The View co-host Joy Behar is facing a fierce backlash over a remark she recently made that was seen by many as patronizing toward Black Americans who are hesitant about getting vaccinated for COVID-19.
During a recent episode of the ABC talk show, Behar quipped that white Americans were “the experiment” in the rollout of the COVID-19 vaccines, and that Black Americans should therefore be comfortable receiving a shot.
According to the Daily Caller, Behar went on to discuss what could be done to convince more Americans — particularly Blacks — to get vaccinated, arguing in part that “fear” could be a useful tool.
“So many white people have gotten it”
Co-host Sunny Hostin asserted that unvaccinated Americans are holding the nation “hostage” and should be “scared into” getting the shot.
Behar chimed in that she understands why many Black Americans do not trust government-enforced mandates, citing the Tuskegee Syphilis Study in which Black men were used to study the effects of untreated syphilis.
“I don’t blame that community for being skittish about it, but I say that so many white people have gotten it now, you know, the experiment has been done on white people now,” she said, according to the Daily Caller.
“If you don’t see them with doubled heads”
If the vaccines were unsafe, the panel reasoned, then white Americans would not agree to take them, either.
“White people are getting it,” co-host Whoopi Goldberg reportedly remarked. “If you don’t see them with double heads, it’s OK.”
Of course, Americans of all races have voiced skepticism about the rapidly created vaccines, based in part on the rare but serious side effects that have prompted some governments to limit vaccine administration. Nevertheless, Behar and Goldberg appear to believe that the shots and the so-called experts relentlessly pushing them should be immune to scrutiny.
Furthermore, some viewers found it patronizing for Behar to assume that she can relate to the concerns of Black Americans. In fact, it appears that rich, white liberals like her appear to view the vaccine as something of a status symbol.
Her constant haranguing does not appear to be persuading anyone, though. Unvaccinated NBA star Jonathan Isaac, for example, recently declared: “I don’t believe that being unvaccinated means infected or being vaccinated means uninfected.”