hmm… pretty sure the purpose has become to push leftist agendas and see if the contestants are PC enough to wear the crown.

  • marcellucci

    Her answer should have been:
    “Seriously?! You want to push your failing agenda right here in front of millions of people on an issue that’s clearly been disproven? Really?!
    Let’s just talk about my fabulous boobs and move on…..hag….”

  • TugboatPhil

    What a maroon. It should have been “gooder,” right?

  • Clete Torres

    Has she been studying with Miss SC? Imagine this scene:

    “If they ask you, like, a hard question…just smile and offer, like, a few disconnected ideas. It’ll make them think you’re really deep.”

    (all the while thinking to herself “this should make people forget about my 2007 screw up, such as. Now what did I do with my map? I need to find America.)

    • TheOriginalDonald

      NO no no, Caitlin Up, US American would have told her to use maps….FOR A BETTER FUTURE!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  • Herman LaClair

    these are not the orals for an LSAT…it’s a frickin beauty pageant. our esteemed prez has made much more heinous comments and pronunciations.

    • John Galt

      In fact, she’s probably more qualified to be CIC than the current clown we have.

      • TugboatPhil

        Well in all fairness, there are inanimate objects that are more qualified than Barky.

        • Clete Torres

          ALL inanimate objects are more qualified.

  • billeeblue

    Oy vey. Sometimes the mic makes them nervous. Still, she was trying to present an intelligent answer and it just didn’t work.

  • Red Fred

    What a stupid question! Stay focused. Ask about something pertinent like gel vs. acrylic nails. Or tanning bed vs. spray tan.

  • Patriot

    I think she was being sarcastic to prove her point. Once again proving the relevance of beauty pageants in solving the high priority problems of today’s world.

  • Duane Savage

    Just nerves.. she didn’t do all that bad. She clearly had the education answer down.

  • putthehammerdown

    If she’s looking for a job, Joe Biden is [supposedly] looking for a diction coach, and A Personal Press Secretary.
    I would just love to see ‘that’ interview with Joe doing the questioning,…and yes, I’d bring my own paper bag to exhale into……

  • John Galt

    Why do we do the whole obligatory “let’s hear what the contestants think about current events so we can get a deeper understanding of her as a whole” thing with these pageants? Just cut out all that BS and call it what it is: the contest to see who looks the best. Everybody knows these girls get by solely on their looks in life. Quit acting like they’re rocket scientists or something. Just my 2 cents.

    • Roaring Lion

      You are absolutely right. Call it a beauty contest and be done with it. Don’t let the contestants speak but just present their real talents!

  • John Galt

    Maybe she was tailoring her answer to the brain dead idiot asking the question?

  • porgiefirefighter

    It was a 50-50 chance that the answer was either “education” or “world peace”. The irony is she will end up making a lot more money than most of the men I know.

    • Roto

      She shoulda went with “whirled peas” :-)

  • Sharon Tzib

    Gotta give it to the announcers for not breaking out in hysterical laughter. South Carolinas is still the worst tho.

  • Norm McDonald

    Damn…she is from Utah? Now I know we have plenty of pretty women here in my beautiful state…but we also have plenty of very smart pretty women. How come Utah sends a dumb one to this pageant?

    • Roaring Lion

      What do you think these contests are all about? Brains? Afraid not. Many of the proponents of these contests–men and WOMEN–are loving it.

    • Spinmamma

      Mostly because the smart ones are doing something more productive than attending beauty pageants. (I said mostly.)

  • LisaG

    For all those who are advocating that we “judgmental” people “give the girl a break,” please remember that she signed up for this gig. She had to win several progressively challenging levels to be a part of this pageant, so she knew full well what was expected of her. She has almost certainly been doing this kind of thing FOR YEARS to reach this pinnacle of pageant competition. Like all beauty queens, she undoubtedly has a highly paid pageant coach who is responsible for making sure his/her contestant-client is completely prepped for every part of the competition, including the interview. I will give Miss Utah credit for not breaking down in tears when she realized she didn’t have a well-formed thought on the offered topic, but she clearly proved herself a “low-information” contestant. If judged on poise alone, maybe she gets a slight break for avoiding panic, but her pause and little smile in the middle of the answer gave away her discomfort, and she didn’t cover it with an intelligent finish, so…no. I’d call that a “fail.” (This gal still doesn’t hold a candle to the Miss Teen South Carolina from a few years ago.)

  • Skeeps

    She looks like a drag queen.

  • ozconservative

    Al Sharptons answer to that was “And create we much”

  • CynicOwl

    “Less swimsuit, more words putting into sentence doing.”

    No one, circa ever.

  • Roto

    It was a trick question anyway. Nene Leakes, of all people (whoever the heII she is), should know that Obama fixed the problem that “[women] earn less than men” when he passed the 1963 Equal Pay Act. Err, umm, well he took credit for it anyway….

    • Gary Norton

      Yet Obama still pays women less than their male counterparts. Funny how that works.

    • TheOriginalDonald

      Yet you don’t see The Real HouseHusbands Of Atlanta, huh Nene?

  • Peyton

    Can we have a beauty contest with an IQ requirement?

    • Spinmamma

      It’s called Fox News.

  • Roaring Lion

    Are they even real?

  • Climbr880

    Al Sharpton affirmed Miss Utah’s statement, saying “Yes, we much!”

