Brains vs. Beauty…Really?

Remember the Utah contestant that completely flubbed up her Miss USA interview question about equality between men and women in the workplace?  miss utahDuuuhh……

How about the interview with Miss South Carolina in the Teen USA competition that blew up on YouTube when she was asked why she thought 1 out of five Americans couldn’t locate the USA on a map?

Let me just refresh your memory on this one. It’s worth your time. It went a little something like this… (insert “valley girl” voice…or the great voiceover used for the honey badger on YouTube-narrated by Randall)

“I personally believe that US Americans (??) are unable to do so because some people out there in our nation don’t have maps…and our education like such as in South Africa and “the” Iraq and everywhere like such as…I believe the education..over here should help South Africa and should help “the” Iraq and the Aisians….”

pageant sc

Wow…completely cringe worthy.

The question is why do these silly pageants insist on torturing these girls with questions about current events when they are merely showing up for people to tell them how pretty they are and how sparkly their dress is? Does it really matter? Do we really give a rat’s ass if she believes in any kind of equality beyond how many parts peroxide to parts hair dye?

I mean, believe you me, I get all kinds of satisfaction watching the wheels fall off all the while knowing I’ve been there in some form but know better than to “be there” on national television. BUT, I don’t think it’s exactly fitting for the questions to be about the things these girls couldn’t learn in the week prior to the pageant by reading vocabulary notecards in their dressing rooms while spray gluing their bathing suits to their asses.

It might be good to begin to move away from the unknown and move to something they just may be able to speak to.


  • Please give an expository speech on how to put on fake eyelashes. (that’s challenging)
  • Your state just outlawed spray tans. What steps would you take to reinstate this mandatory want?
  • Have you ever been bitch slapped during a competition, and if so what would your plan of action be to prevent it from ever happening again?

Now, these seem to me a little more pageant appropriate.

These pageants do, however, ultimately entertain and that’s what people want. Watching the faces of the runners-up as they get swept off the stage like a prop change for the next scene of a play no longer necessary nor useful to those that remain front and center is continually priceless and rewarding as well as watching last years news attempt to secure a gigantic four pound crown to the next victim as she shakes and waves and acts like she just received the Nobel Prize for discovering the cure for cancer.

Miss America contestant, Miss New York Nina Davuluri reacts after being chosen winner of the 2014 Miss America Pageant in Atlantic City, New Jersey

Pageants–gotta love.

About Amy Rafferty Slagle

I am a middle school teacher juggling career, husband (ooh la la), and twin tomboys (good grief). I have a passion for writing and crave laughter just about as much as frozen yogurt. This is my attempt at sharing the madness of my world, my mind, and my humor. View all posts by Amy Rafferty Slagle

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