New Miss USA Receives Backlash For Problematic Answers On Feminism, Healthcare

The problematic light is shining.

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| May 15 2017,

12:48 am

If you happened to watch the Miss USA pageant, or even if you just got on Twitter, I'm sure you've heard about the new winner of the competition, 25-year-old Kara McCullough. She is a scientist with a degree from South Carolina State University who works for the U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission. Miss District of Columbia has won once again, and even more exciting was the fact that she is black. However, I knew that excitement would be short lived when I heard about her answers.

To be frank, her answers ignited a fire on social media.

It began when during the answer portion of the competition, she was asked whether she thought healthcare is a right or a privilege for Americans.

"I'm definitely going to say it's a privilege," said McCullough. "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 cultivate this environment that we're given the opportunity to have health care as well as jobs to all the American citizens worldwide."

Healthcare has always been a sensitive topic, especially with the Trumpcare bill being recently passed. Many Americans will begin to feel the consequences of healthcare being looked at as a privilege rather than a right. Twitter, of course, had a lot to say about her answer.

"Feminism is striving for equality and I do consider myself a feminist. I think it's a misconception when people believe that feminism is women being better than men. But it's really not. It's a fight for equality. And we need to realize that if we want a stable society, a better future for every single individual, we need to be equal. And that's why I advocate for education for women because women are still held back in places of the world. They still don't have that right to their independence, that right to their equality, all because of education. And once we do take that step, I believe that an equal world will be a better world." 

What do you think? Did Miss District of Columbia not deserve to win because of her answers? Let us know in the comments below.