S.C.Beauty Contestant Steals Poore’s Sermon Notes.

from NBC’s “Friday Night Lights,” who asked her this question: “Recent polls have shown a fifth of Americans can’t locate the United States on a world map. Why do you think this is?”

Miss Teen South Carolina Lauren Caitlin Upton fumbles through an answer during Friday’s Miss Teen USA Pageant on NBC

The South Carolina beauty gave this strange, grammarless response:

I personally believe that U.S. Americans are unable to do so because, uh, some people out there in our nation don’t have maps, and, uh, I believe that our education like such as in South Africa and, uh, the Iraq everywhere like, such as and I believe that they should, our education over here in the U.S. should help the U.S., er, should help South Africa and should help the Iraq and the Asian countries, so we will be able to build up our future for our children.

Lopez told People Magazine he wanted to help Upton, but was instructed not to talk to the contestants while they were answering questions.

“It was a very intense moment. It’s live TV. You don’t know what the question is until you get up there. And I believe that she misunderstood it. She went down the wrong road and couldn’t figure out how to get back to the right one,” he said. “I felt really badly for her.”

In the wake of WND’s coverage of Upton, “Tonight Show” host Jay Leno played the video clip during his program this evening, and joked, “People in South Carolina [are] filing out now.”

Andrew Levy, the ombudsman for the Fox News Channel’s overnight show “Red Eye” sarcastically noted, “Whitney Houston says she no longer believes the children are our future.”

Upton has been represented by Greensboro, N.C.-based Locke Management, a professional modeling agency, where she has numerous glamour shots of herself posted online.

According to her profile, the 5-foot-9 model “enjoys all sports but loves soccer, jet skiing, the beach, hiking in the mountains and country music.”

WND readers have flooded the site with comments about Upton.

Pete Garbacki said “the only intelligent thing she did was to specify ‘U.S. Americans.’ Canadians and Mexicans are also ‘Americans’ technically. We are of the United States. That is actually an intelligent thing that many of your readers are too dense to understand.”

In a Q&A session with the State before Friday’s pageant, Upton was asked: “What is the first thing you will do when you get home?”

“Eat me some hamburgers,” she responded. “I haven’t eaten hamburgers, French fries or hot dogs in three years, and I just want to see what it tastes like.”

Upton will get another chance at answering questions in the morning as she’s slated to appear on NBC’s “Today Show.”

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One Comment on “S.C.Beauty Contestant Steals Poore’s Sermon Notes.”

  1. coffee Says:

    Miss Teen South Carolina answered that question badly, but she’s still got her looks to fall back on…

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