Miss USA Contestants Asked about Evolution

This video deserves your close attention. It’s about 15 minutes in total length.

With one outstanding exception, they’re all idiots, babbling nonsense about teaching “both sides.” Only Alyssa Campanella. Miss California, appearing just before two minutes into this video, is an uncompromising evolution and science advocate.

Hey, guess what — she won! Yes, dear reader, Miss USA is on the sane side. There may be hope after all.

Well, maybe Miss Wisconsin was okay too — she’s about 14 minutes into the video, right near the end. And possibly Miss Massachusetts, but we don’t remember at what point she appears. We’ll have to view this again. And again.

Update: See Miss USA Contest: The Creationist Viewpoint.

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24 responses to “Miss USA Contestants Asked about Evolution

  1. Miss Connecticut said flat-out “evolution” and she also appeared to have a look on her face of “that’s a dumb question” as in “Evolution should be taught. Anything else is idiotic”. Frankly, thought her answer was better than Miss California’s.

  2. Gary says:

    Miss Connecticut said flat-out “evolution”

    Must … study … further. Must analyze … analyze!

  3. Miss Alaska believes that evolution should be taught because it’s part of our historical belief system?! Wow. And she doesn’t believe in it, meaning that she believes we should teach non-truth in the science classroom just because it’s a historical belief.

    What a great way to determine what’s taught in science classrooms.

  4. Many of them things like “I think everything should be taught in schools,” or “I think that everyone should be able to have their opinions taught in schools.” Does that mean we should teach the creation stories of Islam, Christianity, Native American religions, Hinduism, etc. in the science classroom?

  5. All of these women, even Miss California need to learn that evolution is NOT A BELIEF SYSTEM!* I think all of their answers were put in some sort of religious context.

    All of them should have been exposed to a lesson about just what science really is (not to mention that the study of evolution is a science).
    This tape really shows how poorly the public understands evolution.

    I am quite embarrassed by Miss North Carolina, “You can’t push opinions or beliefs on children, so they need to know every side that’s out there.” Ugh!

    *Pardon the rant.

  6. Lynn Wilhelm says: “All of them should have been exposed”

    Can’t argue with that.

  7. :-P
    You go ahead and drool and leer while I work to improve the education of our country’s citizens.
    (Some of those women did seem to have very large breasts and all seemed to have nice hair. Completely natural, I’m sure!)

  8. Lynn Wilhelm says: “Some of those women did seem to have very large breasts ”

    Really? I was concentrating on their statements so I didn’t notice. I’ll have to watch it again when I find the time.

  9. My usual rant:

    The ~0.1% of us who are literate on the science and understand the antics of the ~0.1% that are career anti-science activists obsess over the activists and the ~25% (almost all hard-line fundamentalists) of that would not admit evolution under any circumstances. In the process we forget that the other ~75% are like thse contestants. They go by the sound bites. While we mostly win (so far) in the courts, we are losing the sound bite war. As the Curmudgeon would say, we’re bringing slide rules to a knife fight.

  10. That’s what we need, sound bites. I’ll start:
    Evolution, it’s so much more than your parent’s science!
    Evolution, accept it!
    Love science, love evolution.

    BTW, that emoticon was supposed to stick out its tongue!

  11. Miss California had me the moment she said “Big Bang!”

  12. My favorite sound bite is “What part of ‘convergence, neither sought nor fabricated’ do you not understand?” It refers to a phrase used by Pope John Paul II to describe the evidence for evolution. Intentionally or not ojn his part, it is a devastating dig at anti-evolution activists, who do nothing but seek and fabricate “evidences,” and even with that cheating, can’t come up with anything remotely resembling convergence on a consistent narrative, let alone one that is independently verifiable.

