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The Wall Street Journal Thinks The View Is Fun, But Stupid

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The Wall Street Journal has a really, incredibly, way too long article about The View today in which writer Dorothy Rabinowitz likens the show to a riveting guilty pleasure of little importance whose co-hosts have little to no knowledge of the occasional newsy topics they bring up between celebrity gossip. I totally take issue with that, for many reasons. First of all, Ms. Rabinowitz's digs about uninformed co-hosts are made about Whoopi, Joy, and Barbara, but she totally lets Sherri Shepherd off the hook. Sherri! It's almost as though Rabinowitz is kind of siding with her, and going after the others for attacking Sherri for her beliefs. I have to call bullshit on this, seeing as Rabinowitz focused on one episode of the show that aired last week, during which Sherri said that she wouldn't want her son wearing a dress in her home, even if her were gay or transgendered, or Scottish or just playing around.

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It baffles me that Rabinowitz would criticize some of the women on The View for their supposed ignorance about current events, and then call them out for criticizing Sherri's ignorance (or intolerance) about gender-identity issues. (And shit, that's only the tip of the iceberg of stuff Sherri's confused or close-minded about.)

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Furthermore, while The View might not be the sort of highbrow, serious news that someone like Rabinowitz is looking for, there's something to be said about the fact that a show about women discussing current events is not only highly rated, but at this point, a cultural touchstone. In short, how can The View be so trivial, if just one episode is worthy enough of 1,200 words in the Wall Street Journal?

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The point of the article was not Sherri vs. the others. The article meant to expose how "The View," in general, doesn't challenge things that the Wall Stree Journal thinks should be challenged.

The article pointed out that there have been long debates regarding transgenders and gender roles, yet the panel was loathe to say the British teacher was unjustly punished in Sudan. The article said all the panelists agreed the teacher got what she deserved, and they didn't criticize the violent reactions from Sudan's fundamentalists. The writer apparently thinks this is a case of obvious bias, both regarding the situation in Sudan, as well as regarding how healthily they're going to allow certain issues to be debated. They debate over dresses and abortion, but not death threats issued over a teddy bear's name.

I don't watch The View because it's intolerable, and I don't read the Wall Street Journal because I read other stuff, but I didn't see Shepherd being let off the hook. I saw all the women being criticized for not speaking out about issues the Journal thinks should be thoroughly debated. The seriousness of their debates was being questioned, not who's right or wrong among the panelists.

I detest Sherri Shepherd, by the way.