Nurses nationwide are taking aim at “The View” after its hosts mocked Miss Colorado, Nurse Kelley Johnson, and her contribution to the 2015 Miss America pageant talent competition.
Sticking out in scrubs and a stethoscope among a plethora of evening gowns, Johnson’s talent was as unique as her outfit. While other contestants sang and danced in glitter and sequins, Johnson, an RN, delivered a poignant monologue about her career as a nurse and one special patient named Joe who helped her see just how important her talent as a nurse truly is. (Click here to learn more about Johnson and to watch her monologue.)
Nurses nationwide were elated by and proud of Johnson’s distinctive performance. Unfortunately, that sentiment quickly turned to anger when “The View” co-hosts Michelle Collins and Joy Behar were seen as mocking Johnson’s speech and demeaning nurses nationwide. Collins gave a pretty serious eye-roll at Johnson’s monologue displaying any talent and Behar asked, “Why does she have a doctor’s stethoscope on?”
Here’s the clip:
Understandably, nurses were upset at the mention of a “doctor’s stethoscope” as it showed a lack of knowledge about what nurses do. Many also took issue with the hosts’ overall dismissal of nursing as a talent.
Many nurses took to social media to share their displeasure with these comments from “The View” panel of hosts — some demanding an apology and others swearing to never again watch the already arguably struggling television show.
Here is one nurse’s post:
There has been a lot of commentary and many opinions shared since Miss Colorado, Nurse Kelley Johnson’s unique talent competition contribution. So, what do you think? Are you proud of Miss Colorado? Annoyed with the ladies of “The View”? Feeling like the whole thing is overblown? We’d love to hear your take in the comments!
Update, September 16, 2015: Co-hosts from “The View” have responded to the backlash from nurses and the #nursesunited campaign. Here’s what they had to say. What do you think of their apology?