Miss Colorado Kelley Johnson Talks About Her Pride as a Nurse After Being Mocked on The View
It was only a few short days ago when it was the Miss America Organization apologizing to former Miss America Vanessa Williams. Now it looks like another contestant is getting plenty of support and cries for an apology. Miss Colorado, Kelley Johnson appeared on The Ellen DeGeneres Show to talk about her heartfelt monologue about being a nurse and why she stands behind it despite being mocked by the ladies on The View.
Her monologue gained widespread media attention after co-host Joy Behar made fun of her for wearing what Behar called “a doctor’s stethoscope,” during her speech. The reaction from nurses was swift with many calling for a ban of The View. Social media lit up with nurses angry at what they believed was Behar minimizing their roles when it comes to patient care. In fairness to Behar, she is a comedian, and makes her living poking fun. However nurses weren’t having it and demanded an apology, one Behar was happy to give.
In her response she claimed that she did not realize that Johnson was a nurse and that she was not paying attention to what she was watching. She addressed the controversy saying, “I was looking at a Miss America tape, and there’s a woman wearing an outfit with a stethoscope, and I’m thinking is she in a costume? It’s not like I was trying to be funny. It was just stupid and inattentive. I didn’t know what the hell I was talking about.
For her part, Johnson is proud of her monologue and appeared on The Ellen DeGeneres Show where she could count on Ellen’s support. Telling Ellen that many people advised her against the monologue she chose to go ahead because, “I am a nurse and that’s my talent-taking care of people, caring about other people, and so I wanted to give the nurses that don’t have that voice and that recognition of just somebody going up there and being a little bit different and unique.”
She spoke about wanting to keep it real when talking about a patient she cared for with Alzheimer’s saying, “I know that hits home for a lot of people and it’s not something that really easy for people to talk about. And I just thought, you know, I want to be Kelley, and if I’m ever going to win Miss America or win Miss Colorado I want to do it being myself, and I’m a nurse.”
Ultimately her monologue in the talent portion was not enough for the win. She was second runner-up, though she has seen the country rally behind her after being mocked on The View. What did you think of Joy Behar’s apology? Was it enough or have we become a country that cannot take a joke any longer? Will Kelley Johnson continue to rise to fame or are her 15 minutes up? Let us know what you think here at Haveuheard.