So in the past week The View has come down under some serious scrutiny for their derogatory remarks toward the nursing profession made while they were making fun of the Miss America pageant. As the daughter of a nurse, my heart warmed to see the internet come to the defense of one of the most noble professions in the world. Nurses are totally rockstars and everyone knows it now (#NursesUnited, holla!). I didn’t see the clip of what they said until they issued an apology for it (which wasn’t an actual apology, Whoopi Goldberg…). After I watched the clip and the apology, I was disheartened by the fact that everyone seemed to be overlooking the bigger issue.
They did say some thoughtless things about Miss Colorado, who is a nurse. But the whole clip was about the Miss America talent competition and they were tearing these women apart for their amusement. And that was the tragedy. These women, on a show for women, about women and by women, were sitting there tearing other women down. They didn’t just attack nurses, they were mocking brave women, who stood in front of the nation and offered their talents. Why was this necessary at all? I am so sad that they felt the need to make fun of other women who were awesome enough to showcase their talents in a national pageant.
While I think it’s awesome that so many people are supporting nurses (many brands have pulled their advertising from the show, like England’s Best and Johnson and Johnson), let’s take a step back and look at what they were saying. They weren’t just disparaging nurses, they were mocking a group of women who were showing us their best. And that’s the sad thing.