The women of “The View” had fun mocking some of the Miss America contestants on Monday, but their condemnation of Miss Colorado has sparked outrage in the nursing community.
Instead of singing for the talent portion of Sunday’s beauty pageant, Kelley Johnson from Windsor, Colorado, walked out on stage in her nurse’s scrubs and delivered a unique monologue detailing her experiences in the medical profession with an elderly Alzheimer’s patient.
While the monologue sparked sympathy with many viewers of the ABC broadcast, the following morning Michelle Collins, Joy Behar, Raven-Symoné and Paula Faris mocked her performance.
“The talent, though, I have to say, the woman who won sang opera, and she was incredible. Really good,” Collins said. “But then there was a girl who wrote her own monologue and I was like, ‘Turn the volume up, this is going be amazing, let’s listen.’ She came out in a nurse’s uniform and basically read her emails out loud and shockingly did not win … it was hilarious.
“Why does she have a doctor’s stethoscope on?” Behar asked Collins, who replied: “She helps patients with Alzheimer’s, which I know is not funny, but I swear you had to see it.”
The nursing community definitely have not seen the funny side of the comments, sparking the hashtag #nursesunite in response.
“Reminder to the ladies of the view, my NURSE stethoscope may help save their lives one day #RespectNurses,” wrote one disgruntled Twitter user.
“Ever wonder what 3 million pissed off nurses look like?” asked another.
Miss Colorado ended up being the second runner-up to Miss Georgia, Betty Cantrell, who won the national title, despite being mocked herself on social media for not understanding a question about Tom Brady and the “Deflategate” scandal.
See the tweets below.
— Julianne van kalken (@JKalken) September 15, 2015
Used my very own stethoscope to help confirm time of death today on another RN's patient #NursesMatter
— D (@sharpcheddar) September 16, 2015
— Beth Johnson (@JRAconsults) September 16, 2015
— Bianca Davis (@biancadavis90) September 16, 2015
— DS Kelly (@run4pancakes) September 16, 2015
— Crystal Clingerman (@CClingerman) September 16, 2015
— Mom Probs (@Momprobs7) September 16, 2015
— Bethany Yake (@bbyake) September 15, 2015
— Krista T. (@KT_RN_91) September 15, 2015
— Morgan Brooke White (@Morgan_Brooke18) September 15, 2015
— Nick Glover (@nick_glover) September 15, 2015
— Meredith McCarthy (@MereMcCarthy91) September 16, 2015
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