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“The View” Defends James Corden, Slams Mayim Bialik Amid Harvey Weinstein Controversy (VIDEO)

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On Monday’s “The View,” the co-hosts mostly defended James Corden and slammed Mayim Bialik. Both have been criticized during the Harvey Weinstein controversy. Watch the video below.

As Gossip Cop reported, on Sunday Corden apologized for making jokes about Weinstein after victim Rose McGowan and others ripped him for using the serious situation for comedy. On the ABC talk show, Whoopi Goldberg said the scandal is “putting Hollywood in a catch-22. First celebs and late night hosts were slammed for being silent. Now they’re not having much success talking about it either.” After showing video of Corden’s jokes, Goldberg said, “Lot of people, including Rose McGowan, expressed their outrage over this. So what do you do? You’re in a catch-22.”

Remarked Sunny Hostin, “Last week, everyone was saying the late night hosts didn’t mention the Weinstein scandal, but 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.'”

Joy Behar noted, “Rose McGowan particularly picked on, singled out Corden. I don’t think it’s appropriate to attack comedians. We’re on the right side of things. The comedians are there to say the emperor has no clothes. We’re important people right now. I don’t know why attack comedians… It’s interesting she only went after Corden. Kimmel made a joke, Oliver made a joke, ‘SNL.'” Sara Haines also noted, “And she used not productive language. She called him a ‘piglet.’ She made fun of his weight.”

Behar argued, “There is a difference between making a joke about the accuser and the person who is the pig in this situation, in this case Harvey Weinstein. You’re making the joke about Harvey… You don’t attack the victim. You shoot up, not down when you’re a comic, if you’re a good comic. That’s basically what they’re doing. I don’t see them making a joke about the victims.” Haines also insisted, “It’s a very benign joke because the only human in that is Harvey Weinstein being shamed. There’s no victim. So I thought he even tastefully walked the line of not coming down. I always say comedians make us laugh in times when we need to more than ever. I look for those moments.”

“I didn’t laugh at it, though,” admitted Meghan McCain. “I’m not a comedian but I’ve worked with comedians in the past. I think whether or not you laugh at something will make a difference. I didn’t find it funny. I don’t agree with what Rose McGowan said in her verbiage, but I didn’t think it was funny at all. I did think ‘SNL was’ very funny. I laughed out-loud at ‘Weekend Update.’ So maybe that’s the difference.”

Goldberg told her, “You have to keep in mind humor is objective. What makes me laugh may not make you laugh, may make her laugh, may not make her laugh. You never know. James put his toe in the water to try to start that part of it. You can’t have it both ways. You can’t kvetch and say, ‘why aren’t you doing it,’ then say when folks are doing it, ‘I don’t like the way you did it.’ You have to make a decision. This is not going to stop. This is going to keep going.”

McCain responded, “I just know when I watched it, I didn’t think it was funny. I kind of groaned at it. There are comedians who are particularly adept at social commentary, Jon Stewart being of them.” She wondered, “Had Bill Maher or Joy or Whoopi done it, would it have been taken in a different format than him?” Goldberg again stressed, “It depends on who thought it was funny.”

The moderator then brought up Bialik’s recent op-ed, in which she said she dresses modestly and doesn’t act flirtatiously with men, thereby making herself less of a target for sexual assault. “People are accusing her of victim-blaming, [but] is she just mildly ignorant?” asked Goldberg. Replied Haines, “I think it’s ignorant. I do like a lot of what she writes and I do believe she didn’t intentionally mean to shame victims. But this is the part of the narrative that’s so dangerous, perpetuating that abuse is about beauty, about sexual intimacy, about sex at all, about any of that. It has nothing to do with looks.”

She continued, “Assault and predatory behavior make no discrimination. The only things the victims have in common is a powerlessness in the situation. It doesn’t matter what you look like.” Added Hostin, a former federal prosecutor, “I’ve said it over and over and over again. I had to say it when I was dealing with these kinds of cases. Victims often time blame themselves. ‘Maybe if I didn’t wear that, maybe if I didn’t go to the room, maybe this or that.’ But I often said, ‘This is not about you. This is about him. He wanted to take power from you. This is about power and anger.'” She added of Bialik, “I was surprised at sort of the tone-deafness of her op-ed because she spoke a lot about physical beauty.”

McCain was particularly insulted by Bialik’s stance, asking incredulously, “So if I want have some bourbon and tie one off and have a good time and flirt, that is an invitation of sexual assault?” Goldberg pointed out, “People are sexually assaulted fully clothed. Nuns have been sexually assaulted… I think, perhaps because she lives a different kind of life, for her that’s what it’s based on. I think it’s ignorant.” Said McCain, “It’s shaming people like me.”

Haines, who read a statement from Bialik clarifying her opinion, concluded, “I think she had good intentions but it came off ignorant.” Watch the full video below.

 


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