Miss SC: Sorry about the mobile homes joke

The StateSeptember 18, 2013 

Miss America Preliminaries

Miss South Carolina, Brooke Mosteller, waves during the preliminary competition of the Miss America Pageant at Boardwalk Hall on Tuesday Sept. 10, 2013, in Atlantic City, N.J. The preliminary competitions began Tuesday, which is back in Atlantic City after a six-year absence. (AP Photo/The Press of Atlantic City, Ben Fogletto)

BEN FOGLETTO — associated press

Update: Miss SC Brooke Mosteller talks to The State about the decision to use the line and what the other options were.

Miss South Carolina is sorry about the mobile homes joke.

Brooke Mosteller, the Mount Pleasant woman who represented the state in Sunday’s Miss America pageant, apologized Wednesday for her introduction, “where 20 percent of our homes are mobile because that’s how we roll,” a statement that riled fans from the Palmetto State.

A statement was released Wednesday afternoon by the Miss South Carolina Scholarship Organization.

“The introductory statement for Miss South Carolina Brooke Mosteller was decided collectively with the Miss South Carolina Scholarship Organization in an attempt to be creative and humorous. We regret this was perceived as insensitive and we apologize to our fellow South Carolinians who may have been offended. South Carolina is an amazing place with its loving people, resplendent history, positive business climate, vibrant culture, and beautiful natural resources.”

The statement reiterated that Mosteller is a “wonderful representative” and noted that she shared the title of Miss Congeniality and won a fund-raising award.

Mosteller’s intro set off a firestorm from SC folks on Twitter and other social media, suggesting that the point was embarrassing to the state, and Mosteller could have highlighted many other things about the state.

Comedian Stephen Colbert also chimed in with his mock disgust on Monday’s “Colbert Report.”


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