Monday, May 15, 2017

Miss USA says health care is a ‘privilege,’ not a right, sparking debate during pageant

The Washington Post reports:
The question-and-answer session during beauty pageants is often a fraught situation. Contestants are given only about 30 seconds on live television to answer questions about how to stop terrorism or whether America has an immigration problem. In other words, it’s a segment primed to go viral (see: Miss Teen South Carolina’s infamous response in 2007), as any good TV producer would hope.

As a result, it’s rare to see anyone answer a question directly. Contestants often spout off media-trained, middle-of-the-road answers that ensure no one will be offended. So it was very unusual on Sunday night when the new Miss USA — Miss D.C. Kára McCullough, marking the second year in a row that District of Columbia won the pageant — gave a very direct answer about health care, which in turn sparked a debate on social media.
Some people respect the 13th Amendment to the U.S. Constitution.