Behar and Armisen on SNL
So I got sucked into “The View” this morning, not for the stories, but by the shockingly accurate Joy Behar impersonation Fred Armisen gives on “Saturday Night Live.” How you say, DEAD ON? I mean, SERIOUSLY. Truth be told, I’m not such a fan of Behar; she just seems so angry, and defensive, and harsh–but hey, guess who can also find herself in that territory? Gulp. Still, how great of a sport was Behar for doing the sketch WITH Armisen? For reals.
Also shocking, I gotta say, was Barbara “Babs” Walters’ inability to process what their guest, Hiroshima in the Morning writer Rahna Reiko Rizzuto, was saying about her story as a mother. How do you get to be so successful as a journalist by constantly inserting your own judgment and agenda and NOT listening? The subject matter was painful enough, and it was clear the other co-hosts were trying to get Babs on board with what was being said in the interview.
I’m not the only one. One VIEWer (sorry, too easy) commented on the show’s blog:
I am a mom of two and i am completely offended at Barbara’s constant verbal attack on the author. She clearly formed her own opinion of her before actually listening to her. Never once did she say she did NOT love her children or want them anymore. What she said was she did not want to have children in the first place for fear of losing herself in them and not having her own identity. All mom’s have had a moment or two where they felt like they were drowning in the sea of what it really takes to be a good mom. Next time open your ears and listen before forming your own judgment.
Sigh. If only we’d all ‘open [our] ears and listen’–put me at the top of that list, fo’ sho’. Which, oddly enough, brings me to a bit of surprising wisdom by another guest on “The View,” one Sarah Silverman. I know, I know. The oft-abrupt and offensive comedienne was so tame (for her) and poised (again, for her) on the show, even dressing so for the occasion. I was impressed. Don’t get me wrong: Silverman is incredibly bright, articulate, and funny. She just pushes the envelope too far for me–like inside out. (I’m okay with ‘prude,’ so go ahead.)
Anywho, when asked what she thought about Rizzuto’s story, Silverman was quite gracious and quoted the great Fred “Mr.” Rogers saying, “Fred Rogers once said, ‘There’s nobody you couldn’t love if you heard their story.'”
And with that, my morning was turned a bit upside-down. Stop with your own judgment, ME. BRAVO, Fred. Go on with your fine self, Sarah. C’mon, Babs. Good for you, Joy. And Mr. Armisen, WOW. Just Wow.
I stand (sit) humbled.