Joy Behar, co-host on "The View," is facing heavy backlash after selfishly complaining that the Ukraine-Russia crisis could derail her plans for a European vacation.
What are the details?
Behar on Thursday — the very day Russian forces invaded Ukraine — expressed her concerns that the ongoing conflict might affect her plans to visit Italy for a lavish vacation.
The panel began by discussing the escalating war during the broadcast, prompting co-host Sunny Hostin to express her fears for those Ukrainians who might end up injured or dead due to the ongoing conflict.
"What I also thought about was the fact that estimates are 50,000 Ukrainians will be dead or wounded and that this is going to start a humanitarian crisis, a refugee crisis in Europe," she explained. "We’re talking about 5 million people that are going to be displaced. It’s heartbreaking to hear what is going to happen."
Even co-host Whoopi Goldberg added that the conflict was "so disheartening."
"The people in Russia, they don't want this war," she added. "[Putin] wants it because he's trying to hold on."
Behar, however, appeared to care little for human suffering, casualties, and displacement and said that she was concerned that her trip to Italy might be derailed.
"Well, I'm scared of what's going to happen in Western Europe, too. You know, you plan a trip, you want to go there," she attempted to reason. "[I wanted] to go to Italy for four years. I haven't been able to make it because of the pandemic — and now this. It's like, what's going to happen there, too?"
What was the reaction?
Much of social media condemned Behar's remarks.
Leading the criticism was Barstool Sports writer Kevin Clancy, who castigated Behar for her apparent selfishness.
"The true horror of the worldwide pandemic and Russia invading Ukraine? Joy Behar hasn't been able to take her trip to Italy," Clancy wrote on Twitter. "Thoughts and Prayers for Joy. We hope she makes it through this tragedy."
New York Post and Fox News writer Karol Markowicz added, "Did Putin even stop to think how his invasion would affect Joy Behar's trip to Italy?"
Washington Times columnist Tim Young spat, "Joy Behar is elitist trash."
He later added, "Joy Behar is the perfect liberal Karen... she doesnt care about people getting killed in Ukraine, just that this might interrupt her trips to Italy."
A widely liked tweet from user Joanne Mason read, "God grant me the absolute confidence and egocentricity of Joy Behar complaining that a war ruined her vacation plans while the bombs are still literally dropping."
Even Behar fans turned their backs on the co-host over the remarks.
One user wrote, "She sounded so damned entitled when she said that and I actually like her."
"I'm old and say dumb stuff sometimes too, but holy hell, she was being just startlingly oblivious," another user added.
Twitter user Sarara chimed in, "Can you even imagine being so privileged, so removed from reality, so far up your own colon that you’d respond to a massive humanitarian crisis by complaining about your hypothetical vacation being disrupted? Seriously, what the hell @JoyVBehar?"
Behar has yet to issue a clarification or apology for the offending and insensitive remarks.