The View co-host Joy Behar blasted the 52nd annual CMA Awards last week for not addressing the political climate in the U.S.
CMA co-hosts Brad Paisley and Carrie Underwood stuck to the script by handing out awards to country music’s biggest stars, only straying to address Underwood’s baby reveal.
Behar was not pleased with the awards show avoiding politics in front of a televised nationwide audience.
“I believe that everybody should be involved in politics right now. I really do. I don’t believe that you get a pass just because you’re a performer,” Behar said. “My personal belief is that we are in an emergency. The democracy is at risk, and everybody should be speaking up — everybody.”
Co-host Whoopi Goldberg disagreed with Behar, calling it a “welcome break,” pointing out that sometimes people don’t want to talk about politics on TV. Fellow co-host Sunny Hostin mentioned several country stars who have appeared on the program and said they want to entertain and not talk about politics.
“I know that if I stayed neutral I would make ten times more money than I earn, to tell the truth, but I make the decision to speak my mind and give my opinion,” Behar said without citing any examples of being offered more money if she didn’t vocalize her far-left positions.