Worried that you’re not smarter than a fifth grader? It seems that Elisabeth Hasselbeck may have to worry about not being smarter than a daughter who hasn’t yet seen her sixth year on the planet, much less worrying about fifth graders. Elisabeth Hasselbeck sat in judgment on her soapbox on Tuesday’s “The View” and made comments about ESPN sportcaster Erin Andrews’ attire on “Dancing With The Stars” that not only were tactless but insensitive and mean-spirited. The next morning on Wednesday’s program, she wept, telling the audience of “The View” that her 5-year-old daughter told her that if she felt bad about what she said, she should just apologize.
So, amid the tears and the platitudes and the feel-good story of her 5-year-old giving her mother the sage advice she so desperately needed, Elisabeth Hasselbeck apologized publicly for her remarks.
She began the segment on Tuesday’s “The View” talking about Erin Andrews’ costumes, pointing out that the ESPN reporter had been wearing “next to nothing” on “Dancing With The Stars” for the past three weeks. Being conservative, the remarks about Erin Andrews clothes were understandable. But Elisabeth Hasselbeck went a step too far in the eyes of many when she said: “In light of what happened and as a legal [matter] — and as inexcusable as it was for that horrific guy to go in and try to peep on her in her hotel room … I mean, in some way if I’m him, I’m like, ‘Man! I just could’ve waited 12 weeks and seen this — a little bit less — without the prison time!'”
Gabourey Sidibhe, who was a guest on “The View,” was quick to point out that Erin Andrews wasn’t getting paid to have a peeping tom look in her naked in hotel rooms.
For those not ‘in the know,’ Erin Andrews was the victim of a sexual predator in the summer of 2009. Michael David Barrett would eventually be caught, arrested, and prosecuted for making several peephole videos of the reporter naked in different hotel rooms and posting them to the Internet. He was convicted in March for interstate stalking and sentenced to 30 months in prison, a sentence he just started serving in the past few days.
By that evening, Elisabeth Hasselbeck’s statements had caused an uproar. Outrage ran the Internet and celebrity gossip shows on television. Even Erin Andrews said, according to People magazine, that Hasselbeck’s words were “a slap in the face to victims of stalking and sexual predators.” Considering the backlash from her ill-chosen words, it was not a surprise that Hasselbeck apologized Wednesday on “The View.”
She said that her 5-year-old daughter, Grace, noticed that she was sad, discussed the situation with her, and suggested that she call and apologize to Erin Andrews for her words that “hurt someone’s feelings.” So she did. Elisabeth Hasselbeck said she also felt it necessary to make a public apology. So she did, crying the entire time.
But what does it say about a person who implies that it is wrong for a female to wear certain garments and equate that with implied consent to sexual predation? How is wearing a costume on “Dancing With The Stars” and dancing in a competition (and for entertainment) anything like someone unknowingly viewing you naked, invading your privacy, and filming you in a hotel room?
Perhaps Elisabeth Hasselbeck should consult her daughter more often before she goes on “The View” to air her opinions…
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