A Miss America Contestant Used Her 10-Second Intro To Call Out The Flint Water Crisis
Start writing a post
Student Life

On Miss America, Emily Sioma Used Her 10-Second Intro To Call Out The Flint Water Crisis And People Loved It

Last night was Miss America 2019 and one contestant decided to use her 10-second intro in the best way possible.

On Miss America, Emily Sioma Used Her 10-Second Intro To Call Out The Flint Water Crisis And People Loved It

Emily Sioma, the contestant from Michigan, introduced herself by saying: "From the state with 84% of the US freshwater but none for its residents to drink, I am Miss Michigan Emily Sioma."

This introduction caught many people off guard since usually the contestants simply go up and state their name. Never before has someone used their time on screen to send such an important public message. This was an attempt to bring attention to the ongoing health crisis happening in Flint, Michigan. Millions are unable to consume safe drinking water due to the contaminants in it.


Lead poisoning from the cities drinking water has plagued residents of Flint. This has been an issue for a while now and still, nothing is being done to stop it. Emily Sioma finally decided she was over it.

Sioma told ABC News that "it wasn't a very spur of the moment decision," "I had this gut feeling that if I didn't make it into the top 15, I would never have a chance to be able to speak on national television about something that was important to me, or to make the moment meaningful."

Twitter, of course, blew up and the reactions did not disappoint.

One person tweeted, "Miss Michigan should automatically win #MissAmerica for starting with this!"


Another tweeted, "OKAY MISS MICHIGAN WE SEE YOU, HONEY !!!!"


And the best, for sure, was this gif submitted from user @PausedFace


Miss New York, Nia Franklin, ended up winning Miss America, but most people thought Sioma should have won. Her simply stating that there should be clean water in Flint was enough for viewers to feel she deserved the win.

Twitter user @SundaeCouture said, "Miss Michigan needs to win the 2019 Miss America Pageant simply for stating there still isn't any clean water during her introduction! #Michigan #MissAmerica"


Miss America 2019 winner Nia Franklin has yet to comment on the events that occurred last night.

Report this Content
This article has not been reviewed by Odyssey HQ and solely reflects the ideas and opinions of the creator.
A man with a white beard and mustache wearing a hat

As any other person on this planet, it sometimes can be hard to find the good in things. However, as I have always tried my hardest to find happiness in any and every moment and just generally always try to find the best in every situation, I have realized that your own happiness is much more important than people often think. Finding the good in any situation can help you to find happiness in some of the simplest and unexpected places.

Keep Reading...Show less
A painting of the virgin Mary, the baby Jesus, and the wise men

It’s everyone’s favorite time of year. Christmastime is a celebration, but have we forgotten what we are supposed to be celebrating? There is a reason the holiday is called Christmas. Not presentmas. Not Santamas. Not Swiftmas. Christmas.

boy standing in front of man wearing santa claus costume Photo by __ drz __ on Unsplash

What many people forget is that there is no Christmas without Christ. Not only is this a time to spend with your family and loved ones, it is a time to reflect on the blessings we have gotten from Jesus. After all, it is His birthday.

Keep Reading...Show less
Golden retriever sat on the sand with ocean in the background
Photo by Justin Aikin on Unsplash

Anyone who knows me knows how much I adore my dog. I am constantly talking about my love for her. I attribute many of my dog's amazing qualities to her breed. She is a purebred Golden Retriever, and because of this I am a self-proclaimed expert on why these are the best pets a family could have. Here are 11 reasons why Goldens are the undisputed best dog breed in the world.

Keep Reading...Show less

Boyfriend's Christmas Wishlist: 23 Best Gift Ideas for Her

Here are the gifts I would like to ask my boyfriend for to make this season unforgettable.

Young woman opening a Christmas gift

Recently, an article on Total Sorority Move called 23 Things My Boyfriend Better Not Get Me For Christmas, was going around on social media. I hope the author of this was kidding or using digital sarcasm, but I am still repulsed and shocked by the lack of appreciation throughout this article. I would like to represent the girlfriends out there who disagree with her standpoint -- the girlfriends who would be more than happy to receive any of these gifts from their boyfriends.

Keep Reading...Show less
Two teenage girls smiling

The 2000s were a time that many young adults today can look back on, joyfully reminisce and somewhat cringe at the trends and the fads that we all used to love and adore. Here's a list of things from the golden 2000s that will have one feeling nostalgic about all of those times.

Keep Reading...Show less

Subscribe to Our Newsletter

Facebook Comments