Miss Universe fans have reacted with fury after pageant content Mary Esther Were, Miss Kenya, was quizzed on Donald Trump’s presidency and responded with an awkward and inadvertently inflammatory response that wrecked her chances of victory.
Quizzed by Miss Universe host Steve Harvey about her views on The Donald’s time in office thus far Were, as Miss Kenya, offered up a bizarre and, at times confusing, response which may have been down to the fact she was from Kenya and probably didn’t know a whole lot about goings on in the US.
Things had been going pretty swimmingly for Were until Harvey set his sights on her in the fabled Questions and Answers section of the pageant, which effectively derailed her chances on victory.
Traditionally something of a minefield for contestants on the show, Harvey held no punches with his line of questioning – even if it had little relevance to Kenya. Mind you, the entire Universe is under threat from Trump.
“Arguably no US president has had a more active 10 days in office. What are you most excited about and what concerns you when it comes to the Presidency of Donald Trump?” he asked.
Miss Kenya was evidently caught off guard with the line of questioning, as her rambling and, at times, incoherent response suggested.
“Politics … ahh OK let me just start again. Donald Trump, having been elected as the President of the United States, may not have been the choice of many people living in the United States because of the divided support system for the outgoing President Barack Obama, who has supporting an upcoming woman President … who was supposed to be a woman President Hillary Clinton,” she said.
But Miss Kenya saved her most contentious line for last, finishing off her answer with the simple yet absurd off-hand comment that probably sounded better in her head:
“So, so many people oppose his position. But I feel that once [Trump] took up his position, he was able to unify the entire nation.”
Fans came out in support for Miss Kenya though, taking to Twitter to condemn the organisers for grilling Were on something so contentious and wholly irrelevant to Kenya:
I'm so mad at the #MissUniverse competition for asking Miss Kenya about Trump. USA is not her country. That's not fair.
— amaya (@amayamarillo) January 30, 2017
Did they just ask Miss Kenya what is she excited about Donald's Trump Presidency?! You're kidding me??? #MissUniverse
— Emily Chen (@emii_23) January 30, 2017
#MissUniverse That was a BS question presented to Miss Kenya!!! This is a world competition. Why is everything about Trump?
— BlackElephantCnslnts (@BlkElephantLLC) January 30, 2017
#MissUniverse why did they have to ask Miss Kenya about Trump… i feel bad for her. She could have won if she was asked a better question
— Peachy Jaehyun (@peachydimples_) January 30, 2017
Were ended up finishing a respectable 6th, but it could have been even better were it not for the Trump question.
Of course, this isn’t the first time a beauty pageant contestant has been caught out with a tough line of questioning.
Back in 2007 during the Miss USA pageant, Miss Utah gave a candidate for the worst answer of all time when questioned on the topic of inequality in the workplace.
So don’t worry too much Miss Kenya, because this sort of nonsense happens all the time.
Just ask host Steve Harvey – he knows only too well that things can sometimes go a little off script at times.
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