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Miss South Carolina's Second Chance

Miss South Carolina's Second Chance

Miss South Carolina, Lauren Caitlin Upton, tries to explain her nonsensical answer from the Miss Teen USA pageant, which has been viewed more than 2 million times.

Lauren is shown the footage of herself for the first time and explains she was nervous because it was her first time on National TV. She admitted on The Today Show, “I am nervous just sitting here, on national TV again. Everything did come at my once. I was overwhelmed and I made a mistake. Everybody makes mistake. I’m human.

“Right when the question was asked to me, I was in complete shock. I was overwhelmed that I seriously think I only heard one or two words of the actual question itself. I misunderstood and drew a blank.

“Looking back, I am sitting here laughing at myself because I feel like, ‘Is that really me?’ It’s like I’m not in my actual body… Let’s just go back in time and redo everything. [laughs] I am 18 and I believe that I’m a very strong person, very strong character, and my parents raised me very well.”

Today co-anchors Matt Lauer and Ann Curry tell Lauren that she shouldn’t worry as they flub on National TV all the time too. They even give her a second chance to redo answer the original question, which was “Recent polls have shown a fifth of Americans can’t locate the U.S. on a world map. Why do you think this is?”

Lauren‘s much more sensible, rehearsed answer was: “Well, personally, my friends and I, we know exactly where the United States is on our map. I don’t know anyone else who doesn’t. If the statistics are correct, there should be more emphasis in geography in our education, so people will be able to read maps better.”

As for her future? “My goal is to attend Appalachian State University, major in graphic design. Once graduated from there, go to L.A. and go into the International Academy of Design and Technology and major in special effects, learning to design special effects and movies and television.”

DOES MISS SOUTH CAROLINA even own a computer or a map?

Miss South Carolina‘s Second Chance – The Today Show, 8/28
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45 Responses to “Miss South Carolina's Second Chance”

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  1. 1
    Ava Says:


  2. 2
    Two Buck Chuck Says:

    Uh, why is she getting all this press for being a ******? And she was a runner up, right? God, we really are a simple culture if this is entertainment.

  3. 3
    Anita Says:

    Even though it was a complete blunder and that new answer was obviously rehearsed, I will take up for her a bit…I have said really stupid things by accident before and that was without the pressure of being on live TV, in front of millions of people watching…we are only human and everyone makes mistakes…unfortunately for her, that mistake came at a really bad time…people shouldn’t be too hard on her…unless you are free of speech blunders yourself, no one should have any right to jump her case…I say let it go and move on…

  4. 4
    boredtodayboredtomorrow Says:

    she’s an idiot..plain and simple..ok, next.

  5. 5
    [~Famous~] Says:

    why are they letting this tardo explain?!? she didnt win, she’s a loser. now they giving people 15mins for being ******* dumb? lmaoo

  6. 6
    Orchid Says:

    On Fox and Friends they called it an “extreme blonde moment.”

  7. 7
    Tina Marie Says:

    She’s only 18 isn’t she? And wasn’t this only the Teen USA Pageant? This story should not even get the attention it is. So what if she screwed up an answer? I am sure everyone here has done the same. They need to leave the girl alone and move on to real news stories. All the morning shows anymore cover all this fluff on their programs rather than focusing on serious stories. Such a waste!

  8. 8
    Janey Says:

    Blonde and dumb.

  9. 9
    bagel Says:

    lol what is the point of letting her answer it again, now that she’s had the time to rehearse and get the answer from someone smarter than herself?

  10. 10
    angelina Says:

    My mom and I were taking about the question and it just seems obvious that when you look at a world map you dont see it say “US or United States” it say “North America” which people might not be looking for.

  11. 11
    mouche Says:

    I absolutely believe her when she says she was so nervous that she was in “complete shock”. She sounded like she had a kind of “blackout”, and just rambled on. Poor girl! Stage fright can strike the most experienced entertainer sometimes!

  12. 12
    Brabbigan Says:

    She has a fish face.

  13. 13
    Chan Says:

    She gives blondes a baddddddd name.

    She did’t win so why is she gettin attention for f*kcn up!

  14. 14
    greenpeace Says:

    My goal is to attend Appalachian State University, major in graphic design. Once graduated from there, go to L.A. and go into the International Academy of Design and Technology and major in special effects, learning to design special effects and movies and television. whoa,,,,she actually knows ‘graphic design’! now, please ask her to use Macromedia Dreamweaver for a start. Next, she’s gonna explain that “I’m still in the process of learning to use Microsoft Word.

  15. 15
    kat Says:


  16. 16
    Mmmmmm Says:

    She got to where she is by her looks, nothing more. I cannot believe she did not come up with a better answer even after she has plent of time. She will always be a Dikc hire.

  17. 17 Says:

    oh, poor thing.

  18. 18
    Sarah Says:

    I usually hate these type of women, but I do feel sorry for her here. She got a little nervous which turned into an international thing. But yeah, she’s pretty dumb.

  19. 19
    Jekka Says:

    In her defense, I do think that people were a little hard on her. Watching the video of her rambling she was obviously really nervous and wasn’t thinking. So I don’t think it’s fair that people are calling her dumb because she got nervous and blanked.

    However, her answer to the same question after she’s had time to think about it really disappoints me. She didn’t have the depth to think about the question in terms of anything other than surface value. The fact that one fifth of Americans can’t locate their own country on a world map runs a larger issue than just geography.

    Now, I don’t want to start the whole “American’s are dumb” debate again but I do think they seriously lack knowledge in any topic outside the United States. For example, I’m Canadian and I can’t tell you how many times I’ve travelled to the US and they don’t know where Canada is (even though we are their largest trading partner and right next door!) or how many of them ask me what its like to live in an igloo. And oh, how I wish I was making this up. But I mean seriously, come on people! Respect yourselves and your own intelligence enough to take the time to learn about the rest of the world. The world has so much to offer outside of the US and it would really benefit you to learn about it.

    I think that is the issue that should be coming out of the question not just that more American’s should own maps. Shallow response Miss South Carolina on your second time around.

  20. 20
    ME!!! Says:

    she’s just a dumbass. there’s nothing to explain. pagents are their chance to show their “real” (albeit rehearsed) selves. they practice, practice, and then practice some more. there’s no reason for her to be nervious, national tv audience or not. and being on the Today show doesn’t make her nervous? yea right! it’s audience is better than the teen USA pagent could ever dream of. she clearly got people to train her and write her answer. at least she could memorize.

  21. 21
    looloolool Says:

    please this idiot doesnt need more air time, she is an idiot. there are many beauties with brains, let them have airtime.

  22. 22
    the_original_nika Says:

    lmao #6.

    “DOES MISS SOUTH CAROLINA even own a computer or a map?”
    hahaha, jared you crack me up.

  23. 23
    looloolool Says:

    angelina its says united states, you obviously had a map that has the name of continets, not the country names.

  24. 24
    john Says:

    lol she is such a dumb girl, I’ll **** her, and come in her mouth, but will nevr call back. I would be a ashamed to be seen with her in public. she is the type you wanna use, and abuse.hahaha easy target.

  25. 25
    lucy. Says:

    how many guys did she **** to get this far in this competion.????

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