Kelley Johnson, Miss Colorado is a new Nurse of six months. Not only is she drop dead gorgeous, talented and intelligent; She is courageous. Rather than choose the safe path and play the piano in a sexy fitted ball gown, she took a risk with a monologue. She chose to use her platform to bring attention to the impact that Nurse have in the world. Unless you have been living under a rock (or away on a mediation retreat) you know that she was mocked by Michelle Collins on The View. Click Here
Collins continued her mockery with condescending tweets (that have since been deleted). In cased you missed them, here you go:
“I mean it is a little funny the hidden anger you nurses possess. I never knew”
“I’m not taking an anti-nurse platform haha. Like everyone prescribe yourselves a Valium and let’s just all relax”
Joy Behar followed up with an ignorant comment about a costume and a Doctor’s stethoscope. After the almighty marketing dollars of Johnson & Johnson and Eggland’s Best dropped their advertising, The View responded with a bit more enthusiasm in their apology and invited Nurses from NYU, Kelly Bryant, Larry Slater to spell out what Nurses really do. See the interview here.
From the conversations on social media, it seems Nurses are not convinced of their sincerity, nor were three more advertisers (Party City, Snuggle and McCormick Spices) who pulled the plug (no pun intended) on The View after Friday’s show.
Meanwhile, over at Ellen Degeneres show, Miss Colorado defends her monologue and gets a little tuition assistance from Shutterfly. Here's the clip.
Like many Nurses, I perform my job in front of a live audience and it is occasionally video taped. As a Labor and Delivery Nurse, that comes with the territory. Like the hosts of The View, I get surprised sometimes and need to improv a fair bit. I would like to think I have a good track record but I’m not perfect. Behar was a teacher before being a stand up comedian. Her niece is a Nurse and she has a Physician’s assistant in the family. She was caught off guard, said something off the cuff and put her foot in her mouth. It likely will not be the last time because she is human and we humans make mistakes.
I’m actually grateful for the train wreck started by Michelle Collins on The View because it has united Nurses nationally and I am inspired to see how powerful we can be when we come together.