Newly-crowned Miss USA Kara McCullough represented the District of Columbia.
Kara McCullough, a scientist at the US Nuclear Regulatory Commission, was asked in the interview question whether healthcare is a right or a privilege. She responded, “I’m definitely going to say it’s a privilege.” She went on to link healthcare opportunities with employment opportunities.
“As a government employee, I’m granted healthcare and I see first hand that for one to have healthcare, you need to have jobs. We need to continue to cultivate this environment that we’re given the opportunity to have healthcare as well as jobs to all American citizens worldwide.”
Due to the recent events surrounding Republicans’ efforts to repeal Obamacare, the answer sparked arguments on social media. Miss USA Kara McCullough has since faced backlash on Twitter for her response.
Many people seemed shocked that McCullough answered with a conservative viewpoint. I may not agree with McCullough’s answer, but I’m impressed by any of the contestants that can articulate a response without sounding idiotic. The interview portion of the Miss USA Pageant can be extremely difficult. Contestants are put on the spot and only have seconds to respond to questions that are often too complicated to properly answer in that setting. If you want to see a video of McCullough’s response, visit this link.
In reaction to the controversial answer, one HLN reporter mocked the Miss USA winner. In the video, the correspondent says in a sarcastic tone: “You know the new Miss USA is a nuclear scientist. I kid you not.” Rather than respectfully debating McCullough’s answer, some gut-reactions are to perpetuate the age-old stereotype that pageant contestants can’t be scientists.
Even if you disagree with McCullough on healthcare, give her a break. She’s a nuclear scientist and the newly-crowned Miss USA. You can’t expect her to be an expert on healthcare, too.