By Erica Tempesta For Dailymail. During the pageant, Caitlin Upton, who was representing her home state of South Carolina, was asked why she believed a fifth of Americans couldn't point out the United States on a map — and replied with a bizarre, and rambling response during which she suggested that many people might not have maps, before comparing the education system in the US to that in South Africa and Iraq, a moment which the nowyear-old told New York Magazinecontinues to haunt her to this day. I had some very dark moments where I thought about committing suicide.
InUpton gained international notoriety after giving a highly convoluted and incoherent response to a question asked during the pageant contest. The broadcast event matched NBC's highest rating in this time period in three months and the highest placement for the one month period, according to Nielsen Media Research. With such high level of media exposure, online reaction to Upton's gaffe came almost immediately through the social networking site Facebook.
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Beauty pageant contestants try their best to be cool and poised all throughout the competition. But watch them falter as the question and answer portion comes…. Many contestants are feeling tremendous pressure to come up with the right answers… which, of course, turn awkward and unintelligible.
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. But I never let anybody see that stuff, except for people I could trust," she revealed to New York Magazine.
Miss South Carolina K. Lee Graham wowed the judges with her beauty, charisma and intelligence at Saturday night's annual beauty pageant. This is literally a dream come true," Graham said seconds after earning the coveted sash.
Upton, thenyear-old Miss Teen South Carolinamade herself an instant YouTube sensation when she answered, or rather, failed to answer, an albeit tricky question from actress Aimee Teegarden. When asked, "Recent polls have shown a fifth of Americans can't locate the U. Why do you think this is?
We personally believe that it's been ten years since Miss Teen South Carolina gave the long-winded, rambling and incredibly confusing answer that took America by head-shaking storm. She may not have won the competition but without a doubt, she won herself a place in U. America's Hall of Shame history.