The pageant queen who botched her interview question said she considered suicide after a video of her answer went viral.
Caite Upton was competing in the Miss Teen USA pageant in 2007 when she was asked why she thought a fifth of Americans couldn’t locate the U.S. on a world map.
“I personally believe that U.S. Americans are unable to do so because, uh, some, uh, people out there in our nation don’t have maps and, uh, I believe that our education like such as in South Africa and, uh, the Iraq, everywhere like such as,” Upton said during the pageant.
“I believe that they should, our education over here in the U.S. should help the U.S., uh, or, uh, should help South Africa and should help the Iraq and the Asian countries, so we will be able to build up our future [for our children].”
A video of her flubbed answer got 63 million views, and Upton said it made her consider suicide. (PHOTOS: Nude Photo Scandal Confuses Vanessa Williams And Miss America Pageant)
“I lost a lot of close friends over it — people I’d been friends with since I was 10, people I grew up playing soccer with,” Upton said.
“One group of girls took me to this party at the University of South Carolina, and I walk in, and the entire USC baseball team surrounded me and bashed me with the harshest, meanest comments I had ever heard.” (VIDEO: Miss Colorado Shocked Everyone With Her Talent)
“And somebody once put a letter in my parents’ mailbox about how my body was going to be eaten alive by ants and burned in a freak fire. And then it said, in all caps, ‘GO DIE CAITE UPTON, GO DIE FOR YOUR STUPIDITY.'”
“That’s the kind of stuff people would say to me for two years.” (VIDEO: Miss Nebraska Accidentally Flashed The Camera During Miss America)