Michelle Collins and Joy Behar from The View may be suffering from Foot In Mouth disease.
During Monday’s show, the ladies of the panel were recapping the Miss America pageant, when co-host Michelle Collins brought up Miss Colorado’s performance during the talent portion. Nurse Kelley Johnson performed a monologue about working with an Alzheimer’s patient.
“She came out in a nurse’s uniform and basically read her emails out loud and shockingly did not win,” Collins joked. “I was like, that’s not a real talent.”
Joy Behar chimed in, asking, “Why does she have a doctor’s stethoscope on?”
Backlash from the nursing community was swift, with nurses using the hashtag #NursesUnite to share pictures of themselves with their stethoscopes.
The View ran an apology the next day, but even it has been poorly received. The scars from the initial wound are still very deep, if you will.
This open letter from a nurse named Rebecca seems to resonate the feelings that many of my friends who are nurses are feeling this week:
I want to assure you and all the women of your panel that when the need arises, and you look up with tear-filled eyes, full of panic, full of fear…into the eyes of the nurse standing at your bedside, you will find that all of your disrespectful comments in that moment, will be forgotten. Because nurses don’t see celebrities…or CEO’s…or homeless bums…or junkies…we only see patients. And time and time again, we put our hearts on the line for every single one of you. Like I said before, that’s just how we roll. I can assure you, our hearts are much bigger than your egos.
Read Rebecca’s full letter here.