In 2007, the former Miss South Carolina Teen USA became a viral sensation after being asked the following question: “Recent polls have shown a fifth of Americans can’t locate the U.S. on a world map. Why do you think this is?” She responded, “I personally believe that U.S. Americans are unable to do so because, uh, some, uh, people out there in our nation don’t have maps and, uh, I believe that our education like such as in South Africa and, uh, the Iraq, everywhere like such as, and, I believe that they should, our education over here in the U.S. should help the U.S., uh, or, uh, should help South Africa and should help the Iraq and the Asian countries, so we will be able to build up our future. For our children.” Upton later appeared on Today to clarify her answer, explaining that there should be more of an emphasis on geography in education to fix the statistic.
Kára McCullough Wasn’t the First to Raise More Questions With Her Answer: Miss USA’s History of Controversial Q&As – E! Online