Miss USA winner Kara McCullough says she's an equalist not a feminist -- and Twitter is not happy

Miss USA Kara McCullough

Social media erupted in excitement over the crowning of a new Miss USA on Sunday.

Miss District of Columbia Kara McCullough, 25, dazzled her way to the top  — a black woman with killer natural curls who’s a nuclear scientist, an advocate for science education and the very definition of #BlackGirlMagic. But while some praised the pageant for its progressive decision, others dragged McCullough for her responses during the Q&A segment, in particular, her thoughts on feminism and health care.

When asked “What do you consider feminism to be and do you consider yourself a feminist?” McCullough replied, “As a woman scientist in the government, I’d like to transpose the word feminism to equalism. I try not to consider myself this diehard, like, I don’t really care about men.”

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Granted the pressure of answering a question live in front of millions of viewers may result in a less-than-perfect composed answer, many were upset that McCullough seemed to perpetuate the stereotype of feminists being anti-men.

On top of that, McCullough also stated that she sees health care as a “privilege” instead of a right.

“I’m definitely going to say it’s a privilege. As a government employee, I’m granted health care. And I see firsthand that for one to have health care, you need to have jobs — so therefore, we need to continue to cultivate this environment so that we’re given the opportunities to have health care as well as jobs for all Americans worldwide,” she said.

Naturally, Twitter had something to say about this.






Some, instead, rallied behind runner up Miss New Jersey Chhavi Verg’s answer to the same question on feminism.


“I do consider myself a feminist. There’s this misconception when people that feminism is women being better than men, but it’s really not. It’s a fight for equality,” Verg said.

As Miss USA 2017, McCullough will go on to compete for the Miss Universe title but in the meantime, let’s hope she uses her influence and visibility to champion gender equality instead of segmenting equalists and feminists.

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