“The View” Debates: Kendall Jenner To Blame For Pepsi Commercial? (VIDEO)

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The View Kendall Jenner Video

By Shari Weiss |

The View Kendall Jenner Video


“The View” co-hosts on Thursday debated Pepsi pulling its controversial Kendall Jenner commercial and whether Jenner should be held responsible. Check out the video below.

As Gossip Cop reported, Pepsi’s Jenner ad came under fire for seemingly suggesting that peace between protesters and police can be achieved simply by exchanging a can of soda. “The View” panelists largely slammed the commercial on Wednesday’s show, though Whoopi Goldberg and Joy Behar came to Jenner’s defense. A few hours later, the company announced it was pulling the spot and apologized for causing offense.

Now on the ABC talk show, Goldberg said one of the few things uniting America right now is that “everyone and their mama hated that Pepsi ad.” She then noted that Jenner is still under fire, as many have said she shouldn’t have participated in the project in the first place. Goldberg again defended the model.

Explaining how it was likely pitched to Jenner, the moderator said, “If you’re 19 or 21, you think it’s a great thing [on paper] because you think it’s doing something… [But] they don’t know history. They don’t know what they’re looking at.” Jedediah Bila responded, “I’m surprised, though, that the team around her didn’t ask more questions.”

That prompted Sunny Hostin to exclaim, “I just don’t know how good it could’ve looked when the [plans] had the police line and she was walking up to the cop with the Pepsi.” Goldberg noted, however, the original symbolic inspiration for the commercial, and pointed out, “Just because people do it doesn’t mean it’s going to work.”

But Hostin still wasn’t ready to let Jenner off the hook. “She’s been schooled in the business because she started on ‘Keeping Up with the Kardashians’ at 12. This is a family that has made millions of dollars based on being just famous.” And, referring to backlash Jenner and sister Kylie have received for wearing cornrows, the former prosecutor said, “She already had a taste of controversy… I think she should’ve known better.”

Sara Haines thought, though, that Jenner’s sheltered, fame-focused life is exactly why she likely considered the project just a “dream for her” and didn’t have the “social awareness” of potential consequences. Goldberg then became angry, insisting this wasn’t really an issue of cultural appropriation. “It’s just a bad commercial… It’s starting to make me crazy,” she declared.

The moderator went on, “There are some things where you can say, hey, you need to be more sensitive. But this ain’t one of them. This is [just] a bad commercial that didn’t work..” Watch the full discussion below, including Goldberg’s rant at the end.

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