NPR writer 'slightly' defends Miss Utah USA's botched answer during national competition

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  • southmtnman Provo, UT
    June 20, 2013 9:12 a.m.


    "@southmtnman - If you think it's a good question then it means you don't understand it."

    Interesting for you to say, considering when Miss Utah got a second chance to answer the question, she gave essentially the same answer I suggested.

    Eat crow much?

  • liberate Sandy, UT
    June 18, 2013 11:43 p.m.

    @southmtnman - If you think it's a good question then it means you don't understand it. It's obvious the question was created so that the person asking the question would look intelligent, as if she'd thought of something smart to ask. But the question is no different from somebody getting up and giving a speech with a bunch of big words but not really saying anything worth remembering. Yes, women are underpaid relative to men. Yes, 40% of households are led by women. Are these related? Who knows but it's highly likely that they each say something different about society, unless of course you think the fact that women are underpaid results in 40% of households being led by women. If Miss Utah were a genius public speaker with more experience she would have thrown the question back in the face of the judge. I wish she did.

  • washcomom Beaverton, OR
    June 18, 2013 6:11 p.m.

    From the story: "She's not a dumb person; she's bad at public speaking. And if she were good at it, nobody would have ever heard of her."
    Miss USA needs to be good at public speaking. That is part of the assignment given. If she can't speak well, then she needs a great coach to help her with her thought processes.

  • killpack Sandy, UT
    June 18, 2013 5:16 p.m.

    @Milestone and Redshirt1701

    You see what I mean? Both are correct answers. Either would have resulted in crucifixion by the media, far worse than the clumsy attempt at speech she actually made.

  • Redshirt1701 Deep Space 9, Ut
    June 18, 2013 12:51 p.m.

    The answer is simple. Women tend to work as office assistants, or other lower paying jobs than men do. How hard is that to understand? Do we worry about the pay disparity between heart surgeons and janitors?

  • Milestone Martinez, CA
    June 18, 2013 12:19 a.m.

    Okay. Here is truly the best answer unless it can be beat:

    Honey, what it say's is that this is still a man's world. That's why I'm up here wearing this bikini. You might what to do something about that hair if you hope to catch a good man, sweetie...

  • killpack Sandy, UT
    June 17, 2013 8:08 p.m.

    Miss Utah dodged a bullet. Giving the correct answer would have been far worse than what she did as it would have caused much bigger media backlash. This was a no-win question.

  • kargirl Sacramento, CA
    June 17, 2013 7:34 p.m.

    Did she plan to compete the last day she could sign up? Gee, then, did she not have any opinions on anything--at all??? If she were college material of any caliber, she could have come up with at least one or two thoughts. Perhaps, she might have opined, it meant that we were remiss in our country for not having passed and enforced equal pay for equal work regardless of gender. She may have commented that flexible hours or universal health care would make it possible for more women to obtain experience to receive equal pay. Did that take long? And I didn't write it beforehand, either.

  • Joan Watson TWIN FALLS, ID
    June 17, 2013 7:23 p.m.

    Regardless of her answer to a true or not true multiple question, she is stunningly beautiful, perfect figure, with a radiant winning smile. A winner in anyones estimation.

  • Cats Somewhere in Time, UT
    June 17, 2013 6:35 p.m.

    Miss USA, to the best of my knowledge, is not for scholarships. Miss America is. Also, equal pay for equal work is already the law in every state.

    This poor girl was given a mouthful to answer in just a few sentences. It really was an unfair question under the circumstances.

    Anyway, since she finished third, even after that bad answer, I have a feeling she probably would have won if she had done a better job on her answer. They obviously really liked her.

    She did her best and I support her.

  • IDSpud Eagle, ID
    June 17, 2013 6:29 p.m.

    Actually, southmtnman, this topic is complex and can not be answered as simplistic as you suggest. There are several factor at play, such as gender preference in jobs (women tend toward service jobs), women (generally) take time off to care for the children, and women (generally) don't assert themselves in asking/demanding higher salaries. There are studies out there showing that for the same/similar type of job (Engineering for example) that women are paid the same - all else being equal. There are clearly pockets of discrimination that still exist, but not to the degree main stream news tends to highlight.

  • Hawkeye79 Iowa City, IA
    June 17, 2013 5:57 p.m.

    Hi southmtnman,

    Which "facts" are you referring to? Research has shown for over a decade that more than 90% of the raw gender pay gap (the one reported in the news) is due to relevant differences, including the number of hours worked, the number of years of tenure, etc.

  • Happy Valley Heretic Orem, UT
    June 17, 2013 4:49 p.m.

    Perhaps they should do away with intellectual questions and stick to "what's you favorite color?"
    These are really for scholarships?

  • wwookie Payson, UT
    June 17, 2013 4:45 p.m.

    I was embarrassed for her and for our state she was representing, ...but...

    ...It was Way funny though!

  • cjb Bountiful, UT
    June 17, 2013 4:21 p.m.

    Everyone gets tongue tied at times. Its kind of embarrassing when it happens in front of so many people. Too bad.

  • southmtnman Provo, UT
    June 17, 2013 3:46 p.m.

    It is not a stupid question, it is a very relevant question. And any contestant worth her salt would have had a good answer.

    These facts show that our society still has its priorities mixed up, and that latent sexism is still a problem. The "glass ceiling" is still in place, and women are still discriminated against in hiring and compensation. More importantly, children suffer for it.

    The candidate then should have advocated support for "equal pay for equal work" legislation, such as the Lilly Ledbetter Fair Pay Act.

    That anyone would try to defend this woman's embarrassing performance is laughable!