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You might have noticed #NursesUnite trending on your social media feeds this week. This unfortunately stemmed from some controversial remarks made on the daytime talk show The View earlier this week when discussing Miss America contestants from the night before.
During the Hot Topics segment of the show, returned co-host Joy Behar and new co-host Michelle Collins commented on Miss Colorado Kelley Johnson’s talent performance during the pageant. While traditionally, contestants use the portion of the show to showcase their singing, dance, and/or musical talents, Miss Colorado took a new approach. Johnson, who is a nurse, performed a monologue about the hard life of a nurse. She wore her uniform with a stethoscope around her neck.
Consequently, Collins discussed the performance on The View saying, “There was a girl who wrote her own monologue and I was like ‘Turn the volume up this is going to 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.”
Collins added, “I swear to God it was hilarious.”
Behar then chimed in asking, “Why does she have a doctor’s stethoscope on?”
Nurses across America did not take the discussion well. And in turn, Twitter blew up with nurses taking selfies in their scrubs with the hashtag #NursesUnite.
The View, which has only been on the air with the new co-host panel for a couple of weeks, attempted to clear the air following the scandal. Collins confirmed, “I did not know she was a nurse. I’m used to seeing [the contestants] in gowns and bathing suits so it’s not like I was trying to be funny.”
Behar added to the apology (?), “I just was not paying attention. I didn’t know what the hell I was talking about.” Finally she said, “Nurses: We’re at their mercy, let’s face it.”