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I Call Bullshit on The View

After all the chatter over the weekend, Barbara had no choice but to address the rumored departures on The View.  Right at the top of the show she delegated some schticky countdown to Joy before facing the camera head-on to tackle the speculation around ElisabethBarbara then emphatically stated, “We have no plans for Elisabeth to leave the show.”  Check out the ladies’ faces; they look a little nervous and shifty do they not?  Almost as if they are covering something up…Curiously, Barbara immediately followed the declaration by saying, “Having said that to all of you, Bill and I have always said that when one of you makes the choice to leave that’s your choice and we will support your decision.”  Reading between the lines, I deduce that Hasselbeck is leaving.  They are just going to make it sound like it was Elisabeth’s idea so as to not alienate their heartland audience.  I predict by the end of the season Elisabeth will make her own announcement of imminent departure.  She’ll say she wants to spend more time with the kids or has another project lined up, but we’ll know the truth behind her exit.  A move some are saying has more to do with Frank Langella being outed as the Chicken Pox vector than it does with her political beliefs, but I ain’t one to gossip so you didn’t hear it from me.  If you need more proof, just look at how that indicating bitch is clutching to Barbara for dear life.

Bye Bye Mizz American Pie

Have you heard the rumors?  Different outlets are reporting Elisabeth Hasselback’s chair has been pulled out from under her at The View.  Apparently, market research suggested that Elisabeth was too right-wing and extreme.  Let me clutch my pearls in disbelief. On the heels of Joy’s exit, the timing is interesting indeed.  Two hosts gone, who will replace them?  I vote one slot goes to Mario Cantone.  1) He’s got legacy with the show.  2) He’s very New York.  3) Grande Dame Walters seems to like him. 4) He’s funny.  Regardless of who replaces Elisabeth, it will be a major improvement.  I won’t miss her snapping her jaw across the table like a chained junkyard dog.  However, I do wonder if they are just ignoring the market research that suggests we are all really tired of Barbara.  To truly freshen the show, Walters needs to go.

Joyful Matrimony?

Anybody else find it suspicious that after over 29 years of marriage resistance Joy married Steve two days before View tablemate Sherri Sheperd got hitched?  After decades of cohabitation, the pair could not wait a few more days to avoid stealing Sherri’s thunder?  Was this intentionally bitchy or just bad form?

Battle Hymn of the Tiger Mother

After concluding The Hangman’s Daughter (not great), I wanted to read the controversial Battle Hymn of the Tiger Mother by Amy Chua.  Joy Behar had Chua on her HLN show, and it was abundantly clear Behar had not read the book and was inadequately prepared for the interview.  Maybe if Joy was raised by a Chinese mother she would have come to the conversation prepared instead of publicly humiliating herself with a substandard performance?  Just saying, irony detected.Chua’s 256 page parenting memoir isn’t an instruction manual.  She discusses her own experience applying the Chinese parenting model to her deeply contrasting daughters Sophia and Lulu.  Specifically, the book is about shaping those daughters into piano and violin virtuosos – whether they liked it or not.Hopefully, without further feeding the prone-to-misinterpretation excerpt fire, here are some interesting points from Chua’s Tiger Mother: “Chinese parents have two things over their Western counterparts: 1) higher dreams for their children, and 2) higher regard for their children in the sense of knowing how much they can take.”One of the reasons this book polarizes so many is its heavy reliance on racial and ethnic stereotypes.  Keep in mind Amy Chua didn’t grow up in China, but makes sweeping generalizations about “Chinese parenting,” and extends these generalizations even further to include pretty much all immigrant parents.  She’s painting with broad strokes here, but those experienced in strict immigrant parenting recognize a few authentic similarities lurking amidst the offensive lumping together.“Never complain or make excuses.  If something seems unfair at school, just prove yourself by working twice as hard and being twice as good.” Can anyone really condemn this advice?  Nobody is ever interesting in hearing you complain.“What Chinese parents understand is that nothing is fun until you are good at it.  To get good at anything you have to work, and children on their own never want to work…”Life is basically forcing yourself to do things you don’t want to do.  The sooner kids learn this harsh reality, the better.Chua’s three big differences between the Chinese and Western parenting mindset:

1) “Western parents are concerned about their children’s psyches. Chinese parent’s aren’t.  They assume strength, not fragility, and as a result they behave very differently.”

2) “Chinese parents believe that their kids owe them everything.”

3) “Chinese parents believe that they know what is best for their children and therefore override all of their children’s own desires and preferences.”Chua serves up a sizzling Mom-burn when she tells her temper-tantrum-throwing teen, “There is nothing more typical, more predictable, more common and low, than American teenager who won’t try things.  You’re boring, Lulu – boring.”Much of what Chua has to say is right on, but through her journey she learns that there are limitations to despot parenting.  A short read without much of a conclusion, this book will appeal to folks falling into one of the three categories: 1) parents, 2) children of immigrants, and 3) those forced to endure hours practicing a musical instrument.