As you may have heard, 200 women from across the country and from many different backgrounds held a highly-publicized "nurse-in" at "The View's" studios last week to protest Walters' breast-feeding bigotry. I'm not the biggest fan of the radical "lactivists" -- the whole La Leche scene is a bit too much for me -- but having breast-fed both my children (one for 13 months, the other for six), I completely sympathize with their outrage at Walters' remarks. Nursing a child takes time, dedication, and selflessness. No mother should be made to feel ashamed of that.
Which reminds me: When millions of parents complained about the outrageously inappropriate exposure of Janet Jackson's breast during a sexually explicit Super Bowl performance last year, they were immediately branded as "prudes" by elite liberals in the media. Why aren't those same supposedly progressive commentators bashing the ridiculously priggish Barbara Walters and company now?
Barbara Walters, naturally, cannot comprehend what all the fuss is about: "Nobody here is against breast-feeding," she says with condescending bewilderment. It's all a "misunderstanding." She is now reportedly blaming her hairdresser for the mess. And she has comforted herself by retreating into her sycophantic coven. New mother and "View" co-host Elisabeth Hasselbeck was wildly applauded by Walters' coterie when she announced she was giving up nursing her newborn daughter and switching to bottle-feeding.
No doubt seeking approval from her world-famous, critically acclaimed mentor (who are we to argue with a woman who is listed in the American Heritage Dictionary), the young Hasselbeck confessed on the show that she was "uncomfortable breast-feeding in general."
Working around the nose-crinkling Barbara Walters and her squeamish hairdresser, who wouldn't be?