The View’s Joy Behar cowardly avoids addressing her “blackface” costume

Inevitably ABC’s PR team will get around to creating a response for Joy. It’s her SOP.

From Fox News: ABC News’ “The View” co-host Joy Behar remained stone silent Thursday regarding old footage of her donned in blackface that was unearthed this week as similar images have caused outrage and derailed careers.

Behar did not address the situation during the first episode of “The View” to air after her controversial decades-old image caused an uproar on social media. ABC News did not immediately respond to a request for comment.

Footage of Behar dressing up as a “beautiful African woman” was resurfaced by TheWrap media editor Jon Levine on Wednesday amid a series of blackface scandals making national headlines. The image of a 29-year-old Behar wearing makeup intended to darken her skin was aired on “The View” back in 2016 when the panel discussed the resurgence of naturally curly hair.

The co-hosts appeared surprised by her drastically different look. Raven-Symoné, a former co-host, asked a the time, “Joy, are you black?”

“I was so cute,” Behar said in the 2016 clip. “Joy… are you my auntie, Joy?” Raven-Symoné joked.

Behar then explained that the picture was taken at a Halloween party where she dressed up as a “beautiful African woman” and stressed that it was her actual hair. “Did you have tanning lotion on, Joy?” Raven-Symoné asked.

Behar responded by saying she wore makeup “that was a little bit darker than my skin.”

“I can’t really get too bothered at this blackface-lite costume because it was 1971 and people didn’t even know what microaggressions were. I’m more flabbergasted by her willingness to pull this photo out and proudly show the world as if it’s totally cool in the year 2016,” Jezebel’s Kara Brown wrote after the 2016 segment.

While the 2016 segment didn’t spark much outrage, NBC famously cut ties with Megyn Kelly last year for pondering aloud whether dressing in blackface for Halloween could be acceptable. Media watchdogs quickly hit Twitter to compare Behar’s situation to what ended Kelly’s time at the Peacock Network.

Last week, Virginia’s Democratic Governor Ralph Northam offered an apology after a photograph emerged on his medical school yearbook page that featured a man in blackface and another in a KKK robe. He reversed course the next day, claiming he wasn’t in that photo but did admit to wearing blackface when dressing up as Michael Jackson for a costume contest. Countless prominent politicians on both sides of the aisle have called for him to step down as a result.

Democratic Virginia Attorney General Mark Herring, who had previously called on Northam to resign, released a statement Wednesday that he also wore blackface in college.

Late-night hosts Jimmy Kimmel and Jimmy Fallon, who have both also worn blackface on comedy skits without backlash, have skirted the Virginia Democrats’ blackface scandals in their late-night monologues.

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Auntie Lulu
Auntie Lulu
1 year ago

The thing that shouted loudly in my ear was how Bahar attempted to deflect her behavior by using the words . . . “beautiful African woman!” This was meant to encourage those to heard these words that she was doing the “black face” thing out of admiration, rather than revulsion, or derision. I say she should be treated to the very same response that Megan Kelly got, for just “talking” about black face. I emailed CBS news yesterday and told them she should be fired. There should be ONE STANDARD for how we handle these things. Not one standard for… Read more »

Lana
Lana
1 year ago
Reply to  Auntie Lulu

Very well said Auntie! Indeed it will be interesting to see how this all pans out. Not holding my breath that they will act with any integrity whatsoever, and if so let the lawsuits fly. IMHO I think this whole thing is so petty and silly. I dressed as a an Indian for Halloween and it was one of my favorite costumes as a kid outside of a Cleopatra costume, which I guess you could also say was some form of cultural appropriation! Do Black kids ever dress up as White people like George Bush? Ive seen plenty of the… Read more »

Lophatt
Lophatt
1 year ago
Reply to  Lana

If that was me I’d follow it up with an imitation of Al Jolson’s “Mammy”. Let them scream until their heads explode.

Jackie Puppet
Jackie Puppet
1 year ago
Reply to  Auntie Lulu

Well put, Auntie Lulu – just be sure to email ABC, instead of CBS, although CBS has their own problems. The View & Kimmel are ABC shows.

And yet Rosanne Barr still doesn’t have her TV show.

Dr. Eowyn
Admin
1 year ago

Just another example of the Left’s rank hypocrisy.

Dan
Dan
1 year ago
Reply to  Dr. Eowyn

Their unctuous hypocrisy is too much even for comedy skits. Do you remember Hillary’s jive-talking insult at a black church during her campaign, “Ah doan feel no ways tired/Ahs come too far. . .etc?

ABC is probably frantically lining up the blacks on the payroll to announce that not only is Joy’s blackface OK with them, it actually proves rich old Jewish women are soul people, too.

Lana
Lana
1 year ago
Reply to  Dan

Hillary was supposedly declaring her solidarity with Black people by her nauseatingly phony jive talk, so I guess that doesn’t count. I thought it was one of her most embarrassingly cringe worthy moments.

Didn’t know that Blowhard claims she is Catholic ?! Can you beat that? She could be Bette Midlers’ twin, and in fact has been married twice – both to Jewish men. What are the odds? Joyless is indeed as Jewish as the come.

Lophatt
Lophatt
1 year ago
Reply to  Lana

I agree! She’s as “Catholic” as Cuomo:

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Lana
Lana
1 year ago
Reply to  Lophatt

LOL exactly !

In an era where everyone is so proud to be Jewish, one truly wonders why they continue to try to hide behind alternate identities such as Catholic unless it ‘s because they know that with all the Jewish domination in media and politics it would then become painfully obvious to the most simple minded goy what’s going on.

Lophatt
Lophatt
1 year ago
Reply to  Lana

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Lophatt
Lophatt
1 year ago
Reply to  Lana

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Lophatt
Lophatt
1 year ago
Reply to  Lana

If we had a Pope he’d call them on it. He’s leading the charge to a “New World Religion”. I saw a picture of him the other day kissing an Imam. He was probably giving a “reach around” to a rabbi.

Lophatt
Lophatt
1 year ago
Reply to  Lana

Hillary’s no better than Kamala:

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OperaGhost
OperaGhost
1 year ago

I don’t think it was 1971. That is a bit early for disco era garb, which this definitely looks to be. MHO.

Watertender
Watertender
1 year ago

A turd can be many hues but in the end it is all shit…. From the early 1970’s thru the late 1990’s I was in “blackface” a lot… However I was working in and on coal and oil fired boilers. I guess that makes me ineligible to hold office….

CalGirl
CalGirl
1 year ago
Reply to  Watertender

Love your “take ” on this, Water. Not a lot of people can come at this from your angle, and yet……you are so solid but without most anyone else in the USA today understanding/knowing about your specific experience with this. I just love it when someone outside of the DC Beltway interjects their experiences out there in the “hinterlands” of the REST of the USA. THANKS!

Name*
Name*
1 year ago

Scandal face is real ugly. Fun to watch the bafoons try to quickly rub it off. Forgiveness face is rather pretty. More people should wear it instead of calling for all sorts of laws that throw everyone either in jail or under buses. There was a time that forgiveness face was worn by most everyone. Now a days with Twitbook and Facer it’s easy, convenient, and free to daily paint non-forgiveness face on everyone they please.

Jackie Puppet
Jackie Puppet
1 year ago

Good thing for Gene Wilder, is that he’s dead:

https://youtu.be/JgAxvukW9dA

Lana
Lana
1 year ago
Reply to  Jackie Puppet

I remember that scene well. I thought it was pretty damn funny at the time, and when you actually look at it, Pryor’s character is making fun of Whitey. My how things have changed.