Gretchen Takes On Miss America Critics: 'Why Do Smart, Talented, Attractive Women Bring Out the Snark?'
Former 1989 Miss America Gretchen Carlson sat down with the newly crowned Miss America, Kira Kazantsev, to discuss her big victory over the weekend. She cautioned Kazantsev that critics are going to attack her and claim that she's not smart.
"I'll say, well, you try going to Hofstra University and getting a triple major and getting accepted into Notre Dame Law School. So that's what I have to say about that," Kazantsev answered.
Kazantsev, who represented New York in the pageant, majored in political science, global studies and geography.
Kazantsev wants to draw attention to domestic violence, an issue that has dominated the news in the past week due to the incident involving NFL star Ray Rice.
She disagreed with the NFL's decision not to air a song by Rihanna during a broadcast last week amid the controversy. Rihanna, who was assaulted in 2009 by then-boyfriend Chris Brown, lashed out at CBS today on Twitter for pulling the song.
Kazantsev said the NFL's decision was wrong and playing the song would have been a "poignant moment."
And then there was the red plastic cup routine, in which she sang Pharrell's "Happy" during the talent portion of the pageant. Gretchen Carlson, in her "My Take" segment after the interview, took on those who criticized Kazantsev.
Watch the interview and Gretchen's commentary below: