by Chuck Carroll

Miss Connecticut Erin Brady may be crowned Miss USA, but Miss Utah, Melissa Powell, is the real winner this year. Actually, we’re all winners thanks to the bumbling, stumbling, and idiotic answer she gave when asked about disparity between pay for women and men.

Not since 2007 have the TV Gods shined upon us with such a blunder.

That’s when Caitlin Upton, better known as Miss Teen South Carolina, somehow brought South Africa, Iraq and Asia into the fold when asked why 20 percent of Americans couldn’t find the U.S. on a map. In her world, the U.S. educational system is supposed to help people abroad find America on the map, which in turn will solve this country’s geographical incompetency woes (we think).

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“This was just radio gold for days,” E.B. said on the Junkies Monday morning.

Who had the most botched answer? More bluntly: Who is the bigger idiot?

Both gave legendary responses, but only one can be crowned Queen of the Dummies.

Read the two and decide for yourself.

Caitlin Upton
Miss Teen South Carolina 2007

Question: “Recent polls have shown a fifth of Americans can’t locate the United States on a world map. Why do you think this is?”

Answer: “I personally believe that U.S. Americans are unable to do so because, um, 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 uh, the Iraq everywhere like, such as and I believe that they should, our education over here in the U.S. should help the U.S., err, should help South Africa and should help the Iraq and the Asian countries, so we will be able to build up our future for our children.”

Melissa Powell
Miss Utah 2013

Question: “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?”

Answer: “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’s the biggest problem and I think, especially the men, are, uh, seen as the leaders of this and so we need to try and figure out how to create education better so we can solve this problem.”

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