The View walk off that took place on Thursday is still a hot topic as viewers still can’t believe what happened during an interview with Bill O’Reilly and the five co-hosts of the show. The topic of conversation on Thursday’s episode was the proposed Islamic cultural center near Ground Zero, and the differing opinions between O’Reilly and several of the hosts ended with Whoopi Goldberg and Joy Behar storming off the stage. It typifies trash TV, in the sense that the hosts decided to walk off their own show instead of actually trying to deal with the controversy at hand.
The stunt was something that should embarrass both Behar and Goldberg, not because they were standing up for what they believe, but because they took the approach of walking away rather than actually facing an issue. So what was it that got them so fired up in the first place?
According to the Huffington Post, O’Reilly stated that, “Muslims killed us on 9/11!” It was obviously a very crass statement, but it is the type of comment that O’Reilly uses to make a living on his radio and television programs. It’s as bad as saying that, “Americans blew up the Oklahoma City government building.”
Goldberg and Behar acted like this was the first time they have heard orchestrated hate speech like this and instead of debating it on their own show, they decided to throw up their hands and storm off the set. Not only does this hurt their own arguments, but it also hurts the respect level women get when they share their opinions on issues like politics. Some might respect the two co-hosts for walking off their own show, but that sentiment is really misguided, to say the least. Had they never seen Bill O’Reilly speak before? Did they expect him to say something different than what he has been preaching for years?
Barbara Walters did exactly what Goldberg and Behar should have done, admonishing O’Reilly for the statements he made. She was quoted as saying, “ you cannot take a whole religion and demean them because of what some did.” She is right, but it has been a difficult sentiment for a lot of people to understand. O’Reilly feigned an apology in response, basically stating that he apologized for how people felt.
The View walk-off is something that will probably stick with this show for some time, and it isn’t a good thing for the show to be known for. In a format that tries to promote the voice of women, Thursday’s episode was a horrible example to viewers.