I’m not a big fan of beauty pageants, I actually can’t believe that they’re still a thing. But I am now a big fan of Miss Michigan, who wisely used her time on stage Sunday night to slam the Flint water crisis – shaming her own state.
Miss New York, Nia Franklin was crowned Miss America over the weekend. But it was Miss Michigan who caught my eye with her strong political statement at the pageant.
Emily Sioma represented Michigan in the pageant. But she didn’t hold back when she shamed her own state for the Flint water crisis.
The contestants in the pageant only had a brief ten seconds to introduce themselves. And Sioma used that time to also shine light on Flint.
“From a state with 84 percent of the U.S. fresh water, but none for its residents to drink, I’m Miss Michigan Emily Sioma,” she told the audience.
Miss Michigan Emily Sioma emphasizing the Flint Water crisis.
"I'm from the state with 84% of the U.S.'s fresh water, but none for its residents to drink." pic.twitter.com/S2IzKvgAig
— Shaun King (@shaunking) September 10, 2018
Sioma didn’t advance to the top 15. So the only talking she did in the pageant was her introduction. But she made a huge impression to viewers. On Twitter, many people were tweeting praise for her. And they tweeted support because instead of using her air time to brag about herself, Sioma used her time to bring attention to an important crisis.
Been rolling my eyes all weekend that Miss America is still a thing but MISS MICHIGAN FOR PRESIDENT https://t.co/Y6Wib6DVRg
— Jane Burns (@jrburns) September 10, 2018
Miss Michigan brings up the Flint water crisis. Props girl. #missamerica2019
— Jennifer Mendelsohn 🇺🇸 (@CleverTitleTK) September 10, 2018
So Emily Sioma, Miss Michigan is a sexual assault survivor/activist who takes her moment on stage at #MissAmerica2019 to go OFF about the Flint Water Crisis on Network television in front of a million viewers? We stan. https://t.co/VSesQDELnv
— CRT (@StoryofEverest) September 10, 2018
Miss Michigan just introduced herself by shaming her home state for Flint water crisis.
— Julia Terruso (@JuliaTerruso) September 10, 2018
Miss Michigan using her 10 second intro to speak on flints water crisis instead of herself is truly using her platform for her state 👏🏼👏🏼👏🏼👏🏼
— Jesse Keener (@swaggirljesse) September 10, 2018
— andrea (@andreabair_6) September 10, 2018
not one for beauty pageants but, instead of saying her college and major, Miss Michigan introduced herself saying “I’m from a state that is home to 84% of the worlds fresh water yet not all its residents have clean water to drink, I’m Emily Sioma from Michigan”
you go girl.
— Katie (@KatieJaffke) September 10, 2018
MISS Michigan bringing the HEATTTTTTT 84% water WITH NONE TO DRINK #MissAmerica
— Christina Spann (@ladyteena102) September 10, 2018