Watch John Oliver Explain Just How Mind-Bogglingly Ridiculous Beauty Pageants Are


Beauty pageants are a pretty insane and demeaning thing for us to still be doing as a society in 2014. I mean, yes, Miss Congeniality was an OK film, but the sequel was awful. Also, the whole thing—beauty pageants, not the Miss Congeniality franchise—sort of stinks of sexism and mores best left to rot in the ’50s.

Here’s John Oliver taking the Miss America pageant (and its somehow more mockable competitor Miss USA) to task.

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