The View's Joy Behar accused of 'homophobia' over sex joke directed at Carl Nassib after NFL player came out as gay

THE View co-host Joy Behar has been slammed for "homophobia" after making a sex joke at the expense of Raiders defensive lineman Carl Nassib, the first active NFL player to come out as gay.

During Tuesday's broadcast of the daytime gabfest, the panel had been discussing Nassib's historic announcement when Behar asked: "come on it's 2021, is this such a big deal?"


Other hosts, including Ana Navarro, voiced support for Nassib's decision and commended his bravery in coming forward to represent the LGBTQ community.

The panel also pushed back at Behar that the NFL star's announcement, which he made in an Instagram video a day earlier, was a "big deal."

Behar then cracked a joke when explaining that she doesn't know much about football.

"After they said 'penetration in the end zone' the lose me," Behar said.

The crude remark earned laughs from every host except Meghan McCain, a staunch conservative, who was seen grimacing towards the camera in seeming disgust.

While Navarro laughed she sought to cover her ears and shook her head.



Behar continued that she just "doesn't get" why such a fuss is being made over Nassib, insisting his sexuality is "not that big of a deal."

The actress later attempted to walk back her comment, clumsily asking the audience to disregard her remarks without actually apologizing.

"I just long for the days where you can just be gay in the world and it doesn’t become a big deal," Behar said with a wave of her arm.

"That inappropriate joke I made, for daytime television, scratch it, make believe I never said it."

For many on social media, however, the damage had already been done, with dozens of tweets accusing the veteran host of being "homophobic."

"Of all the progress gay men have made since I came out," wrote journalist Jon Nicosia, "our lives are still defined by anal sex 'jokes'."

Another user, who had a Gay Pride flag in their display name, wrote: "Joy Behar is ridiculous today.

"First, sexualizing the first openly gay NFL player and then asking if coming out is really a big deal. WHAT THE F**K?"

"Joy Behar on some real fake ally s**t this morning talking about Carl Nassib…," added a third.

Some even called for Behar's resignation, with at least one viewer said to be weighing legal action if ABC failed to oust the host.

"Joy Behar makes an inappropriate joke about Carl Nassib and just gets to tell everybody to forget she said it after 10 minutes… If that was a Male, OR a Conservative Cancel culture would crucify them… FIRE THAT F**KING HARPY!!!," wrote one.

"Joy Behar should be canceled for making a homophobic statement about a Gay football player. I plan on a lawsuit if she isn't fired. She let her true feelings show," added a second.





Another seethed: "What would happen if a conservative made a statement like this? The media would blow up!"

Some self-described members of the LGBTQ community sought to dispel claims that Behar's remarks were homophobic or offensive.

"Joy Behar made an 'inappropriate' joke while discussing the coming out of NFL player Carl Nassib. As a flaming homosexual, I didn't find her joke offensive. At all," one fan said.

Another similarly added: "Joy Behar made what people are calling 'an inappropriate joke' by saying 'penetration in the end zone', that I, a flaming homosexual, find absolutely funny!"


It's currently unclear whether Behar will face any disciplinary action for the remark.

Nassib came out as gay in a video posted to Instragram on Monday night.

"I just want to take a quick moment to say that I'm gay," Nassib, 28, said in the clip. "Sadly, I have agonized over this moment for the last 15 years."

The five-year NFL veteran thanked his NFL coaches, teammates, and fellow sports stars for offering their support to him.

He went on to say that he feels "especially thankful" to come out and receive so much support when so many who came before him did not.

"I stand on the shoulders of giants, incredible people who paved the way for me to have this opportunity," he wrote.

Additionally, Nassib pledged to donate $100,000 to The Trevor Project, a suicide prevention and crisis intervention organization for LGBTQ youth.

The response to the Raiders star's trailblazing announcement has been overwhelmingly positive, with current and former players commending his courage.

Among those sharing their admiration for Nassib was Bachelor star and ex-football player Colton Underwood, who himself recently came out as gay.

"Send you love and support," Underwood wrote. "This is amazing and huge for so many kids."

A number of NFL stars have previously come out as gay prior to Nassib, but only after their respective retirements.

Roy Simmons, who spent four seasons with the Giants and Washington in the early 1980s, told the New York Times in 2003 he didn’t come while playing because he feared it would be the end of his career.

"The NFL has a reputation,” he said, “and it’s not even a verbal thing — it’s just known. You are gladiators; you are male; you kick butt.”

Missouri star Michael Sam came out as gay before being drafted by the Rams in the seventh round of the 2014 draft.

Sam, who ESPN televised kissing his boyfriend after he was drafted, was on course to be the first openly gay player in the NFL, however, he was cut from the team at the end of training camp.

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