The newly crowned Miss USA has some controversial opinions regarding healthcare.
Kára McCullough, from the District of Columbia, created a Twitter storm on May 14 over her statements during the annual pageant’s question-and-answer portion. The nuclear scientist was asked, “Do you think affordable health care for all U.S. citizens is a right or a privilege, and why?”
The 25-year-old South Carolina State University grad spoke honestly about her beliefs, calling healthcare “a privilege.” Needless to say, her conservative viewpoint left some social media users up in arms. She also refused to call herself a feminist, instead opting for the word “equalist.”
“As a woman scientist in the government, I’d like to transpose the word feminism to equalism,” she explained. “I try not to consider myself this diehard, like, I don’t really care about men.”
Viewers questioned whether Kára, who works for the United States Nuclear Regulatory Commission, understands the basis of feminism, which, by definition, calls for “political, economic, and social equality of the sexes.”
It's incredibly sad that in 2017, a woman is striving to occupy a position of influence w/ no understanding of what feminism is. #MissUSA
— courtney (@seecourttweet) May 15, 2017
Kára has yet to respond to the controversy her comments have caused.