Stop Asking Beauty Contestants Stupid Questions
Miss Nevada is not the one to ask about how to solve race relations.
Miss Nevada Brittany McGowan’s first flub in the Sunday night contest came during the formal wear round. The top-10 finalist modeled a form-fitting silver gown, and even seamlessly removed its detachable skirt before she tripped during her walk off stage.
She recovered from the minor misstep and made it to the top five — only to seriously stumble during the final interview.
McGowan was asked, “What would you do to improve race relations in the U.S.?” While she was instructed to “be specific,” the 25-year-old clumsily spit out an ultra-vague plan to “get more races grouped together.”
“What I would do to improve race relations in the U.S. is get more races grouped together and be able to be with each other in a — in a non, let’s see,” she said grinning and nervously laughing.
“I think what we need to do is bring, uh,” she continued.
Finally, she strung together a complete sentence: “We need to be more accepting of each other and we need to bring people together. That’s what I think we need to do.”
But McGowan wasn’t the only woman to goof her final question. Miss Rhode Island Anea Garcia also had trouble with her interview.
“Recently, comedian Jerry Seinfeld spoke out about political correctness in our culture. Do you think political correctness is hurting or helping this country and why?” the judge asked.
“That’s a very good question,” the 20-year-old said before apologizing and asking for the question to be repeated.
“I think that it’s a balance of both. We need the people to remind us — especially politicians — to remind us what to do and when to do wrong,” she finally answered, seemingly evading the question about political correctness.
Ultimately, neither of the flub-making contestants took the crown. Olivia Jordan, from Oklahoma, became the new Miss USA. She’ll advance to the Miss Universe contest.