The hosts of “The View” have been known to butt heads, but Tuesday’s episode brought out the highly confrontational side of Elisabeth Hasselbeck’s personality that she’s kept under wraps as of late.
Hasselbeck began to clash with co-host Joy Behar when the conversation turned to the homophobic quotes made by former “Growing Pains” star Kirk Cameron during an interview with Piers Morgan. Cameron, an evangelical Christian, told Morgan, when asked for his thoughts on homosexuality, “I think it’s unnatural, I think it’s detrimental and ultimately destructive to so many of the foundations of civilizations… Just because you feel one way doesn’t mean you should act on everything you feel.” (Watch Above.)
Upon hearing these comments, Joy, who has been an outspoken advocate for gay rights, said, “Why don’t these people who are homophobes stop watching ‘Glee’? You don’t like it, you don’t want to do it, fine. Why do they have to speak out against people who are just living their lives? … Shut up about it.”
An incensed Elisabeth jumped on Behar’s words, responding, “I had him on my walls from Tiger Beat magazine growing up… I am also a Christian. I don’t agree with him there at all. I have a very different way of thinking, but I do believe the beauty of this nation that is he can, upon being asked or his free will, stand up and say what he believes. And why are you telling him to shut up?”
“Because he says it all the time and it’s a very destructive thing to say,” said Behar. “You’re talking about people who are trying to live their lives the way God created them.”
Obviously upset, Hasselbeck quipped, “Are you for free speech or just speech when you agree with it? Clarify!”
As she so often does, Barbara Walters assumed the role of mediator, likening their conversation to one they had the previous day regarding Rush Limbaugh’s attack on Sandra Fluke.
“It’s the same kind of discussion we were having about Rush Limbaugh,” said Walters. “If you have an unpopular opinion and you express it because someone asked you about it, you have the right to have that opinion, whether we agree or not.”