Fans Are Getting Fed Up With ‘The View’ Being Too Political After McCain and Goldberg Battle
According to Wikipedia, The View is “a daytime talk show hosted by women” and “offers tips on beauty, fashion, diet, and relationships.” The show was created by Barbara Walters in 1997 and currently includes co-hosts Whoopi Goldberg, Joy Behar, Sunny Hostin, Meghan McCain, and Abby Huntsman. But what was once a lighthearted, fun show hosted by women is becoming a constant political debate that many viewers can’t stand.
After the highly publicized argument between Goldberg and McCain, fans are more annoyed than ever. Was ABC’s The View ever meant to become so political?
The hosts have radically different opinions
Part of the issue on The View is that some of the hosts have wildly different political leanings, which can become an issue when they’re discussing current events. No one is willing to back down or hold their tongue when it comes to expressing their opinions.
But this can become problematic, especially during heated discussions. McCain recently was trying to talk over a co-host, which caused Goldberg to intervene and say to McCain, “Girl, please stop talking! Please stop talking right now!”
Goldberg and McCain clarified that the women ‘fight like family’
After the incident, Goldberg explained to the audience that even though the hosts fight sometimes, deep down they respect one another even if it doesn’t always seem that way.
At the beginning of the next episode, Goldberg said, “…Things can get a little heated, and sometimes we’re not as polite as we could be, and that’s just the way it is.”
McCain said, “I love you very much,” to Goldberg. “We fight, we’re like family.”
Politicians have started taking ‘The View’ seriously
Plenty of political hopefuls have made appearances on The View, but it wasn’t until recently that they started seeing the move as a potential boost for their campaign. “They thought we were a bunch of ladies who lunch,” Behar told The New York Times. “Now they come on because we’re influential.”
And part of it is because the show can be both serious and funny, which helps portray the candidates as more down-to-earth. Behar claims that Hillary Clinton only appearing on the show once during her campaign was “a mistake.”
“Her people who kept her away from this show should have been fired,” Behar told NYT.
The show suffered without political discussions
While The View has been through several host changes and different focuses over the years, one thing is for sure — the format thrives with debate, and political conversations pull in more ratings. NYT reported that these days, about 60% of the program is devoted to politics. But that’s giving the people what they want.
Not every fan is thrilled with the current bickering on The View, however. After the argument between Goldberg and McCain, viewers flocked to Twitter to express their displeasure.
Most were critical of McCain loudly talking over everyone else at the table. But others were sick of the political banter in general. They wish the show would return to a more amicable, less contentious format that didn’t turn into a daily fight.
In other words, can’t we all just get along?