On Monday, The View co-host Joy Behar was angered at the thought of late-night comedians being taken to task for taking punches on Harvey Weinstein, even though they joked for days about Roger Ailes and Bill O’Reilly, conservative figures who faced sexual harassment and sexual abuse allegations.
The commotion began when Behar’s co-host, Sunny Hostin, brought up that comedians couldn’t win on the subject.
Last week, late night hosts were scolded for punting on Weinstein, and Saturday Night Live faced media scrutiny for avoiding the scandal altogether. When James Corden made a joke about Weinstein at a dinner Sunday night, he was forced to apologize.
Hostin was quoted saying, “Last week everyone was saying the late night hosts didn’t mention the Weinstein scandal. But you know they were always making jokes about Roger Ailes and Bill O’Reilly. SNL took a hit for not saying anything. Now you have SNL doing something. You have James Corden doing something, and now it’s, ‘oh, it’s in poor taste, it’s too soon.'”
Other late-night hosts such as Seth Meyers didn’t just avoid Weinstein. Some of them, including Meyers himself, responded to criticism by challenging conservative viewers to change the channel. He proposed that they essentially make the issue into a “you’re with the liberal Hollywood elite, or you’re against us,” ultimatum.
In response, Behar said, “Why? Rose McGowan particularly singled out Corden. I really don’t think that it’s appropriate to attack comedians. We’re on the right side of things. Also, the comedians are there to say the emperor has no clothes. We’re important people right now.”
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