Last night, Miss Arkansas Savvy Shields took home the crown at the Miss America 2017 competition.

The University of Arkansas student broke into tears at the announcement, clutching Miss Maryland and Miss Texas for support.

But controversy ensued moments before the magic.

Just before the crowning, the final seven contestants answered lightning round questions rooted in social issues and current events.

While judges including Olympic gold medalist Gabby Douglas and entrepreneur Mark Cuban asked contestants about police brutality and the presidential race, every single damn one of these questions fell short of examining these topics beyond face value.

While this line of socially-conscious questioning is a step up from the usual basic BS asked of Miss America contestants, it's not enough.

Next year, the Miss America Organization should consider asking contestants questions of this caliber instead.

Rachel Wyatt, Miss South Carolina

WHAT THEY ASKED: IMMIGRATION

“The immigration debate rages on: Building a wall along the Mexico border, establishing sanctuary cities, deporting 11 million undocumented people. Do you believe our country has an immigration problem?”

HOW SHE ANSWERED: “You know, we certainly do. And I myself am a quarter Japanese. My great-grandfather is an immigrant, and I think that America really is a nation built on immigrants and so this is an issue that we have to come to a resolution on and be welcoming to others to come into this nation of freedom.”

WHAT THEY *SHOULD* HAVE ASKED

“How can the United States citizenship process be streamlined so undocumented immigrants can obtain citizenship without having to wait upwards of a decade?”

Laura Lee Lewis, Miss Mississippi

WHAT THEY ASKED: GENDER EQUALITY IN THE WORKFORCE

“Miss America 1989 Gretchen Carlson just accepted a $20 million settlement from Fox News for her sexual harassment suit against Roger Ailes. Fox paid. Ailes walked. What message does this send?”

HOW SHE ANSWERED: “This sends a message that we have so much further to go with equality in the workforce. Women are just as equal as men in the workforce and I think — it’s 2016, guys. We’ve got to focus on this and have equality in the workforce. And when we start focusing on that, it’s going to be great.”

WHAT THEY *SHOULD* HAVE ASKED

“Gretchen Carlson accepted a $20 million settlement from Fox News for her sexual harassment suit against Roger Ailes, but Fox paid Ailes $40 million to leave the company. What does this say about how companies treat workplace harassment?”

Alicia Cooper, Miss Washington

WHAT THEY ASKED: POLICE BRUTALITY

49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick has ignited a national debate by refusing to stand for the national anthem in protest of racial inequality and police brutality. Do you sit with him or stand against him?”

HOW SHE ANSWERED: “The first thing I want to say is we need to focus on how important the Black Lives Matter issue is, all lives matter in this situation*. I don’t necessarily support the fact that he sat out, but I do respect that he took a knee and that people are joining in. Because we need to focus on the resolution to this problem, and we need to come together as a nation to have everyone feel equal in our society.” - Alicia Cooper, Miss Washington

*Emphasis ours because girl, what the hell? Why are you undermining Black Lives Matter by defaulting to “all lives matter?” How many times do we have to go over this?? Girl, bye.

WHAT THEY *SHOULD* HAVE ASKED

Football fans are threatening to boycott the NFL due to quarterback Colin Kaepernick’s protest during the national anthem. Yet, these same fans have supported the NFL through its mistreatment of women and neglect of injured players. What does this say about America's allegiance to the NFL and how it treats black athletes?" 

Hannah Brewer, Miss Maryland

WHAT THEY ASKED: MEDIA BIAS

“Journalists are calling out Matt Lauer for aggressively grilling Hillary Clinton while letting Donald Trump slide. Others are declaring a liberal media bias. How would you grade the media on their election coverage?”

HOW SHE ANSWERED: “I think it’s been very — I think it’s been very equal to both parties. I think both Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton have received a lot of criticism for the way that they’re going about this campaign, and I think it’s absolutely ridiculous. I think that we need to support both of these people. They are trying to make our country a better place and I support them both.”

WHAT THEY *SHOULD* HAVE ASKED

“Is it fair for a presidential candidate who blacklists journalists that disagree with him to accuse the media of being biased? What do Trump's actions tell us about his campaign and the future of freedom of the press?”

Camille Sims, Miss New York

WHAT THEY ASKED: DONALD J. TRUMP

“Donald J. Trump. What do you think of him? You have 20 seconds, go.”

HOW SHE ANSWERED: “I think that he’s a bright reminder of how our country needs to come together. If you don’t agree with his message, then it’s time to decide where you stand in this debate. As Americans, we need to make sure that we come together, represent what it means to be American — which is celebrating all people from all backgrounds whether you’re an immigrant, or a Native American, or an African American, or an Asian American.” 

WHAT THEY *SHOULD* HAVE ASKED

“Donald Trump and his supporters are grilling Hillary Clinton for calling half of his supporters a ‘basket of deplorables." As a result Clinton issued a public apology. What is your opinion of Trump for criticizing Clinton while he's guilty of making blanket statements and has failed to distance himself from generalizations his supporters make, too?

Savvy Shields, Miss Arkansas (and Miss America 2017)

WHAT THEY ASKED: HILLARY RODHAM CLINTON

“Hillary Rodham Clinton. What do you think?”

HOW SHE ANSWERED: “Sorry, that’s kind of funny. If you’re trying to be leader of the free world, everything you say and do matters, and all of your actions are held to a higher standard. And unfortunately, the media does love to sensationalize everything, and it’s hard to tell what is truth and what is truly scandal. I think going back at what my previous contestant said, both of these contestants have done a great job. Er, both of these candidates have done a great job in competing, but they also need to watch what they’re doing, and…”

Shields was cut off after the 20 seconds ran out.

WHAT THEY *SHOULD* HAVE ASKED

“Hillary Clinton left the September 11 memorial ceremony early after feeling faint, and has since announced that she has a case of pneumonia. People are now saying that Clinton is unfit to be president. Is the media's obsession with the health of female politicians sexist?

Caroline Carothers, Miss Texas

WHAT THEY ASKED: SEPTEMBER 11

“This is the 15th anniversary of 9/11. What is one thing the new president should do to protect us?”

HOW SHE ANSWERED: “Yes, 15 years ago today we were attacked, and that is very unfortunate. But one thing that our new president needs to realize is that one thing about being strong with this country is learning when and where to be cautious. And I believe that if our new president understands that and learns that, then we will be in a better place and we’ll be much safer as a nation.”

WHAT THEY *SHOULD* HAVE ASKED

“This is the 15th anniversary of 9/11. While Clinton visited Ground Zero the day after the attacks, Trump wasn’t seen at the site until days later and even boasted that he then owned the tallest building in Manhattan immediately after the World Trade Center collapsed. Who do you think is fit to be president?"

Yes, we get it — even the most knowledgeable of political advisers couldn’t possibly answer these questions in 20 seconds.

If the Miss America Organization wants to actually start a conversation and prove these women are knowledgeable enough to be the Queen of the States, perhaps they should give contestants more than 20 seconds to unpack these politically-charged concepts.

Oh, and they can remove the swimsuit and evening wear competitions while they’re at it.