- Posted August 28, 2013 by
Tagbilaran City, Philippines
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Latest beauty pageant gaffe in America goes viral
The Miss Philippines-USA 2013 was held on August 18, 2013 at the La Mirada Theatre and Performing Arts in Los Angeles, California.
During the pageant night, candidate Number 13 Joanlia Lising was asked by a presenter which of the “five senses” (vision, hearing, taste, smell, touch) she would pick if she could only choose one.
Joanlia Lising's nervous answer was: 'Thank you for that wonderful question."If I have to pick out of the five senses, I would pick seeing, because seeing is the best sense that we can ever see, because seeing is believing, and believing into what you see is perfect... and... um... out of all those senses... seeing... would really be wonderful... thank you... that will be it.”
Everyone was confused.
I have contacted my friend Mikey Gatal who uploaded the video to ask his side if what is his feeling right now that his video went viral.
He is totally blank.
Mikey Gatal said, “First of all, thanks for your great understanding, about the pageant thing, I really felt so bad about the whole situation, I did not mean to hurt Joanlia Lising, I just did my part to blog all candidates Q and A, didn't expect this will become a big issue and it went viral!”
In my opinion, Lising was probably overly nervous.
Remember, it is not easy to be onstage. Ask any candidate and she would agree.
The interview portion is always the most dreaded segment in a beauty pageant. It is in this segment that we love to hear how smart and eloquent the candidates are. Most of the time, in beauty contest you can't easily find a perfect mix-up of beauty and brains.
In my coverage on beauty pageants, personal questions and sometimes intimate details about the life of the candidates gets difficult answer. But there are those national issues and simple questions that can get a hard time for the candidate to think of an answer.
Beauty pageant gaffe not only happens in local pageants but even in prestigious pageants like Miss USA and Miss Teen USA that candidates give fluffed or terrible answers.
Remember Miss Teen USA contestant Lauren Caitlin Upton, who in 2007 eloquently reminded the nation why some Americans can’t locate their own country on a map? That was worst answer.
Miss Utah, Marissa Powell had also her own gaffe. She was asked a question about a report which found that although women are the primary earners in 40 per cent of American families with children, they continue to earn less than men.
"What does this say about society?" the judge asked.
"I think we can relate this back to education," Powell began, beaming. "And how we are continuing to try to strive to figure out how to create jobs right now. hat is the biggest problem. And I think, especially the men are ... seen as the leaders of this and so we need to see how to … create education better. So that we can solve this problem. Thank you."
And how about Miss California 2009 Carrie Prejean whose answer created a commotion.
When asked about legalizing same sex marriage in America, she hailed the United States as a land of choice. "It's great that you can choose same-sex marriage or opposite marriage."
The concept of beauty has evolved from mere physical attributes. Even if it is a beauty contests, intelligence and wit have become part of the package. Winners become ambassadors of goodwill and spokespersons in charitable organizations. To become one means being able to express herself clearly and sensibly.
For me in order to stop the blunder, ladies should be comfortable on stage and enjoy the event. In the Q&A portion, they should speak from the heart and express what they truly feel about a subject or issue. Speak to express not to impress!