Is there some sort of fairness doctrine on the books covering sheer idiocy? Having already fulfilled its shrill, leathery, right-wing douchebag quota with Elizabeth Hasselbeck,** I'm struggling to see what other reason The View might have to bring Sherri Sheppherd into the fold.
Now, I am not so naive as to expect intellectual excellence from The View. No reasonable individual would tune in expecting to see four philosophes debating Kierkergaard. Nonetheless I believe that there exists, or should exist, some line below which the level shouldn't fall. And on a show featuring the daily wisdom of a mental infant like Hasselbeck, it was hard to imagine how the bar could actually be lowered.
After Ms. Sheppherd expressed her belief in creationism, fellow new host Whoopi Goldberg pressed her. Then things got stupid. In a hurry.
WHOOPI GOLDBERG: Is the world flat? SHERRI SHEPHERD: Is the world flat? (laughter) GOLDBERG: Yes.
SHEPHERD: …I Don't know.
GOLDBERG: What do you think? SHEPHERD: I… I never thought about it, Whoopi. Is the world flat? I never thought about it. BARBARA WALTERS: You've never thought about whether the world was round or flat? SHEPHERD: I tell you what I've thought about. How I'm going to feed my child– WALTERS: Well you can do both. SHEPERD: …how I'm going to take care of my family. The world, is the world flat has never entered into, like that has not been an important thing to me. ELIZABETH HASSELBECK: You'll teach your son, Jeffery, right? SHEPHERD: If my son, Jeffery, asks me 'is the world flat,' I guess I would go…
JOY BEHAR: You know, didn't some person already work this question out? I mean, why are we doing this again? (laughter, applause)
Let's overlook, for a moment, the most obviously stupid aspect of her comments – i.e., who really knows whether the world is round? Focus instead on how she responds to Walters' question "You've never thought about…round or flat?"
Why, no! I'm a girl, and girls think about what to cook for dinner!
I was not aware that being a mother and/or a stay-home parent was an excuse for being ignorant of basic science. No, strike that. That's not even science. That's just reality. I'm not sure what aspect of this sad, sad debacle is more degrading:
Thanks, View, for dropping your pants, squatting over our national discourse, and pinching off this brown, sludgy loaf.