People Are Pissed About the Question Miss Hawaii Was Asked During the Miss USA Pageant

Not okay.

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While Miss District of Columbia, Deshauna Barber, has officially been crowned the 2016 Miss USA (opens in new tab), pageant fans and casual viewers alike are still stewing over a very inappropriate question asked of runner-up Miss Hawaii during the Q&A round.

Along with her other questions, Miss Hawaii, a.k.a. Chelsea Hardin, was asked by judge Laura Brown, "If the election were held tomorrow, would you vote Hillary Clinton or Donald Trump for president, and why would you choose one over the other?" 

Rather than give a direct answer, Miss Hawaii responded by saying, "It doesn't matter what gender, what we need in the United States is someone who represents those of us who don't feel like we have a voice, those of us who want our voices heard. We need a president to push for what is right, and push for what America really needs."

Even though everyone seemed to agree that Miss Hawaii answered the question as well as she possibly could given the circumstance, many took to Twitter in an outrage, claiming that it was inappropriate to so publicly ask someone to reveal who they're voting for at all.

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In fact, quite a few people believe that the reason Miss Hawaii didn't win the crown was precisely because of the Q&A round, and the fact that she was given such an unfair question.

In particular, a lot of people criticized Laura Brown for posing it in the first place, arguing that even if she hadn't written the question herself, she should have rejected it immediately.

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However, the judge has since responded on Twitter, clarifying that she did not come up with the question, but simply asked Miss Hawaii what she had been given.

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