The Miss America 2019 competition aired Sunday live from Atlantic City on ABC.
During contestant introductions, Miss Michigan broke protocol and took the moment to address Flint’s water crisis, which started in 2014.
Viewers quickly applauded her for taking a stand.
As the majority of the 51 women competing for the crown made simple introductions during the Miss America competition airing live from Atlantic City on Sunday, Emily Sioma seized the opportunity to make a statement about the water crisis affecting Michigan.
“From the state with 84% of the country’s fresh water but none for its residents, I’m Miss Michigan,” said Sioma.
You can watch it below:
Oooooh Miss Michigan with a burn! #Flint #Water #MissAmerica pic.twitter.com/Svp5IGSCQ4
— Erica M (@buffgrl) September 10, 2018
The statement didn’t go unnoticed by viewers, who quickly applauded Sioma for breaking protocol and getting political.
#MissMichigan broke template. “From a state with 84% of the US fresh water but none for its residents to drink.” #ParadeOfStates. #MissAmerica2019 #aumissamerica #GoMichigan
— Brian Herrera (@stinkylulu) September 10, 2018
Oh snap, Miss Michigan didn’t give her CV. Talked about clean water for Michigan. LOVE HER. #aumissamerica
— Jeff Middents (@Middento) September 10, 2018
DAMN. #MissMichigan with the mic drop in the #MissAmerica2019 intros! pic.twitter.com/iSrodwUzjo
— Casey. (@kcbrewski) September 10, 2018
Miss Michigan just introduced herself by shaming her home state for Flint water crisis.
— Julia Terruso (@JuliaTerruso) September 10, 2018
YAAAAS MISS MICHIGAN USING YOUR INTRO TO DEFEND FLINT. YOU BETTER ❤️ #MissAmerica2019 pic.twitter.com/zqH0ni3OOD
— Montreh (@montrehnariman) September 10, 2018
Miss Michigan went in. Instead of naming her major and university she said get Michigan clean drinking water. 👏🏾👏🏾 #MissAmerica
— Trevor🦋 (@RadioLamb) September 10, 2018
The rest of the competition is irrelevant at this point. Call these other contestants an Uber.
— Ess (@ScottyLiterati) September 10, 2018
Since 2014, Flint, Michigan has been living with lead-tainted drinking water. In April, the state of Michigan said it will no longer supply free bottled water to Flint. Governor Rick Snyder said “scientific data now proves the water system is stable.”
While officials have said the water is safe, residents continue to say that’s not the case.
Sioma may not have made the top 15, but the 24-year-old definitely shook things up as the competition’s start. Sioma’s platform supports empowering survivors of sexual violence.
You can meet all 51 women competing to be Miss America 2019 here.
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