A new Miss USA was crowned on Sunday night on FOX, but it wasn’t without some political controversy.
The Miss USA pageant was hosted by Julianne Hough and Terrence J, and Julianne served up the question about affordable health care to Miss DC, who is a scientist at the Nuclear Regulatory Commission:
Julianne: District of Columbia, you’re up. Do you think affordable health care for all U.S. citizens is a right or a privilege and why?
Miss DC: I’m definitely going to say it’s a privilege. As a government employee, I am granted health care, and I see firsthand that for one to have health care, you need to have a job. Therefore, we need to continue to cultivate this environment that we’re given the opportunities to have health care as well as jobs to all the American citizens worldwide.
Then there’s this:
Terrence: What do you consider feminism to be, and do you consider yourself a feminist?
Julianne: Yes, you do. Absolutely you get a microphone. Here you go.
Miss DC: As a woman scientist in the government, I would like to lately transpose the word feminism to equalism. I don’t really want to consider myself — try not to consider myself like this die hard, you know, like, oh, I don’t really care about men, but one thing I want to say, though, women, we are just as equal as men when it comes to opportunity in the workplace.
And I say firsthand I have witnessed the impact that women have in leadership in the medical sciences as well as in the office environment, so as Miss USA, I would hope to promote that kind of leadership responsibility globally to so many women worldwide.
Terrence: Thank you, District of Columbia.