InUpton gained international notoriety after giving a highly convoluted and incoherent response to a question asked during the pageant contest. The broadcast event matched NBC's highest rating in this time period in three months and the highest placement for the one month period, according to Nielsen Media Research. With such high level of media exposure, online reaction to Upton's gaffe came almost immediately through the social networking site Facebook.
The Miss Teen USA hopeful who became an Internet sensation following her rambling response to a pageant question was so depressed that she considered suicide. Caitlin Upton, the contestant from South Carolina, told New York Magazine she struggled to move on for years after the memorable blunder — a now-infamous fumbling of words during the pageant's interview portion. Upton was asked at the pageant why she believed a fifth of Americans couldn't point out the United States on a map.
Caitlin McBride Twitter Email. In the early days of internet celebrity, she became an overnight sensation after giving an unforgettable answer to a geography question. The then year-old from South Carolina was asked her thoughts on why one fifth of Americans couldn't point to the United States on a map and she then responded in a rambling manner.
And while some people certainly do like to laugh at themselves and willingly share their embarrassing momentsothers are thrust into the negative spotlight in situations that are out of their control. The latter happened to Miss Teen USA contestant Caitlin Upton inwhen her cringe-worthy answer to a pageant question about education in America went viral. That moment was surely upsetting and embarrassing to Caitlin, but it was gold to the Internet; she became an instant target for criticism and bullying.
By Erica Tempesta For Dailymail. During the pageant, Caitlin Upton, who was representing her home state of South Carolina, was asked why she believed a fifth of Americans couldn't point out the United States on a map — and replied with a bizarre, and rambling response during which she suggested that many people might not have maps, before comparing the education system in the US to that in South Africa and Iraq, a moment which the nowyear-old told New York Magazinecontinues to haunt her to this day. I had some very dark moments where I thought about committing suicide.
Upton, thenyear-old Miss Teen South Carolinamade herself an instant YouTube sensation when she answered, or rather, failed to answer, an albeit tricky question from actress Aimee Teegarden. When asked, "Recent polls have shown a fifth of Americans can't locate the U. Why do you think this is?
Americans are unable to do so because, uh, some 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. But I never let anybody see that stuff, except for people I could trust," she revealed to New York Magazine.
Upton was a Miss Teen USA contestant inbut will most likely always be known as the year-old from South Carolina who badly fumbled her answer about education in America. When asked why some Americans couldn't identify their home country on a map, Upton stumbled and said it was because there weren't enough maps to go around Footage of her answer quickly spread across the Internet, which caused her to be harshly bullied for years.
She gained international notoriety for her convoluted and nonsensical response to a question posed to her during the August national pageant. Why do you think this is? I personally believe that U.