When Elisabeth Hasselbeck took shots at ESPN’s Erin Andrews and her skimpy Dancing with the Stars outfits yesterday on The View, it was the first shot fired in what had the potential to be the most irritating celebrity feud of 2010. Instead, it drove both women to tears: Andrews privately, and Hasselbeck in a tearful apology that made for some surreal TV– even for The View.
Hasselbeck suggested that Andrews’ revealing outfits showed an absurd lack of judgment in light of recent legal issues with a stalker, half-jokingly arguing that if she were the stalker, “I’m like, ‘Man, I could have just waited 12 weeks,’ a little bit less, without the prison time.” It was perilously close to a “women who wear miniskirts deserve to be raped” argument, and seemed to ignore the fact that dancing ensembles are often tailored to look more revealing than they actually are (see the offending Andrews outfit here). It probably merited some sort of apology or explanation from Hasselbeck, considering that Andrews responded by calling the comments “a slap in the face for victims of stalkers and victims of sexual predators.”
It did not merit this. Hasselbeck’s response was an overly emotional anecdote on how painful it was to explain to her daughter that she implied another woman was a floozy, and that, as a result, “mommy hurt someone’s feelings.” It’s the kind of clip SNL writers pray for before they fall asleep at night. Video below:
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