By Ryan Velez
Sunday marked the second consecutive year that an African-American woman was crowned Miss USA, but rather than celebrating, many are upset at comments that this year’s winner made during the competition, reports EURWeb. On the surface, this year’s winner, Kára McCullough, 25, from the District of Columbia, seems like a great candidate for the honor. The nuclear scientist employed at the United States Nuclear Regulatory Commission beat out first runner-up Miss New Jersey Chhavi Verg and second runner-up Miss Minnesota, Meridith Gould, and gave D.C. back-to-back wins during the competition. Deshauna Barber, a former Army Reserve officer and IT analyst for the U.S. Commerce Department was last year’s winner. Barber has since announced plans to become a motivational speaker.
However, the first set of complaints fired across social media during the questions portion of the competition. When asked whether affordable healthcare should be a right or a privilege, McCollough responded: “I definitely want 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 jobs. So 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.” This is a common conservative viewpoint, and unsurprisingly, social media reaction pretty much fell among political lines.
Equally controversial was McCullough’s response when asked, “What do you consider feminism to be, and do you consider yourself a feminist?”
“So as a woman scientist in the government, I’d like to lately transpose the word feminism to equalism,” McCullough answered. “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’m gonna say, though, is 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 just in the office environment,” she added. “So as Miss USA, I would hope to promote that type of leadership responsibility globally to so many women worldwide.”