The View host Joy Behar has been slammed as homophobic for making a crude joke about ‘penetration in the end zone’ and asking ‘is it really that big a deal?’ after Carl Nassib became the first active NFL player to come out as gay on Tuesday.
Behar and her colleagues were discussing Carl Nassib’s announcement on their ABC show when she kicked off the segment saying: ‘I know he’s the first active NFL player ever to come as gay but come on it’s 2021, is this such a big deal?’
Then, after being told by her co-hosts that it was a big deal, she joked: ‘You know after they said penetration in the end zone they lost me.’
Her co-hosts Anna Navarro, Sara Haines nd Meghan McCain grimaced but she carried on, saying: ‘I don’t know that this is such a big deal.’
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Joy Behar and her The View co-hosts colleagues were discussing Carl Nassib’s announcement on their ABC show when she kicked off the segment saying: ‘I know he’s the first active NFL player ever to come as gay but come on it’s 2021, is this such a big deal?’
Behar’s co-hosts reacted differently to her joke. Sunny Hostin kept smiling whereas Meghan McCain’s face dropped. Anna Navarro put her hands in her ears and Sara Haines put her head in her hands
She said that because other athletes in different sports had come out as gay before, Nassib’s announcement – the first from a player who is still playing in the NFL – was ‘not that big of a deal’.
Later, Behar made some attempt to apologize for the crudeness of her joke but she stood by her sentiment that the announcement shouldn’t get as much attention.
‘I just long for the days where you can just be gay in the world and it doesn’t become a big deal.
‘That inappropriate joke I made for daytime television – scratch it. Make believe I never said it. We’ll be right back.’
Twitter users immediately slammed her joke and her comments that it was not such a big deal.
One said it was time for Behar to resign, writing: ‘Gay jokes were NEVER funny. Get a clue’.
Behar was slammed by Twitter users who said the joke was homophobic and not funny
A handful of gay Twitter users said they weren’t offended by her remarks
Las Vegas Raiders defensive Nassib came out in an Instagram video on Monday
Another fumed: ‘What would happen if a conservative made a statement like this? ‘The media would blow up!’
A third user said: ‘Just watched Joy Behar on The View simply dismiss an off color joke about a gay NFL player. Hmm, I guess it’s that easy to brush off homophobic humor.’
A handful of gay Twitter users defended her, saying they weren’t offended.
‘Joy Behar made an ‘inappropriate’ joke while discussing the coming out of NFL player Carl Nassib. As a flaming homosexual, I didn’t find her joke offensive. At all,’ one said.
Another said: ‘Joy Behar made what people are calling “an inappropriate joke” by saying “penetration in the end zone”, that I, a flaming homosexual, find absolutely funny!’
ABC did not immediately respond to inquiries.
Las Vegas Raiders defensive Nassib came out in an Instagram video on Monday.
‘What’s up people, I’m Carl Nassib, and I’m at my house here in Westchester, Pennsylvania.
‘I just want to take a quick moment to say I’m gay. I’ve been meaning to do this for a while now but I finally feel comfortable enough to get it off my chest.
Nassib also announced that he would be donating $100,000 to The Trevor Project which works to prevent suicide in the LGBTQ community
‘I just think that representation and visibility are so important. I actually hope that one day videos like this and the whole coming out process are just not necessary,’ he said.
‘Until then, I am going to do my best and do my part to cultivate a culture that is accepting and compassionate.’
The sportsman said he was donating $100,000 to The Trevor Project, to help LGBTQ youth in America.
He said they were ‘an incredible organization’ and the number one group for suicide prevention among LGBTQ youth.
‘I’m very excited to be a part of it in any way I can. I’m really pumped to see what the future holds,’ he concluded.
He has been universally embraced by the sport.
The NFL tweeted: ‘The NFL family is proud of you, Carl’ and countless players have praised him.