Miss Utah Botches Income Equality Question at Miss USA Pageant [Video]

Miss Utah, Marissa Powell, fumbles question about pay inequality.

Though Miss Connecticut won the Miss USA crown and title on Sunday night, it was Miss Utah who stole the show with her answer in the Q&A round.

The video of one of the contestant stumbling over her answer about pay inequality in the native country burst the internet after Miss USA Pageant was aired on Sunday night.

The model, actress and singer fished ‘Judge 3’ from a bowl on stage, and NeNe Leakes from The Real Housewives of Atlanta read her question, The Daily Mail reports.

“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 this say about society?” the question read.

After a pause, the beauty responded: “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.”

She went on, adding: “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.”

It looked like Miss Utah was aware of her struggle – as she made a pause mid-way through the answer and stared at the audience sheepishly.

However, America’s critics weren’t going to let the poor beauty get off that easily and the internet was awash with laughter at her performance.

“Miss Utah does make a good case for education reform in America,” one wondered.

“Hey, Miss South “Maps” Carolina! You’re finally off the hook. Send the thank you card to Miss Utah! #missusa” wrote a Twitter user.

“I would pay $500 for Miss Utah and Miss South Carolina to record a long, rambling, incoherent personal voicemail greeting on my phone..” said another.

“Don’t sweat it, Miss Utah. Who among us could keep a steady train of thought standing THAT CLOSE to a Jonas Brother?”

According to Powell, she studied at Westminster College and Brigham Young University.

So far, Powell has remained silent on Twitter. Wonder, but the equality answer didn’t totally knock her out of the peagant as Miss Utah finished as third runner up.

Miss Connecticut Erin Brady, 25 was crowned Miss USA at the end of the competition, after easy dealing with a question regarding the Supreme Court’s decision to uphold widespread DNA tests.

“If someone is being prosecuted and committed a crime, it should happen. There are so many crimes that if that’s one step closer to stopping them, then we should be able to do so,” she said.

Erin Brady comes from East Hampton, Conn. She works as a financial accountant and earned a finance degree at Central Connecticut State University, where she minored in criminal justice. Brady, who struggled with alcoholism in her family, has said she intends to become an advocate for children of addicts.

She is expected to spend her title reign on a nationwide speaking tour and raising breast and ovarian cancer awareness, the organization’s official cause.

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