The co-hosts of “The View” praised the digs taken against President Donald Trump at the 51st Country Music Association Awards by Carrie Underwood and Brad Paisley Wednesday night as “very brave.”
The comments came during a segment Thursday as they played part of a video from the show that mocked the president’s tweeting. Interestingly enough, they did not include the portion of the song that slammed Hillary Clinton for returning to the stage with her tell-all-memoir. (RELATED: CMAs Get Political, Mock Trump And Clinton)
“Remember what happened back in the day when the Dixie Chicks did something and the Bush people…country music people,” Joy Behar explained. “They black balled them. I give them a lot of credit. There was one title they didn’t do that got nixed. How does this go? ‘I’m so indicted.’ They were going to do it. Huey lewis and the Fake news was another one. There was a limit to what they would allow.”
“I got to say they were having a little bit of fun,” Whoopi Goldberg interjected. “I don’t think it took away from the show.”
“No, it’s very brave, I think. It’s great,” Behar responded.
“It’s really brave,” Sunny Hostin shared. “I remember in 2003 when the Dixie Chicks said I’m ashamed the president of the United States is from Texas. They got a lot of flack for that and they were blacklisted. We talked about it at the table. I think Reba McEntire said she’s not here for to talk about politics, she’s here for her fans, for an escape. I can kind of see both sides. When you’re listening to music you want to be able to separate politics out.
“Music is a refuge for conservatives,” Meghan McCain said. “You can’t get any celebrity endorsements for Republicans. You can always rely on country singers to come out and give a good show. Taylor swift got a lot of heat for not getting involved in the last election. There’s no way to win. If you’re too political, you’re too supportive of Trump, people blacklist you. If you don’t say anything, people blacklist you.”
Later in the segment, Behar called it “dangerous” times because of Trump and suggested “all good people” should speak out.
“I think in these times we are living in, which are serious, difficult, and dangerous, because of the person in the White House, I think it’s incumbent on all good people to speak out if they can,” the co-host shared.
When McCain asked her if she judged Taylor Swift for not getting political, she said she wasn’t judging but just giving a suggestion.