25-year-old scientist Kara McCullough was crowned Miss USA on Sunday.
McCullough, from the District of Columbia, works for the US Nuclear Regulatory Commission. After being crowned, some comments she made caused a ton of controversy on social media.
When interviewed on Sunday at the competition, McCullough made conservative comments regarding feminism that have many people upset.
When McCullough was asked whether she considers herself a feminist, she responded, “As a woman scientist in the government, I’d like to transpose the word feminism to equalism. I try not to consider myself this diehard, like, I don’t really care about men. I don’t want to call myself a feminist. Women, we are just as equal as men, especially in the workplace.”
— Makho Ndlovu (@makhondlovu) May 15, 2017
When a Miss USA contestant says she believes in "equalism" not feminism pic.twitter.com/3SeBR3rSIq
— Kyrsten Stoll (@knstoll) May 15, 2017
How you going to be Miss USA and not know the definition of feminism?
— Briana (@gibbsbellis) May 15, 2017
She then went on to make some comments about healthcare, stating that it was a privilege rather than a right.
After the competition, McCullough commented, “I believe we’ve come a long way and there is more work to be done. I think domestically we are making progress and I do believe that we will become equal one day.”
I was happy that they crowned another black woman Miss USA… until I heard her thoughts on feminism and healthcare pic.twitter.com/TXQ31rijcj
— 💫 (@2Naes_) May 15, 2017
when the winner of Miss USA says she doesn't believe in feminism and that health care is a privilege (not a human right) pic.twitter.com/MTfDbeGz0H
— KG (@KayyGoode) May 15, 2017
She went on to explain that she wants to use her position to inspire children, especially girls, who are interested in the fields of science, engineering, technology, and mathematics.
“I love science,” she said. “I look at this as a great opportunity to … get to experience worldwide culture, as well as just having the opportunity to be impacted by so many children, hopefully in the math and sciences.”
She will go on to compete in the Miss Universe contest.
#MissUSA started trending on Twitter Sunday night. Many social media users criticized her, while others came to her defense. What do you think of Kara McCullough’s comments? Did she deserve the social media storm?