Yikes: Miss Ohio USA Cites Prostitute in ‘Pretty Woman’ as ‘Positive and Accurate’ Depiction of Women During Miss USA Pageant

Miss Ohio Audrey Bolte competes for 'Miss USA' (Photo: AP)

Beauty contestants aren’t necessarily known for their intellectual prowess, but Miss Ohio’s response Sunday to the question, “Do you think women are depicted in movies and on television in an accurate and positive way?” was so absurd that it’s making national news.

Quite unexpectedly, Miss Ohio Audrey Bolte chose “Pretty Woman,” of all films, as her example of an “accurate and positive” depiction of women.

For those who are unfamiliar, “Pretty Woman” is a romantic comedy from the 1990’s where Julia Roberts plays a glamorous prostitute.

“I think it depends on the movie,” she explained.  “I think there are some movies that depict women in a very positive role, and then some movies that put them in a little bit more of negative role.  But by the end of the movie they show that ‘woman power’ that I know we all have.  Such as movie Pretty Woman.  We had a wonderful, beautiful woman, Julia Roberts, and she was having a rough time.  But, you know what, she came out on top, and she didn’t let anybody stay in her path.” [Sic]

As the crowd paused, presumably somewhat confused, the contestant said “thank you,” and beamed.

Watch Miss Ohio’s bizarre response via TV Replay, below:

Not surprisingly, Miss Ohio Audrey Bolte did not win the title of Miss USA.  The award instead went to Rhode Island cellist Olivia Culpo.

“Saying a hooker is a positive depiction of women on screen? Ouch,” one entertainment site summarizes.  “Probably not what the judges were looking for.”

But is it worse than Miss South Carolina’s answer in 2007, when the beautiful contestant struggled to determine why one fifth of Americans cannot find the United States on a world map?

See the clip, which has gotten more than 54 million hits, below:

(H/T: Mediaite)