Sexist Flap: Should Elisabeth Hasselbeck Be Angry at Bill Maher?

5 years ago

I did not watch The View yesterday. Did you?

But apparently I missed quite the spat between Real Time host Bill Maher and The View’s conservative co-host Elisabeth Hasselbeck. Who confronted Maher over a joke the comedian made last February about her and CBS News correspondent Lara Logan, suggesting that Egypt trade Logan, who was then being held hostage, for the less hot Hasselbeck.

Hasselbeck was still angry. And the fight consumed most of the show. Much to the chagrin of Joy Behar and Barbara Walters. At one point, Walters tried to calm a perturbed Hasselbeck by recalling all the Baba WaWa jokes she’d had to endure.

But Hasselbeck was not amused. Or mollified.

Anyway, the drama continues. On David Letterman, Maher made more jokes about Hasselbeck saying, "I was abused. I felt like a teenage boy at Penn State." Explaining that Hasselbeck "had some kind of bug up her ass." Then today Fox & Friends weighed in with Gretchen Carlson calling Maher's comment "stupid" and demanding a boycott of his new book.

It’s all a bit much.

In any case, I have questions for you: Was Maher being a sexist jerk? Or just doing what comedians do, which is make fun of public figures and try to drum up attention? Was Hasselbeck making a mountain out of a molehill when she commandered The View for her own personal grudge match? Or was she justified in calling Maher out? And why did most of the media get a key fact about Logan’s sexual assault wrong? Thereby confusing matters even more?

I'll be eager to hear your thoughts!

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