After incurring the wrath of Tweeters and Instagrammers on Tuesday with a misjudged commentary on the Miss America monologue by nurse Kelley Johnson, The View panelists Michelle Collins, Joy Behar, Raven-Symone Paula Faris and Whoopi Goldberg have addressed critics. Most of the anger on social media, which carried the hashtag #NursesUnite, and threats to boycott the program, was directed at Joy Behar, who questioned why Johnson was wearing “a doctor’s stethoscope”. Behar made the seemingly ignorant comment while watching tape of the talent portion of the pageant, during which Johnson gave an impassioned monologue about her job caring for Alzheimer’s patients. Behar’s sorry-not-sorry excuse was she was not paying attention. “I was looking at a Miss America tape and there’s a woman wearing like an outfit,” Behar said. “And I’m thinking, ‘Is she in costume?’ I didn’t know she was a nurse. I’m used to seeing them in gowns and bathing suits. It is not like I was trying to be funny. It was stupid and inattentive on my part.” Collins, who was more conciliatory, gave a shout-out to nurses, insisting the panel “love” and “adore” nurses and suggesting they deserve a raise.
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