People sometimes say pageants are outdated and problematic. Normally these critiques focus on sexism, but Miss USA has proven that racial stereotypes are also an issue.
A video of the Miss Universe pageant, which sees beauty queens compete from across the world, gained a lot of attention Instagram this week. It shows the current Miss USA, Sarah Rose Summers, speaking to the camera. She says:
Miss Cambodia is here and doesn’t speak any English, and not a single other person speaks her language. Could you imagine?
She does go on to discuss how confused the contestant must feel, but many users noticed the ignorance of her statement.