Miss Michigan praised for using her Miss America intro to highlight Flint water crisis instead of herself
Miss Michigan used her short intro at Sunday's Miss American pageant to highlight the Flint water crisis and has been commended on social media for her stand.
Emily Sioma introduced herself to the judges and audience as being "from the state with 84 per cent of the US fresh water but none for its residents to drink".
Sioma was referring to the fact that Flint began using water from the Flint River in 2014 while under state emergency management, but did not treat it to reduce corrosion.
Lead from old plumbing leached into the water system.
Some experts have also linked the water to Legionnaires' disease, a type of pneumonia caused by bacteria that thrive in warm water and infect the lungs.
People can become sick if they inhale mist or vapour, typically from cooling systems. There were nearly 100 cases in the Flint area, including 12 deaths, in 2014 and 2015.
Residents are still using bottled water.
Emily Sioma did not make the final 15 in the competition but she has been commended on social media for highlighting the issue.
Been rolling my eyes all weekend that Miss America is still a thing but MISS MICHIGAN FOR PRESIDENT https://t.co/Y6Wib6DVRg— Jane Burns (@jrburns) September 10, 2018
My thoughts on #MissAmerica so far:— Erica Simon (@EricaOnABC13) September 10, 2018
•Loved how Miss Michigan blatantly called out the failing water systems there.
•Miss Colorado’s spoken word made me feel like I can conquer the world.
•These ladies are SMART. Really smart.
•Yay for natural hair!
Miss Michigan using her 10 second intro to speak on flints water crisis instead of herself is truly using her platform for her state 👏🏼👏🏼👏🏼👏🏼— Jesse Keener (@swaggirljesse) September 10, 2018