This season's cohosts on "The View" wasted no time offending an entire demographic with their casual and, occasionally, narrow-minded commentary.
On Monday, following the September 13 broadcast of the Miss America Pageant, Michelle Collins shared her opinion on the talent portion of the scholarship competition.
The talent, though, I have to say, the woman who won sang opera, and she was incredible. Really good. But then there was a girl who wrote her own monologue, which I was like 'Turn the volume up, this is going be amazing, let's listen.' She came out in a nurse's uniform and basically read her emails out loud and shockingly did not win.
Joy Behar, who could not freaking BELIEVE an individual would squander her talent portion so, asked her cohosts why the contestant was wearing a “doctor's stethoscope” around her neck.
Nurses took to Twitter to defend monologist Kelley Johnson and remind Behar nurses wear stethoscopes, too.
On Facebook, nurse Hilary Helkenn remarked Collins and Behar's offhand insults “denigrated” the profession of nursing.
Today on The View, Joy Behar and crew mocked Miss Colorado Kelly Johnson for appearing on stage in her nurses uniform.... Posted by Hilary Helkenn on Monday, September 14, 2015
The reactions poured into the Twitterscape like the hot, angry and likely private tears of a pageant woman scorned.
Though neither of the hosts apologized for their statements, Collins addressed her comments on today's episode, insisting,
I, for all of us, want to say we love nurses. Nurses, if you're watching, we adore you, we respect you... I was not talking about her as a nurse, and we were talking about the talent competition and it got misconstrued.
Behar, for her part in the matter, claimed she was clueless throughout the discussion and was unsure at any point what was exactly happening.
I didn't know what the hell I was talking about.
Mocking fellow humans is a national pastime, sure, but perhaps mocking health professionals should be reserved for special circumstances.
Citations: The View Co-Hosts Facing Backlash After Mocking Miss America Nurse Monologue: ''Why Does She Have a Doctor's Stethoscope?'' (E! News), 'The View' host Joy Behar: I didn't know what I was talking about (USA Today)