"Do you believe that evolution should be taught in public schools?"
It's a simple question with a seemingly obvious answer ("Yes, duh"), but when that query was posed to 50 aspiring beauty queens last week leading up to Sunday's nationally televised pageant, all but one of them sputtered like motorboats with their responses. Literally. And none more so than our own Miss Washington, a fetching yet feckless lass named Angelina Kayyalaynen.
Seattle Weekly's sister paper Miami New Times compiled the Miss USA contestants' answers to the evolution question in a clip that is truly hilarious yet deeply saddening. The only woman who stated outright that evolution had a place in the classrooms of America was Miss California, Alyssa Campanella, the eventual winner. Here's the footage, deftly edited to also include the ladies' attempts to "make a funny noise."
And here's the full clip of Miss Washington. According to her bio, she hails from Vancouver, but her family immigrated from the Ukraine eight years ago. She is fluent in English, Russian and Ukrainian, and is currently studying psychology at WSU's satellite campus in Vancouver. Though she sounds rather intelligent on paper, when asked about teaching evolution in schools she said:
"When it comes to evolution, I think science is great. And when it comes to teaching, I think facts should be stated and we should know the facts as to how the world evolves, because it does. But as far as when it comes to little theories and whatnot, you probably want to stay away from those. I believe in the truth and the truth only, not somebody's imagination or hope or whatnot. So i think facts, not theories, should be taught."