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‘The View’ has been in the media a lot recently due to the offensive things the hosts are candidly saying on the air. They get press strictly on the ridiculous things they say on the show, therefore the entertainment aspect kind of goes down the drain.
On Thursday, the show was a day of hot topics, with the women discussing many different headlines in the media. One of these headlines included the fact that Donald Trump, Republican candidate, has lost weight on the campaign trail. This caused co-host, Paula Faris to feel the need to defend her ‘fit’ self not ‘thin.’ This caused the initial conversation on weight on the air, but apparently the ladies were discussing eating disorders before the show started back stage. Joy Behar and Michelle Collins, also the two that said that nursing was “not a real talent,” brought up eating disorders, in a way that seemed to be an alternative method of weight loss.
Now, I understand that the ladies were discussing eating disorders in almost a comical matter back stage. But does that make it ok to say?
Joy Behar said, “We were discussing backstage whether it’s better to be bulimic or anorexic.” Then Collins said something about the fact that bulimia is better because it lets you eat the food first, making it preferable over anorexia.
Now, during this part of the show, you could tell the audience and may be even the crew felt uncomfortable with this type of banter on the show. Co-host Candace Cameron Bure stopped the conversation from rolling by saying she had suffered from an eating disorder and it’s no joke, a moment for reason on the show.
E! has the best overview of the conversation so here it is,
E!: Faris said she could relate to the story about Trump’s accidental weight loss. “When you guys are really busy, though, do you take the time to eat, or do you end up eating a lot late at night and gaining weight,?” she asked. “I know that I kind of forget to eat during the day, and then I’ll have a huge meal at the end.”
Behar: “That is such a lie. I see you eating all the time.”
Faris: “I said when I’m super, super busy,” Faris replied.
Behar: “I see her eat all day long, and she’s skinny. That’s why we hate her.”
Faris: “Don’t hate me!”
Cameron Bure: “Don’t hate Paula because she’s beautiful.”
Faris: “You’re sweet.”
Behar: “And skinny!”
Faris: “I’m not skinny. I am not skinny. I am thin, I would say. But I think there’s a big difference.
Collins: “Is there a difference between skinny and thin? Because I’ve never been that in-between area.”
Faris: “Thin is healthy. Thin is healthy.”
Collins: “Skinny’s not healthy?”
Faris: “Not always.”
Collins: “Ooh, girl, they’re gonna come for you for that, I’ll tell you that right now.”
A few minutes later after Faris had apologized.
Behar: “We were just discussing whether it’s better to become bulimic or anorexic backstage. What do you girls think?”
Collins: “Definitely bulimic. You get to enjoy the meal.”
Cameron then added, “Please know that while this is in jest, as someone that has dealt with an eating disorder, I don’t want to make light of anyone that has it. Just know that everyone. No, but this it’s a disease. I think I can joke about it because I’ve been there.”
And of course, probably realizing how much they screwed up, after the commercial break, Behar offered an apology for those who were offended.
“You know, we always offend someone on this show. We’re always in trouble- the comedians, in particular, are always in trouble…. We upset some people. We understand that bulimia is a serious illness. We’re just trying to have some fun over here.”
Okay, so though I do see where the context was taken out of this conversation. I understand the humour in what they are saying, but I watched this unfold on Thursday morning, and was really uncomfortable when Behar and Collins spoke about eating disorders. But what really made me uncomfortable was when Cameron Bure said she could make fun of it because she has been there before. To me, and probably most of the world, eating disorders are not funny, and in any context cannot be made to be funny. Therefore, it is not the fact on how they said it, but the fact that it did make it in the conversation and it was automatically deemed as humour because of the two comedians talking about it. We need to stop excusing celebrities of saying terrible things on television just because they are famous and on talk shows. This conversation should have never happened.