Miss SC apologizes for mobile home comment

COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) - Miss South Carolina Brooke Mosteller and the director of the state pageant are apologizing if anyone was offended by Mosteller's joke about mobile homes as she introduced herself at the Miss America pageant.

At Sunday's pageant, Mosteller said in a pre-recorded statement: "From the state where 20 percent of our homes are mobile because that's how we roll, I'm Brooke Mosteller, Miss South Carolina."

On Thursday, Mosteller discussed the comment further, calling it a 7-second mistake.

"Almost everyone I asked was like it's just funny, it's a joke, people won't take offense, you're funny, it shows your personality, it's original, so I agreed to it, and it was 7 seconds of my time, and it was a 7 second mistake," Mosteller said.

She said she had second thoughts about using the comment, adding its intent was to be funny, not disrespectful to the state.

"I just really want to apologize to the state for my lack of judgment in that time and I just should have stuck to my gut that there is a downside to it and I can see where people would take offense," Mosteller said. "So I just want to apologize and I regret that I said that."

She went on to say that in the two months since being crowned Miss South Carolina, life has been a fun whirlwind. She said she's extremely proud to be Miss South Carolina.

Mosteller's platform is college application day, so she spends a lot of time in high schools across the state convincing students to apply to college.

Mosteller released a statement Wednesday with Miss South Carolina pageant executive director Ashley Byrd saying they came up with the line together trying to be creative and funny. They say they regret that is was considered insensitive and think South Carolina is an amazing place.

"Brooke Mosteller, Miss South Carolina, is a wonderful representative of the Miss South Carolina Scholarship Organization," a statement from Byrd reads. "Her desire is to serve the people of South Carolina with the same measure of congeniality that produced this recognition by her fellow contestants."

Recent U.S. Census figures show about 18 percent of people in South Carolina live in mobile homes.

"There are so many lessons and it's unfortunate I had to learn them at Miss America," Mosteller said.