John Oliver brings out the ridiculous-ness of Miss America pageants and questions WHY it still exists today.
Some great soundbites when Donald Trump says “it’s obviously about great outer beauty - we like to say looks don’t matter but it obviously does or else you won’t have a job.” to which John Oliver says, “it’s a little ironic that the Miss USA pageant is overseen by the ugliest soul on the planet.” Boom.
Also - I haven’t watched Miss USA or most pageants in awhile (except for the Miss Hong Kong, but that’s on a completely different spectrum than Miss USA) but it’s so true when John Oliver questions why they get asked incredibly difficult questions like HOW TO SOLVE THE ISIS CREDIT in 20 seconds. What I’ve learned from Miss USA answers is mostly that a) they are great at PR and doing the whole answering-a-question-but-not-answering-the-question and b) they have great coaches and c) I can’t even answer that.
But what really blows my mind about the whole investigative piece is John Oliver’s discovery in the end that even though Miss America claims to donate 45 million USD to college funds, and the true number is under half a million, it is still THE largest college fund provider for women. Wow.
From elevator rides and press conference hilarity with the kindest man in the biz Benedict Cumberbatch to fly-by moments on the red carpet with the ab fab Mark Ruffalo, we run down our very favourite personal moments from TIFF 2014.
Where I wax philosophical on my encounters with Benedict and Andrew. Did I mention last week was the BEST EVER?
Large quantities of Sherlock, Parks & Recreation, Benedict Cumberbatch, Tom Hiddleston, Martin Freeman, Adam Scott, Jon Hamm, Amy Poehler, podcast randomness, and much more will be found here. The level of appreciation is up to you.
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