Miss America Pageant: Last Week Tonight with John Oliver (HBO)


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Published: 4 years ago
The Miss America Pageant…how is this still a thing?
They claim to give more scholarships to women than any other organization, and, unfortunately, they’re right.
To illustrate these problems, John Oliver stages his own pageant with the help of Kathy Griffin.

Here are the links to the women's scholarship funds that John mentioned on air:
Society of Women Engineers: http://societyofwomenengineers.swe.org/
Jeanette Rankin Women’s Scholarship Fund: www.rankinfoundation.org
Patsy Mink Foundation: www.patsyminkfoundation.org

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5:00 and now he’s our president

9 hours ago

She said "made available annually." Tricky wording to hide the truth. Which is what far to many non profits do.

12 hours ago

"You wouldn't have your job if you weren't beautiful"

Unfortunately he can't say the same about the presidency. Hey-o!

1 day ago

Realizing this was posted in 2014 makes the Trump remarks all the funnier

1 day ago

You know even the Miss America pageant knows it’s bullshit when they are trying to claim to be a non-profit scholarship provider. Is it just me or is America just one giant Ponzi scheme

1 day ago

Butt glue😂😂

3 days ago

😂😂😂😂😂

3 days ago

Another shitty thing about Trump and Miss USA is their homophobia. There’s a drag queen pageant system called Miss Gay USofA (with additional titles like Mr, At Large, Newcomer, Classic, Diva, Mr MI, etc). They used to be Miss Gay USA, but Trump got heated and sued, explicitly because he didn’t want his name associated with “the gays”, prompting the name change. Another clause of the settlement is that none of the people associated with the pageants (winners, owners, promoters, etc) cannot officially represent or even talk about the system on TV, plus livestreams at pageants are banned, among other stupid things. And it’s extra annoying, as these queens and kings do amazing things that deserve spotlights.

Example: Last year’s Miss Gay USofA Newcomer (2017) Domita Sanchez used her platform to drum up a year long donation drive of Build-a-Bears to the Build-a-Bear Hugs Foundation, which puts teddy bears in children’s hospitals, in the backs of police vehicles for domestic abuse cases, foster homes/orphanages, and anywhere else where a child would appreciate something soft to comfort them in a time of crisis. By having each state/regional prelim to the next year’s contest (that my best friend won!) compete to see who could raise the most money/bear donations, Domita ended up donating over 400 teddy bears to the foundation. That deserves a spotlight imo. That makes for a great news story. And it basically can’t be told.

6 days ago

wow that donald is very honest and tells it how it is, he deff not a lier, he would make a great president.

6 days ago

USA, you did it all wrong.
You were supposed to make Giuseppe president!!!

6 days ago

Aaaahh, Life before Prez Cheezy-Puff Baby-Poop, those were good times indeed, how I miss not being upset and angry all the time, yup, Good Times indeed!

1 week ago

The Donald Trump Joke aged hilariously

1 week ago

Women only scholarship is SEXIST because there are less men than women in university and American still ONLY CARES specifically about women getting in colleges in certain situations.

1 week ago

I love John but damn his point of view was just off this entire episode lol

1 week ago

THAT LAST 'FUCK YOU GIZEPE' IN THE END

1 week ago

Ok look, and bear in mind I personally don’t support pageants. I think they’re stupid and a waste of time. But if these women choose to go through all of this out of their own free will, let them be. There is no need for “women only” scholarships, just like there are no “men only” scholarships. We’re all equally human, so everyone can go through the same scholarship progress, regardless of gender. If these women don’t want to go through your standard scholarship approval process and want to get demeaned on public television for money, let them be!

1 week ago

7:10 - This joke is amazing.

1 week ago

Well, at least you got to respect Trump's honestly.

Edit: I was writing this while listening to the video and I FUCKING CHOCKED when John said that joke at 5:20. God damn.

1 week ago

It bothers me more and more every time I watch this video.
The grounds for calling them the largest provider of scholarships for women is based on the qualification "women-only," as if other scholarships weren't also available to women.
Why the living __ is the fact that they are the largest sexist scholarship provider such a trophy to grasp for?

1 week ago

Question, is there a male only scholarship program and if so what is it’s budget? Saying that it is bad that female only programs are so small only matters if there are male only ones. I haven’t looked this up so if there are lots of male only ones please let me know

1 week ago