You're dressed to the nines. You're vying to become an icon of beauty and poise. The cameras are rolling and millions of people are waiting to hear your answer to this question about income inequality:

"A recent report shows that in 40 percent of American families with children, women are the primary earners yet they continue to earn less than men. What does this say about society?"

Alas, when her big moment came during the 2013 Miss USA beauty pageant on Sunday night, Miss Utah USA Marissa Powell choked and gave a truly incoherent answer (see video above).

You can tell from Powell's face that she knew she blew it. But the denizens of the Internet were not about to let such a fantastic flub pass without comment.

Deadspin's Timothy Burke was particularly appalled by Powell's answer, and quoted the 1995 film "Billy Madison" to show his disdain:

"What you've just said is one of the most insanely idiotic things I have ever heard. At no point in your rambling, incoherent response were you even close to anything that could be considered a rational thought. Everyone in this room is now dumber for having listened to it. I award you no points, and may God have mercy on your soul."

Other pageant viewers were also taken aback by her response.

Powell is an actress, model and singer who has performed the national anthem in front of thousands of people. Alas, answering one question proved to be too much for her.

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  • Miss Rhode Island USA Olivia Culpo is crowned Miss USA 2012

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  • Miss Rhode Island USA Olivia Culpo is crowned Miss USA 2012

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  • Miss Rhode Island USA Olivia Culpo is crowned Miss USA 2012

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  • Miss Rhode Island USA Olivia Culpo is crowned Miss USA 2012

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  • Olivia Culpo crowned by Miss USA 2011 Alyssa Campanella

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  • Miss Maryland USA Nana Meriwether & Miss Rhode Island USA Olivia Culpo

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  • Miss Maryland USA Nana Meriwether & Miss Rhode Island USA Olivia Culpo

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  • Miss Maryland USA Nana Meriwether & Miss Rhode Island USA Olivia Culpo

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  • Kelly Osbourne with finalist Miss Rhode Island USA Olivia Culpo & host Giuliana Rancic

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  • Miss Rhode Island USA Olivia Culpo

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  • Miss Rhode Island USA Olivia Culpo

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  • Miss Florida USA Karina Brez

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  • Miss California USA Natalie Pack

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  • Miss Minnesota USA Nitaya Panemalaythong

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  • Miss Texas USA Brittany Booker

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  • Miss New York USA Johanna Sambucini

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  • Miss Maryland USA Nana Meriwether

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  • Miss USA 2011 Alyssa Campanella

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  • Miss Connecticut USA Marie-Lynn Piscitelli

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  • Miss District of Columbia USA Monique Thompkins

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  • Miss Maryland USA Nana Meriwether

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  • Miss New Jersey USA Michelle Leonardo

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  • Miss Arkansas USA Kelsey Dow

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  • Miss Texas USA Brittany Booker

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  • Miss Ohio USA Audrey Bolte

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  • Miss Maine USA Rani Williamson

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  • Miss Tennesee USA Jessica Hibler

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  • Miss South Carolina USA Erika Powell

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  • Miss Alabama USA Katherine Webb

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  • Miss Georgia USA Jasmyn 'Jazz' Wilkins

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  • Miss Colorado USA Marybel Gonzalez

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  • Miss Nevada USA Jade Kelsall

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  • Miss Tennesee USA Jessica Hibler

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  • Miss Louisiana USA Erin Edmiston

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  • Miss Oklahoma USA Lauren Lundeen

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  • Miss Michigan USA Kristen Danyal

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  • Akon

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  • Cobra Starship

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  • Victoria Asher and Gabe Saporta of Cobra Starship

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