    • TheOriginalDonald

      from everyone’s side empty bench no doubt. #CaitlinUptonUSAmericanThinksFatAlbertIsStupid

  • JoeMyGodNYC

    I don’t know HOW she messed that up after practicing for hours and hours with her sister wives.

    • PennyRobinsonFanClub

      Easy, public schools.

      • JoeMyGodNYC

        Brigham Young, actually.

        • PennyRobinsonFanClub

          What’s YOUR excuse?

          • JoeMyGodNYC

            Ivy League.

          • PennyRobinsonFanClub

            That DOES explain a lot, I suppose.

  • neoface

    “We must create education better.” Is that Ebonics? I guess she won’t be getting a job as an editor in a book publishing company.

  • unknown

    Why are these questions even asked at pageants? Are they to reinforce the stereotype that supermodels are dumb as dirt?

    • Spinmamma

      yes. But then, one has to consider the persons asking the questions.

  • PennyRobinsonFanClub


    “Coming to you live from the Derek Zoolander Center for Children Who Can’t Read Good”

    And the Interwebz haz a new champion.

  • DixieAngel_76

    Love the guy who posts her pic, and then says ‘answer my question any way you want’. Gotta wonder what head he’s thinkin’ with, no?

  • Belinda Henry

    all that mascara has leaked into her brain

  • JustLikeAnimals

    She should’ve just said, “Maps.”

  • LochGates44

    No worries she’ll make the breast of an embarrassing situation.

    • SineWaveII

      Hey hey Eyes Up LochGates. ;–)

  • eeddggy

    Can you just imagine having to sit through a dinner with this dolt? The deepest conversation wouldn’t get beyond the Kardashians.
    I’d have to use my steak knife on my jugular to end the pain. Or maybe I’d wait on that until just before breakfast.

  • eeddggy

    She represents Democrats quite well. Real Americans…not so much.

  • dave9000

    Good grief. Trump must look for the largest breasts with the smallest IQ possible to represent women in America. How pathetic. This so-called contest has become an embarrassment to women around the world since he took over. Hell, its an embarrassment to men who appreciate real women with brains that work.

    • TheOriginalDonald

      And WHEN the likes of Carrie Prejean DO give intelligent answers, the Perez Hiltons of this world rip them apart.

  • Maxx

    OK, fine fellas…I’ll take the plunge.

    When you look like that, who gives a sh*t?

  • William Kent Jenkins

    ….and she isn’t even blonde

  • socalcon

    Jay Carney’s replacement?

    • SineWaveII

      No that would be beneath her. Maybe she should be Amb to the UN.

  • praymorenow1

    I feel bad for her: she’s only tall, slim, beautiful, win or lose – likely OK financially, has a nice family, etc., and yet, she froze up, she messed up, she did her one big verbal blooper on international tv……
    It is funny. Gotta laugh. Hopefully, she can do Letterman or Leno or Kimmell, and poke fun at herself over this…why not.

  • Taylor Lake

    Oh, what the hell. I didn’t watch the event in real time, but if I had, to be honest it wouldn’t have been Miss Utah’s “intellect” or her command of English grammar that would have focused my attention.

    I mean, really, a man saying “I watch a beauty pageant for the brainy answers to questions” is no more persuasive than the same man insisting that he buys Playboy Magazine for the “articles.”

    Or to quote Al Bundy’s advice to collective womanhood from the old sitcom “Married with Children”: “Don’t ruin it by talking.”

  • NCRelite

    I was at the airport last week and this drop dead gorgeous young lady ahead of me was confused because she thought she was flying international… to NEW MEXICO!

  • docscience

    For heaven’s sake people, it’s a beauty pageant, not an intelligence pageant.

    • Mister A

      Also, what was that question? I’d say it would be difficult to answer succinctly and coherently on the spot. Plus, there’s kind of a lot to tackle in the whole “What does this say about society?” part. Yes, she could have given a better response, but she was set up to fail. Also, she never would have made news.

  • Ryan Schneider.

    I really worry that poor nutrition may be causing early onset dementia in some of these self tortured girls.

  • 277Volt

    I wonder what she really looks like.

  • stillinthe60s

    Miss Utah. Resist we much listening to these criticisms.

  • Damien Johnson

    Well, she didn’t say she supports the NSA like the other one so I still pick her.

  • Judy B

    A rousing round of applause for our public (government) school system!

  • TheOriginalDonald

    I wonder if Marissa Powell is related in any way to Caitlin Upton, US American

  • CDUB

    I feel bad commenting on this………… As a female. Just can’t…..

  • midnightgolfer

    I’ve never been asked a random question on live television before. I wonder if I would have done any better? (They didn’t really prepare us for that at the public high school I went to, either.) Still, I expect better from Utah.

  • 912er

    I think I can explain this messy answer…..Obviously this is a traditional American girl and what she wanted to say was the woman should stay home and raise her children and the men should support the family financially but with years and years of political correctness twisting her brains into knots, the result is the answer that came out of her mouth…..its too bad she didn’t give her true thoughts and beliefs.

  • J August

    Miss Utah is proof positive that there are some women out there who should be barefoot and pregnant, although, hopefully, not raising children as air-headed as she is.

  • sodakhic

    And most of you bozos would swallow your tongues if you were asked a question before a million viewers.

  • sodakhic

    Obama nowhere to be found for paying women big bucks.