Have you been following the fallout since Joy Behar and Michelle Collins made fun of Miss Colorado, the Miss America contestant who talked about her job as a nurse during the talent segment of the competition? Nurses were outraged, and advertisers began pulling out from ‘The View.’ Even though the show had a segment praising nurses on Friday, advertisers continue to bail. Even the CEO of the Miss America Pageant weighed in.
Miss America CEO Sam Haskell said:
My mother was a nurse. It hurt all nurses to hear Michelle [Collins] and Joy criticize the talent choice of Kelley Johnson, Miss Colorado!”
He did acknowledge ‘The View’s’ apology, saying “it was the right thing to do.”
Kelley [Miss Colorado] used the talent portion of the Miss America competition to share her passion about a special story experienced through her job. I am glad that Michelle and Joy apologized.”
‘The View’ tweeted about their segment on nurses:
— The View (@TheView) September 18, 2015
However, nurses are still upset. Some nurses were interviewed about ‘The View’ fiasco. Sarah said:
To hear the hosts of The View speak so ignorantly about a nurse just reminds me again how little people truly know about nurses. We are strong. So strong. We deal with sickness, pain, and death on a daily basis. Some of us hold the hands of mothers who are bringing life into this world, while others are holding the hands of those who are taking their last breaths. We work long, tiring hours that are mostly spent on our feet. We forgo lunch and bathroom breaks to make sure that our patients receive the best care. We work holidays and weekends. We spend more time with our co-workers than our own families. This is the life of a nurse—my life. The life of so many wonderful, caring, amazing people.
“So, to the hosts of The View who think that nurses walk around in costumes with doctors’ stethoscopes around their necks: think again. At the same time you were sitting in your comfortable chairs, laughing at and judging us, we were too busy to watch your show because we were at work saving lives. When’s the last time any of you can say you’ve done that?!”
Lee Ann Lung said:
I give [Miss Colorado] props. Nursing is a talent. For her to bring national attention to it was very admirable. The View’s response highlights the danger of some talk shows where some say things that are not very well thought out. It did a disservice to a large portion of the public… I will not watch The View again, they have lost me as a viewer.”
Jill Mullins said:
I just think those ladies are ignorant. But I feel like the majority of people have no clue what nurses do all day or how much of their life we hold in our hands… I’m not discrediting the work everyone in a hospital does. We are all important and all need one another to function but I think sometimes, more often than not, the nurses have the majority of the patient’s time and problems in their hands.
“Those ladies just don’t know. I think their job is ‘not a profession,’ as the one lady said, but it’s probably because I don’t really know or understand what their job entails. I’d like them to spend a day with us. Everyone’s job is relevant. Everyone.”
You can read all of the responses at E! Online.
Not only are at least some nurses still unhappy with ‘The View,’ but advertisers continue to bail on the show. Johnson & Johnson and Eggland’s Best pulled their ads on Thursday. Yesterday Party City, Snuggle, and McCormick spices also pulled their spots. I wonder what more ‘The View’ can do at this point to make the situation right? One thing you have to say about ‘The View:’ it’s always in the headlines! I can understand why the nurses are upset, but the show is at least being responsive to them. Hopefully this blows over; I like ‘The View,’ and Joy and Michelle have both apologized.
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