'The View' loses various advertisers for comment mocking nurses
During last year's Miss America pageant, two co-hosts of "The View" landed in hot water after making comments that upset healthcare workers all over the country. As part of the talent section, Miss Colorado Kelley Johnson spoke about what it takes to be a nurse. Michelle Collins and Joy Behar of "The View" didn't seem impressed with the young lady's monologue and made certain remarks that would have major consequences.
"She came out in a nurse's uniform and basically read her emails out loud and, shockingly, did not win," Collins joked on the show, while a clip of Johnson's monologue played in the background, "I swear to God, it was hilarious." Behar chimed in: "Why does she have a doctor's stethoscope around her neck?"
Understandably, viewers didn't take kindly to the co-hosts' comments that seemed to mock the nursing profession. As a result, healthcare workers took a stand. The hashtags #NursesUnite and #RespectNurses began to trend online, according to New York Daily News. Plenty of nurses informed the apparently naive Behar that nurses do in fact wear stethoscopes.
The co-hosts later apologized, but the damage was already done. Three major sponsors pulled their advertisements from the talk show, reports Fox News. Collins insists her comments were "taken out of context," but that didn't seem to convince viewers.
Not only did she and Behar learn a little bit about the nursing profession, they also learned a valuable life lesson: think before you speak.