The Ugly Reality Behind All The Glitz & Glamour Of Miss America

Sept. 23, 2014: John Oliver takes down the country’s biggest beauty pageant – Miss America.

From butt glue to the 20-second absurd responses to complex questions, such as how the United States should deal with ISIS, John Oliver presented a thorough takedown of the Miss America beauty pageant on “Last Week Tonight.”

“How the f*** is this still happening?” Oliver asked before addressing the inaccurate claim from the Miss American organization that it provides millions of dollars in scholarships for women.

Mocking Miss America’s assertion that it is also an educational pageant, Oliver said, “Right. You need to see them in bathing suits because as we all know, the intelligence portion of the brain is located somewhere in the upper thigh.”

In addition, the comedian shrewdly pointed out the absurd conditions set for the participants to compete in the first place.

“Currently, the biggest scholarship program, exclusively for women in America, requires you to be unmarried, with a mint condition uterus, and also rewards working knowledge of buttock adhesive technology.”

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The most important part of the entire segment was, however, when Oliver disproved the Miss America organization’s claim that it makes $45 million a year available for scholarships to contestants.

"If it's actually true that Miss America is the world's largest provider of scholarships for women, that's a little bit weird because Miss America does not offer scholarships to all women," Oliver said, adding the organization grants the prize to "only those who compete in those pageants."

The "Last Week Tonight" team also found that the pageant winners do not even come close to actually receiving that amount because of some really complicated reasons Oliver explains.

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Miss America defended its policies in a statement shortly after the program was aired. You can read it here.