The View Hosts Condemn Recent Hustler Photo Scandal With S.E. Cupp
5:45 pm, May 24th | by Sarah Devlin
The View panel had S.E. Cupp in the audience today to talk about her reaction to an explicit, faked photo of her published in Hustler magazine. Whoopi Goldberg rightfully pronounced the image “nasty,” and was outraged that it had been allowed to print. Cupp, though very composed in her remarks, admitted that she had felt ashamed when the scandal broke, almost as if she had actually participated in the acts depicted in the photo.
The entire panel was very much in Cupp’s corner, as they should have been — Joy Behar pointed out that they had known and worked with her for years, and called her a “darling girl” — but Elisabeth Hasselbeck veered just slightly off course. She noted that she had called the headquarters for the National Organization for Women, asking them to condemn Hustler, and they had failed to issue a statement, despite defending various other women when they became objects of scandal. Hasselbeck scornfully referred to them as “the National Organization for Some Women,” but her anger seemed a bit misplaced. NOW has no affiliation with Hustler: why would the onus be on them to condemn the publication?
Cupp, to her credit, focused on the positive response to the controversy, noting gratefully that Sandra Fluke had come swiftly and unequivocally to her defense. You can see the discussion here, via ABC: