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“The View” Debates Ellen DeGeneres’ Tweet About Katy Perry’s Boobs

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On Friday’s “The View,” the co-hosts debated Ellen DeGeneres’ tweet about Katy Perry’s boobs, and whether it constitutes sexual harassment. Watch the video below.

For Perry’s birthday on Wednesday, DeGeneres tweeted an old photo from the 2013 Grammys, in which she is staring at the singer’s boobs. Perry is smiling and the comedienne’s wife, Portia de Rossi, is laughing. DeGeneres wrote in the caption, “Happy birthday, @KatyPerry! It’s time to bring out the big balloons!” The talk show host immediately faced a social media backlash, with many arguing it would be branded inappropriate and sexual harassment had a man done the same photo and message.

Now on the ABC talk show, Whoopi Goldberg said to her colleagues, “People are asking, if a guy did that, would we be okay with that?” Sara Haines immediately came to DeGeneres’ defense, pointing out, “That’s a play off some of her lyrics in a song [‘Birthday’]. As you can see from the faces in the picture, they’re all laughing at the joke. I think it’s important not to confuse a moment among people who are comfortable with power plays and using sexual acts for favors.”

Haines also argued that the photo, since it features a gay couple, helps normalize their sexuality to show “they’re just like us.” She insisted, “This is okay. This is normal. The good in this picture is important… This picture to me does more good than bad.”

Paula Faris only partially agreed, saying, “It’s important to note all three of them were in it together. All three of them are friends. You’re not feeling intimidated or assaulted… [But] if a guy were to do that, I would feel intimidated.” And Sunny Hostin declared, “I wouldn’t like it. I think if a guy did this, I think we would be all up in arms given the current environment, where we are finally as women coming forward… I just never think sexualizing or objectifying a woman is ever funny.”

“I don’t like it either. I’ve had this done to me,” shared Meghan McCain. “If Katy Perry’s like ‘whatever, I’m a pop star, I’m okay with this,’ fine, whatever.” But McCain didn’t think DeGeneres and de Rossi’s sexual orientation plays any role, and saw the outcry as part of the “hypersensitivity” going on right now due to scandals involving Harvey Weinstein and others, including political author and analyst Mark Halperin. “I’m relieved that we’re finally having these conversations… I’m happy we’re finally calling them out,” McCain said of the exposed men, adding, “We are at a tipping point right now and you better start behaving like the gentlemen I hope your mother raised you to be.”

Goldberg, meanwhile, fell in the middle of the DeGeneres debate. “It’s bad timing. Because we all know Ellen. What we’re talking about and what she’s doing is two separate things… If it was a guy and this was put out, would we have a different standard? And it seems like we’re split,” she acknowledged. She went on to argue, “I think the most important thing here is women have now made it dangerous for men to behave that way. There’s a danger of you losing everything. That’s what it takes.” She also pointed out, “There will be times when there will be mistakes made, so there are times when we have to be diligent so we’re not sucking up [innocent people].”

“I agree it’s really bad timing. I don’t like it,” responded McCain. “But there’s a big difference between a photo on social media and sexually assaulting a woman in a hotel room. I think we’re blanketing it too much into one thing. It’s not the same thing.” Check out the video below.

 


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