Thursday on ABC’s The View, the whole table addressed co-host Joy Behar’s mockery of Mike Pence’s Christian faith on Tuesday’s show that caused an uproar. Even though the rest of the table, with the exception of Meghan McCain and to some extent Whoopi Goldberg, also made vile comments, ABC only brought up Behar’s comments as controversial.
To make matters worse, what started off as an apology eroded into a rant against their viewers for being upset about “free speech.” This just digs the hole deeper.
Replaying the clip of Behar saying Pence must be “mentally ill,” Whoopi bluntly addressed the elephant in the room. Reading off a cue-card, Whoopi asked Behar, “Do you think Christians are mentally ill?”
Behar claimed she was a Christian, and said everyone at the table was a Christian as well, so of course she didn’t mean it as a slam:
Well that would make me mentally ill, since I’m a Christian myself. That would make my father mentally ill, my mother, my aunt, my daughter, this girl here [pointing to Sunny Hostin], you [pointing to Whoopi], you [pointing to Meghan McCain], I mean, of course not.
“I don’t mean to offend people but apparently I keep doing it,” she grinned.
Sounding less rehearsed, Behar dismissed any responsibility for what she said. “I mean, it was a joke. Comedians are in danger these days,” she stated.
“Mm-hmm,” Sunny Hostin agreed.
Whoopi dug themselves further into a hole by actually demanding that viewers separate their show from their network:
“Let’s take this out of the realm of ABC,” she urged. “This is a show that has had great relationships with all kinds of leaders of different religions. We sit with each other, we don’t always agree but we listen,” Whoopi claimed. While she was saying this, McCain looked incredibly uncomfortable, sitting in silence with a glare on her face.
“We do make jokes, it is what happens on this show. You don’t have to agree with what we’re doing. You don’t even have to like it. But you have to understand that it does happen,” Whoopi took Behar’s tack of downplaying the incident as innocent humor.
Again playing the PR-spin machine for her network, Whoopi urged viewers to leave ABC out of the criticism against their show:
Now to call us intolerant or to call out ABC. Let’s get rid of that, Because as ABC as we know is tolerant of everyone. They have Sunday nights with Joel Osteen. So we know that they’re fine with that. The idea that this show is not tolerant of other people’s beliefs I find a little bit hard.
When does ABC broadcast Joel Osteen on Sunday nights? You can find Osteen’s televised service on Freeform (formerly ABC Family) on Sunday (Saturday night) at 12 AM.
Behar added that she gave money to the church. “I’m not insulting Christians,” she shrugged.
McCain finally jumped in and thanked Behar for apologizing, saying that “so many people were upset and offended” by Behar’s words. “I’ve had a very hard time with this,” she admitted, before laying into the liberals at the table for being intolerant.
“As a Republican,I feel like sometimes, liberals say, ‘We need to be tolerant of everyone, we need to be tolerant of everyone. Except pro-lifers. Except Trump supporters. Except gun owners. Except everyone in the red, the middle-of-the country,” McCain began before Whoopi interrupted.
“I’m going to stop you, because that’s not actually true,” Whoopi slammed McCain, as the audience clapped.
Proving exactly what McCain was arguing, Whoopi dismissed McCain’s feelings as wrong. “We don’t want to talk about liberals and what they’re doing,” she shushed the conservative host.
Whoopi then admitted that they were only addressing their anti-Christian comments because the network forced them to.
Joy is the source of so much political stupidity, constantly on an ongoing basis, that it is impossible to determine what is serious and what is not. As I say about most liberals, for people who are so suspicious of what Republicans do and say, why don’t they think through their own words and actions a bit more thoroughly?
Sure, because of course those who watch this ridiculous excuse for a television show always see Whoopi stopping Joy when she is saying something that is not true. Like, for instance, when Joy said Christians who hear the word of Jesus are mentally ill. Bull SHIT.
Oh? Well, does ABC recognize the 1st Amendment, because it certainly doesn’t look like it, according to Whoopie.. Why didn’t they all stand up for their rights and refuse to apologize? And, if they are so damned tolerant, as Hostin claims, why didn’t McCain get to finish her remark, then they could have had a discussion of THAT?
Dang, can you liberals simply NOT SEE IT?
@Bill… Deplorable Me: Geeze who would know unless someone by accident sat on the remote and turned the show on?
ABC puts them on the air, pays them and continues to feed their leftist spin machine.
ABC needs to be right in the middle of criticisms, not exempt as Whoopie wants.
She knows who butters her bread = the execs at ABC.
@kitt: Fox was doing an expose’ of stupidity and “The View” played prominently. They actually showed the clip of Whoopie shouting McCain down, trying to show her how tolerant liberals actually are.
Really, you CAN’T make this stuff up!