  13. Bob Carroll

    Having watched this now 3 or 4 times ( for scientific reasons, of course,) a number of themes appear to predominate. The kids are listening to the answers as we hear them. So some credit should be given when an answer differs strongly from the previous ones.
    With a few exceptions, the answers are presented as if evolution were an opinion or option. The word ‘science” is used rarely. Teaching “both” sides is a popular reply– this is a specificallly religious idea, common among YEC communities. Teaching “all” philosophies or whtever- is more common, but the enormity of such a task is not considered.
    The question doesn’t distinguish public from private education, but most of the replies are directed to PS schooling.
    The perils of being first: it’s pretty clear that Miss Alabama was thinking of public schools when she gave her definite negative reply. Unless she wants all private schools to be forbidden to teach evoluton as well. That may indeed be the case if she is a theocrat… difficult to tell.
    Kudos to those who stated that “it happens.”
    The most specific statement from Ms. Minnesota was encouraging. It’s nice to know that Catholic schools continue to get it right- from a theistic evo point of view, of course.
    And the following statement from Ms. North Carolina, that as a christian, she follows the biblical view, sees to imply that she, along with a great number of evangelicals, does not consider Catholics to be christians.

  14. It’s much better with the sound off.

  15. I couldn’t bear the thought of actually watching this. Was the question about teaching creationism in school or teaching it in the science classroom? I’d give different answers for those choices.

    The Mencken in me would respond, “Yes, following the presentation of evolution and the scientific evidence that supports it, Creationism should absolutely be presented in the science class along with all the scientific evidence that supports it. After 30 seconds of silence, the students will get the point and laugh at the foolishness.”

  16. I haven’t watched it, but building off of Bob Carroll’s comment – if the contestants are hearing the previous contestants answer, then I wouldn’t reach much into 90% of the answers. A lot of the contestant’s internal dialogues probably went “oh crap, I have no idea what this question is about…hey, that sounded like a good answer, I’ll just say that.”
    And this is not intended as an attack on their intelligence. I’m sure there are many smart young people out there who know next to nothing about evolution. And while that’s a sad fact, it’s a sad fact that has nothing to do with one’s sex or looks.

  17. eric says: “I haven’t watched it”

    Not everyone is interested in such things, but all are welcome at the Curmudgeon’s blog.

  18. New Mexico was the only one who said evolution is science and thus it should be taught. She did not mention religions nor balance. Just said what should be said.

  19. New mexico is at 9:45

  20. Vermont wasn’t too bad. (13:00)

    (sorry for so many posts, just did not see the whole thing the first time)

  21. gabo says: “sorry for so many posts”

    No problem. Please continue your studies.

  22. …I’m sure there are many smart young people out there who know next to nothing about evolution. And while that’s a sad fact, it’s a sad fact that has nothing to do with one’s sex or looks.

    You haven’t spent much time talking to models – have you, Eric?

    I.Q. has never been much of a factor in these contests, so why would the producers even ask this question? Unless to get it on YouTube and invite snarky comments. No one goes to the International Conference on Computational Science to see the swimsuit competition, do they? (That would be even funnier, come to think of it.)

    …all seemed to have nice hair. Completely natural, I’m sure…

    There’s only one way to find out. I’m available to judge that event, by the way, in case any event organizers read this blog…

  23. Jon Hendry

    Most of the answers are simply trying to come up with an answer that won’t alienate anyone. Thus all the “teach everything” answers. The underlying question is irrelevant, they just know it’s a potentially controversial subject, and taking a strong position may sink their chances in the pageant.

    I was pleased to see Miss Connecticut’s straightforward answer.

  24. Jon Hendry

    “Some of those women did seem to have very large breasts”

    It’s my understanding that this does happen naturally, sometimes. There seemed to be a range of sizes.

    “and all seemed to have nice hair. Completely natural, I’m sure!”

    Well, they’ve probably been cultivating “pageant hair” for a number of years and through several levels of pageants, plus they’ve been styled for the pageant itself. It’s not like they get drafted for this off the street, then thrown in front of the camera immediately after a hard day in the fields picking strawberries.