The Parade of Ignorance

What better way to celebrate the majesty of the uber-exploitive parade of vapidity that is the Miss American Pagent than to feature a video with contestants telling people about their “thoughts” on evolution. Most of these airheads tow the “teach the controversy” line, as though “students” deciding between fantasy bullshit and rigorous science isn’t a total waste of time.

Thankfully, a few actually believe, but the general feeling I get is that even those that do probably have no idea why it’s true. So which one of these geniuses does the best job of embarrassing the rest of humanity?

Comments (24)

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    Apollo

    wow….

    The same ole misinformation drilled into young minds to the point where they don’t even understand church/state separation or what the word Theory means when applied in a scientific conext..

    “Both” sides of the story? You mean christian bible and evoloution don’t you? Surely you mean all sides of the story? If you want “all” the opinions taught, teach them all. From native american to aboriginal to Greek/Roman to various flavours of “pagan”.

    On a side note: is this year’s pageant sponsored by Mattel? So much plasticy fakeness, bleurgh.

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    Harkanin

    new jersey
    new mexico
    and possibley
    washington

    those were the three i noticed that didn’t make a point of teaching both sides.

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    Rasmus

    At first I thought Washington’s answer was the best, but now that I watched it again I think I might’ve misunderstood what she meant…

    Also, funny how many say that “EVERYTHING should be taught”. Doesn’t seem like a well thought out position.

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    I evolved from an ape, whats your excuse?

    I think this proves that the beauty queens should never be asked about political, religious, or any social issues what so ever.

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    Brittany

    I was actually really surprised how many people were for teaching evolution. I understand it’s frustrating that they want religion taught as well but, hey, it’s a baby step in the right direction. If evolution is taught correctly and presented against by the religions which we all see no merit in, those kids are going to realize which is emotionally and mythically based and which viewpoint is more accurate.

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    Harkanin

    yeah washington’s was good til you get to the end and your like uh does she mean creation is the theory and evolution the fact or what.

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    ProjectFlyingLion

    One of those girls is eg.Incontrol’s (a pro gamer) girlfriend, haha saw this on r/starcraft. *nerds out*

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    Sterling Knight

    Oh Miss Washington, why are you so awesome? If anybody else noticed, the majority of contestants who actually supported evolution without saying the ‘both sides should be taught’ are either on the West Coast or Northern East Coast; while the majority who said that evolution is still just a theory center around a large south easternly bubble.

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    HB

    The primary issue with these people isn’t whether they support the teaching of evolution in public education or not. The primary issue is the reasoning itself. Very few of these people were ‘prepared’ for a question such as this, and almost no one had any noticeably coherent response. The responses were vacuous and vague.

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    joe dixon

    This reminds me, have you ever done a show about the difference between atheism and skepticism since you’re clearly both an atheist and skeptic? I don’t know about your experience but I’m running across people who call themselves atheist but at the same time believe in ghosts or pseudscience. If you haven’t covered this, it might make for an interesting episode/discussion.

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    In Utah

    None of these girls even believe what they are saying. If they really did, they would take time to go and study what every religion has to offer, Buddhism, Hinduism, Islam and so on.

    The only thing they know is Christianity. They live in a bubble. When they say “everything”, or “all sides” they really just mean Jesus crap.

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    evolution_revolution

    Wooooooooowwwww! Seriously, soooo depressing! I’m a soil/plant scientist and I’m always amazed at how little many Americans know about science and how science works. I have to think that, on some level, the science community has failed to be proactive enough to get the message out there that science is not a belief system the way a religion is. I can’t help but feel that we need to do better. Seriously……so, so, so sad.

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    Brian Koch

    None of the contestants ever mentioned there aren’t any competing theories to evolution. Sure there are fairy tales called religions, but who would ever take them seriously (I mean really…)?

    Tammy Kitzmiller, et al. v. Dover Area School District, et al. (400 F. Supp. 2d 707, Docket no. 4cv2688)

    This issue has already been settled. Good thing none of them are (aspiring) teachers.

