I totally agree with P. Z. Myers, that this business of making fun of the answers given by women who take part in beauty pageants has to stop. I had do so myself before I realized how unfair it is. The latest victim of this is Marissa Powell, the Miss Utah contestant for Miss USA.
She was asked a question about the recent survey showing the increasing number of women as the main breadwinner in households and she fumbled her answer, trying to respond that we need to do something about education and jobs but not quite getting it out. And now people are laughing at her, some with exceedingly cruel remarks.
This is totally unfair. She is a woman barely out of her teens taking part in a beauty pageant. She is not taking part in a Model UN tournament or a speech and debate contest where such a question might be relevant. Why should she be expected to respond to some random news story?
The problem is that they don’t seem to be allowed to give answers of the form, “I am sorry but I am unfamiliar with this issue and so am not in a position to offer an informed opinion.” They seem to be forced to say something so we should expect more such fumbles as they try to hide their lack of preparation. If you had shoved a microphone under my nose at the age of 20 and asked me a random question and forced me to answer under pressure, I would likely have been incoherent too, even more so because she at least had grace and poise and a winning smile, things I have never had.
So Ms. Powell, ignore the people who are laughing at you. At least you won a big contest, which is more than what many of your critics have ever done in their much longer lives.