Miss South Carolina embarrasses her state with trailer joke

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South Carolina residents were outraged after the woman who represented them in Sunday’s Miss America pageant suggested that 20 percent of them live in a trailer.

“I’m from the state where 20 percent of our homes are mobile because that’s how we roll,” said Miss South Carolina, Brooke Mosteller, from Mount Pleasant.


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The show began with the traditional parade of states, in which each contestant briefly introduces herself and her state, usually in an attention-grabbing manner, The State first reported.

Miss Kentucky, for example, said: “From the home of fast horses and beautiful women — better not get those two things mixed up — I’m Jenna Day, Miss Kentucky!”

Miss Mosteller failed to make it to the semifinals of the competition, and the Twitterverse was abuzz for reasons why.

“20% of our homes are mobile and this intro is 100% embarrassing,” one user wrote, according to The State.

“So much to be proud of in our beautiful state and Miss South Carolna [sic] chooses mobile homes in her introduction,” another commenter said.

Another: “South Carolina: Where beauty pageant contestants take pride in our state’s pervasive poverty.”

But regardless of whether a beauty contest is the appropriate venue to broach such a statistic, Miss South Carolina wasn’t far off: In 2008, the U.S. Census Bureau recorded 17.9 percent of the state’s residents living in mobile homes, making it No. 1 in the country.

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