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    Sebastian Giambrone

    Why the fuck were they even asking the question? There is no NO answer. That’s like saying should we teach history or mathematics. It is undeniable fact.

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    Nathan

    It’s really tough to pick a favorite response. I doubt any of them really understands evolution. Vermont, California, and Connecticut weren’t as bad as the others. Vermont and California seemed to actually accept evolution, even though Vermont almost seemed apologetic about it. Connecticut basically just said yes, but I’m giving her credit for not mentioning religion.

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    Bob

    Ms Massachusetts has a BS in Biology/Chemistry and works at Genzyme, so she probably had a very solid understanding of evolution. It is too bad it didn’t show in her answer.

    I think Ms.Vermont and Ms. New Mexico did the best job at answering the question because they actually said that evolution WAS science. Ms.Vermont also gave an example of evolution. She shouldn’t have mentioned religion, but I think what she was driving at was that it is pointless to let religion determine what gets taught in school because not everyone has the same religion. I could just be imposing my thoughts on her answer though.

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    JPaper

    I know it’s frustrating, but these women are trained to answer with what they think the judges want to hear rather than their own thought-out opinions.

    This doesn’t excuse their answers, but I think it goes some way to explaining them.

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    aniwo gearlds

    miss Indiana really embarrassed my state lol

  • avatar

    Ira Allen

    “[G]eniuses”, in the above article, should be spelled ‘genii’, as the term is dealing with multiple individuals who are considered as persons with exceptional intellectual talents.

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    Sebastian Giambrone

    I don’t wanna get involved in grammar BS when there are more important matters at hand, but ‘geniuses’ is perfectly grammatically acceptable. I’m sure a contribution would be better than an incorrect criticism. :)

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    Maciej Glinianowicz

    Ms Georgia: “biblical stuff should also be taught”… yeah right

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    goathedxxx

    Oh your god! This makes my blood boil! First of all, I believe SOMETHING should actually be TAUGHT in schools! These broads don’t know shit (I know that sentence is not proper grammar but it’s the only way to convey my feelings toward these knuckleheads).
    Second, I see that clearly my country’s schools need better regulating. These people need to be taught the definition of the word “taught.” Students do not get to DECIDE what’s fact; they are just simply informed of what we know. I believe that students should learn the difference between science & philosophy. Evolution is NOT a philosophy nor is it a religious belief. I think students should be taught the difference between a scientific theory & a hypothesis & the laymen’s use of the word “theory”;they also need to distinguish between abiogenesis & evolution; that they are NOT the same things. I think that students should have to take a class on world religions so they can tell the difference between religion & philosophy & culture; that these things are not one in the same. They need to know that Christianity is not “the other side of the story” but that it is more like Greek mythology.
    One chick said the “biblical side.” Which bible? This is a prototypical reason for separation between church and state because if you were to teach “both sides” then you would have to define god. Whose god did this creating? Was it the Jewish guy? Jesus? Allah? That is where all their problems would come to a head if “both sides” were taught according to their completely fucked “understanding” of what evolution is.
    Lastly, I don’t think but I KNOW that a class on critical thinking is desperately needing to be taught in our public schools. People NEED to understand how to “understand”. They need to develop skills to be able to recognize why people say what they say and what influences those words.
    I’d like to see us celebrating brains instead of breasts. Look, I love tits just as much (if not more than) the next guy but I’m also attracted to someone who can actually speak. It seems as if the Miss USA contest is a little unbalanced. I fear our intelligence as a society is going the way of the buffalo and I don’t want to see the movie “Idiocracy” come to fruition.

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    Palo R

    Oh wow, no idea that creationism was “credible” “theory”…. Can someone please teach these girls what a theory means in science?!!

    evolution is real.

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    Tufan

    They are not as stupid as you think they are. They simply want to win. They are clever and pragmatic enough to know that the American society is overwhelmingly pro-creationism and they do not want to lose their chances by making the jury furious. Bright kids!

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