“The View’s” Joy Behar was slammed for making a tasteless sex joke after Las Vegas Raiders defensive lineman Carl Nassib came out as being the first active NFL player who is gay.
On Tuesday’s segment of the show, the women of “The View” took on a discussion concerning a video posted on Instagram by Nassib Friday where he leveled with his followers: “I just wanna take a quick moment to say that I’m gay.”
After a lifetime of hiding his sexual orientation, Nassib finally summoned up the courage and was comfortable enough to share it with the world. He also vowed to donate $100,000 of his own money to The Trevor Project, which is a nonprofit that handles suicide prevention and helps LGBTQ youth deal with depression and other issues.
Behar was discussing Nassib’s coming out with Ana Navarro. She asked her if she was surprised that it took this long for an NFL player to admit he was gay. Navarro pointed out that there had to be other players who were also gay but were afraid to admit it.
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“I know that locker rooms are very a toxic place, I remember when [former NBA player] Jason Collins came out. I remember when there was another NFL player who had been drafted — whose name of course escapes me — came out, it was a media circus. It was a really big deal,” Navarro recalled. She also applauded Nassib for donating the money to The Trevor Project.
“He’s cute too. I, like, want to set him up,” Navarro kidded. That set Behar up for her cringe-worthy joke.
“You know, Ana, after they said penetration in the end zone, they lose me,” Behar cracked which got a laugh from every host except Meghan McCain. Oddly, the sole conservative on “The View” was the only one who found Behar’s humor entirely unfunny and disgusting.
Later, Behar awkwardly tried to walk back the joke while not apologizing for it: “I just long for the days when you can just be gay in the world and it doesn’t become a big deal,” she said. She added with a wave of her hand, “By the way, that inappropriate joke I made for daytime television, scratch it. Make believe I never said it.,” Behar stated before cutting to a commercial.
Nassib’s announcement overshadowed the tactless jest by Behar however.
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“What’s up, people? I’m Carl Nassib. I’m at my house here in West Chester, Pennsylvania. I just wanna take a quick moment to say that I’m gay. I’ve been meaning to do this for a while now, but I finally feel comfortable enough to get it off my chest. I really have the best life. I’ve got the best family, friends, and job a guy could ask for. I’m a pretty private person, so I hope you guys know I’m really not doing this for attention. I just think that representation and visibility are so important,” he remarked on Instagram.
“I actually hope that like one day videos like this and the whole coming out process are just not necessary, but until then I’m gonna do my best and do my part to cultivate a culture that’s accepting, that’s compassionate, and I’m gonna start by donating $100,000 to The Trevor Project. They’re an incredible organization. They’re the number one suicide prevention service for LGBTQ youth in America, and they’re truly doing incredible things. Have a great day. Work hard,” Nassib concluded.
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