Last night the newest Miss USA was crowned. Her name is Kara McCullough, she’s 25 years old, and she represented the District of Columbia. While congratulations are certainly in order for McCullough, there were a few parts of her performance last night that had us less than enthusiastic about her opinions on American society.
At one point, McCullough was asked by Julianne Hough whether she believes affordable health care is a privilege or a right. She was quick to give her answer, insisting that it’s the former and not the latter.
“As a government employee, I’m granted health care,” she continued. “And I see firsthand that for one to have health care, you need to have jobs, so therefore we need to continue to cultivate this environment that we’re given the opportunities to have health care as well as jobs to all the American citizens worldwide.”
Considering the current political climate, in which the newly passed American Health Care Act doesn’t offer enough protection for women, LGBTQ individuals, people of color, etc., this kind of answer certainly hits home for many people who feel like they and their health are being ignored
There are a few flaws in McCullough’s answer about health care being a privilege.
First of all, while it would be great to create more jobs for Americans everywhere, a person’s health care shouldn’t be contingent on that, especially if you have preexisting health conditions. Also, not everyone is given the same opportunities to the same kinds of jobs, so even if more government jobs were created, for example, that certainly doesn’t mean more people will find the kind of work that will provide them affordable health care.
That wasn’t the only time McCullough’s answers ruffled some feathers. When prompted to talk about her view on feminism, she said she preferred to support “equalism.”
It seems like Miss USA 2017 considers feminism to go hand in hand with man-hating, which shows us that she completely misses the point. Hopefully in the next year of her reign, she’ll be able to learn a little more about how our society truly functions.