What do you think of her comments?
But not everyone was stoked about Kára’s win. She took a lot of heat on social media after she called affordable health care in the U.S. a “privilege” and not a right. “As a government employee, I’m granted health care and I see firsthand that for one to have health care, you need to have jobs,” she said during the Q&A round. That didn’t go over too well on Twitter:
— Courtney Blakely (@Court_Blakely)May 15, 2017
So unemployed people don’t deserve healthcare? Yikes DC #MissUSA
Gail @oneshot_wonderD.C. girl I was rooting for you but that answer on healthcare was bad #MissUSA
She also came under fire after she said doesn’t like the term “feminism” and instead prefers the term “equalism.” “I don’t really want to consider myself—try not to consider myself like this die-hard, you know, like, ‘Oh, I don’t really care about men.’ But one thing I’m gonna say, though, is women, we are just as equal as men when it comes to opportunity in the workplace.”
So the woman who won #MissUSA said on the show she thinks healthcare is a privilege and feminism is hating men, so there’s that.
#MissNewJersey Thank you for knowing the true definition of feminism. Thank you for not being ashamed to be one. #MissUSA
However, she’s been vocal about gender inequality in the fields of Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (STEM), posting this to her Instagram account on International Women’s Day:
Of course, Kára still had plenty of supporters out there:
The crown has been passed from an army captain to a scientist. Now that’s what I call feminism. Congratulations D.C. #MissUSA
Deshauna Barber just graced the stage in her final walk with her natural hair. I love this and her #MissUSA
Kara McCullough is a nuclear scientist at USNRC. Black, beautiful & brilliant…just don’t call her a feminist. #MissUSA
Kára will go on to compete in the Miss World competition later this year
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The answer on health care was a no no to me