Last night Miss District of Columbia, Kara McCullough, was crowned Miss USA 2017 in Las Vegas, Nevada, and people are angry about it. While McCullough, 25, was a crowd favorite, Miss New Jersey, Chhavi Verg, 20, was also a top contender, which is why the two were top runners.
The evening really drew divides when the women were asked their final question. The final question was:
“What do you consider feminism to be and to you consider yourself to be a feminist?”
While both McCullough and Verg gave strong answers, Verg clearly was more articulate about this topic. For clarity, here’s what she said:
Feminism is striving for equality and I do consider myself a feminist. I think it’s a misconception when people believe that feminism is women being better than men. But it’s really not. It’s a fight for equality. And we need to realize that if we want a stable society, a better future for every single individual, we need to be equal. And that’s why I advocate for education for women. Women are still held back in places in the world. They still don’t have that right to their independence, that right to their equality — all because of education. And, once we do take that step, I believe that an equal world will be a better world.
Perfectly said, right? People on social media certainly thought so.
If anyone asks me who won #missusa I'm going to say #MissNewJersey because she slayed her feminism answer & only one to answer entire ? pic.twitter.com/KrIUjTYtI5
— Dawn Catherine (@DAWNCATHERINE) May 15, 2017
Wait, #missnewjersey is a fellow brown girl?? Makes sense. Those answers were flawless & she answered appropriately! She betta win! #missusa
— paper canyon (@paper_canyon) May 15, 2017
The next question was on healthcare.
They were asked whether healthcare is a “privilege” instead of a “right” in this country. McCullough, who works as a scientist in the U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission, said:
Again, for clarity, she said: “I’m definitely going to say it’s a privilege. As a government employee, I’m granted health care. And I see firsthand that for one, to have health care, you need to have jobs, so therefore we need to continue to cultivate this environment so that we’re given the opportunities to have health care as well as jobs for all Americans worldwide.”
WHAT? While everyone is entitled to their opinion, McCullough is basically saying that if you don’t have a job then you should have healthcare. Wow!
The Internet was pretty shocked too.
So this moment hit hard:
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