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If you had heard that a TV host made an anal sex joke about Carl Nassib one day after he became the NFL’s first active player to come out as gay, you’d wonder about the severity of the host’s punishment. Were they fired, suspended, or just forced to apologize for 12 straight months?
How about none of the above? Must be an angry Leftist, I think I heard you say. Your instincts are spot-on.
When discussing Nassib’s announcement on The View, the always cringeworthy Joy Behar went for a laugh:
Yikes! This joke from Joy Behar during a discussion of the first active gay player in the NFL.
"After they said penetration in the end zone, they lost me!" pic.twitter.com/GJgqTtL5yO
— Justin Baragona (@justinbaragona) June 22, 2021
“You know, Ana, after they said ‘penetration in the end zone,’ they lose me,” Behar said. Her co-hosts pause for a second before laughing themselves. The entire scene is about as awkward as it gets.
Jokes have been labeled homophobic for far less. But unlike those before her, Behar got away with a weak, inauthentic excuse.
“That inappropriate joke I made, for daytime television, scratch it, make believe I never said it,” Behar later said right before cutting to commercial.
Hmm, so she does not even have to give an apology.
As readers of mine know, I’m the last person to call for a person’s job or an apology. I’m busy calling out double standards. (If I miss any, let me know. There are only so many hours in a day.)
People lecture us about “white male privilege” so often to distract us from those who are actually privileged: the highly-paid professionals whom decision-makers and critics are afraid to criticize at the risk of being labeled racist or sexist. Joy Behar is one such sacred cow.
How do we know Joy Behar is privileged? Imagine the public reaction had Tucker Carlson, Joe Rogan, Ben Shapiro, Will Cain, Dave Portnoy, or Greg Gutfeld made an anal sex joke the day after Nassib announced he is gay.
With her strange ideas and even stranger sense of humor, Behar would lead the way in demanding such a person step down. Behar recently suggested that all students repeat this past year of school and that someone should kidnap Tucker Carlson, tie him up, and leave him in a corner.
She’s hateful, cringeworthy, and possibly homophobic. Yet, ABC is thrilled with Joy Behar’s performance anyway.