Miss California has been a target of social media mockery after her bizarre answer to a question about income inequality in America at Sunday's Miss USA pageant.
"When it comes to social and economic inequality, I think that the rich and the poor need to stop being so segregated. I think there is a middle class," said model Nadia Mejia when asked how she'd address the gap between rich and poor.
— K A I L A N (@kaimilla_) June 6, 2016
After taking a breath, Mejia, who is the daughter of 1990s "Rico Suave" one-hit wonder Gerardo, attempted to clarify her confusing answer.
"I think that the rich need to be able to be giving, and I think the poor need to work hard, and I think the middle class need to come together and find an in-between."
— Tyler-Marie (@TriniGyal_Marie) June 6, 2016
The unfortunate flub instantly became the butt of numerous jokes on social media.
One viewer summed up the awkward moment nicely, tweeting: "Can someone just let Miss California go backstage and cry now? Poor thing... "
But Mejia didn't go back stage and cry. Instead, she laughed off the critics with an Instagram post of herself looking uncomfortable as she tried desperately to spit out a sensical response.
"When you pray to God for the words to social economic inequality and his response is 'It'll take longer than 30 seconds to answer that babe,'" the post read.
A post shared by Miss California USA (@misscausa) on Jun 5, 2016 at 11:48pm PDT
Gerardo, an Ecuadorian-born rapper who became a music executive after his 15-minutes of fame and then a youth pastor, was an ardent supporter of his daughter on social media leading up to Sunday's pageant.
However, the singer had not posted about her unfortunate loss as of Monday morning.
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