Kara McCullough was crowned Miss USA on Sunday, and she's already in trouble on Monday. McCullough isn't stupid. In fact, she works as a physical scientist at the United States Nuclear Regulatory Commission. That takes brains. Unfortunately, she was so psyched to mention her dope job during the interview portion of the night's event that she seemingly didn't pay attention to any of the other words coming out of her mouth.
After being asked if "affordable health care for all US citizens is a right or a privilege," McCullough spouted some baloney that seems to indicate that unless you have a full-time job with excellent benefits, you can die in a ditch.
"I'm definitely going to say it's a privilege," she responded. "As a government employee, I am granted health care and I see first-hand that for one to have health care, you have to have jobs."
"So therefore, we need to continue to cultivate this environment that we're given the opportunity to have health care as well as jobs to all American citizens worldwide," she added.
Sure! People do need jobs, but unfortunately, full time jobs that provide affordable healthcare are out of reach more many, many Americans, and an alternative system that supports people in being healthy and strong would also be good for the USA, Miss USA. Considering the road that Republicans are currently taking us down, soon even fewer people will be able to get the care they need.
Later on, McCullough again brought up her job while renouncing the term "feminism" for "equalism."
"As a woman scientist in the government, I've liked to lately transpose the word feminism to equalism,"she explained. "I don't really want to consider myself, like, this die-hard, you know, 'I don't really care about men.' But the one thing I'm going to say is though — women, we are just equal as men when it comes to opportunity in the workplace."
So, I guess in McCullough's mind, feminism means believing exactly what she professes to believe—in equality for the sexes—plus a healthy dose of man-hating. What are they teaching in science these days? Obviously, the Internet is not here for any of this:
Unfortunately, no matter how angry you get, McCullough is still the person who brought home a crown last night. And she probably has great healthcare.