8. Alicia-Monique Blanco, Miss Arizona 2009
Q: "Do you think the US should have universal healthcare as a right of citizenship? Why or why not?"
A: "You know I think this is an issue of integrity regardless of which end of the political spectrum that I stand on. I've been raised in my family to know right from wrong and politics whether or not you fall in the middle, the left or the right it's an issue of integrity whatever your opinion is and I say that with the utmost conviction."
Rest assured America, Miss Blanco has a definitive stance on the issue... of having a definitive stance.
7. Malaea Nelms, Miss Alabama 1994
Q: "If you could live forever, would you and why?"
A: "I would not live forever, because we should not live forever, because if we were supposed to live forever, then we would live forever, but we cannot live forever, which is why I would not live forever."
Is "live forever" code for something? Did she just activate sleeper agents across the country? Why else would she need to say that phrase six times in a single "sentence".
6. Lauren Ashley, Miss Beverly Hills 2010
Q: On gay marriage.
A: “I feel like God himself created mankind and he loves everyone, and he has the best for everyone. If he says that having sex with someone of your same gender is going to bring death upon you, that’s a pretty stern warning, and he knows more than we do about life.”
Fellow Californian and beauty pageant contestant Carrie Prejean received a lot of backlash for expressing similar views in the 2009 Miss USA competition, but her answer wasn't necessarily ridiculous (close minded, yes, but not ridiculous). Her position on plastic surgery on the other hand...
5. Carrie Prejean Miss California 2008
Q: On how God feels about breast implants.
A: "No, I don’t think there’s anything wrong with getting breast implants as a Christian. I think it’s a personal decision. I don’t see anywhere in the Bible where it says you shouldn’t get breast implants."
4. Lauren Caitlin Upton, Miss Teen South Carolina 2007
Q: “Recent polls have shown that a fifth of Americans can’t locate the US on a world map. Why do you think this is?”
A:“I personally believe that U.S. Americans are unable to do so because, uh, some people out there in our nation don’t have maps and uh…I believe that our education like such as in South Africa and the Iraq, everywhere like such as… and I believe they should, uh, our education over here in the U.S. should help the U.S. or should help South Africa and should help the Iraq and Asian countries so we will be able to build up our future for us.”
Now, did the follow-up question involve finding the U.S. on a map and can we see the footage?
3. Giosue Cozzarelli, Miss Panama 2009
Q: 'Explain the Confucius quote "Learning without thought is labor lost."
A: "Good evening, Panama. Confucius was one of whom invented confusion and that's why, uhh... One of the most ancient, he was one of the Chinese.... Japanese who were one of the most ancient. Thank you."
At least she's polite?
2. Jeannie Anderson, Miss Philippines 2006
Q: "Would you rather be more smart, or more beautiful?"
A: "Well, I'd rather choose to be beautiful, um because, to be beautiful it's natural. But being smart you can learn... you can learn, um a lot of things... a lot of things from the experience... you can learn from a lot of things being smart."
So, is there a course on "being smart" that we can enroll in? What are the admissions requirements?
1. Marissa Powell, Miss Utah 2013
Q: “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?”
A: “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 right now. 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.”
This gaffe might just be a product of nerves, but then again "create education better" is actually a phrase that her brain pieced together, so maybe not.
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