Hey ladies: if you're a victim of a stalker or a sexual predator, Elisabeth Hasselbeck wants you to know you have no right to be sexy ever again.
At least not if your name is Erin Andrews, and not if said sexiness takes place on TV, in the form of dance costumes on Dancing with the Stars.
“For the past three weeks, she's been wearing next to nothing. In light of what happened, and as illegal and as inexcusable as it was for that horrific guy to go in and try to peep on her in her hotel room,” Hasselbeck said. “I mean, in some way if I’m him, I’m like, ‘Man! I just could’ve waited 12 weeks and seen this — a little bit less — without the prison time!’"
And this wasn't just an off-the-cuff verbal faux pas. Hasselbeck brought up the conversation and had prepared images of Andrews' costumes to illustrate her point (though they had somewhat the opposite effect on me — I mean, has she seen what Edyta wears?)
Hasselbeck is known for her unresearched rants and propensity to judge, but that's why they call it The View and not, say, An Informed, Well-Reasoned View. But to compare being followed and spied on naked to wearing skimpy clothes is a bridge too far.
Erin and her Dancing co-stars reportedly watched the video of the View segment together, and Andrews told Access Hollywood that she cried when she saw Hasselbeck's remarks.
Andrews' castmates lashed back at Hasselbeck, particularly partner Maksim Chmerkovskiy, who told Access Hollywood "Clearly this woman has no idea what we're doing here and what this is about. Our outfits are not skimpy, they're well thought out and they have to do with the dance, and if anyone wants to ask me about the costumes I'll be more than happy to explain and explain the origin, where it comes from."
Andrews stayed classy in her response, saying "I think that everyone is entitled to their opinion on the costumes, and the shows, but my main complaint with the incident is that she's a woman and she's a mother, there was giggling, it was made to be a mockery of something that I've lived through this year, my family has lived through, my friends have lived through, we have a convicted felon who's going to jail for this.
"I don't know who's laughing. So I felt like it was a slap in the face for victims of stalkers and victims of sexual predators."
Appropriately chastened, Hasselbeck issued a tear-filled apology on Wednesday's View, telling the story of how she tried to explain to her daughter that she'd "hurt someone's feelings." What Hasselbeck said in her personal apology to Andrews no one knows, but her public apology had some issues.
Hasselbeck, for one, never said that what she said was wrong, nor did she repudiate her statement that appearing scantily clad in public is essentially asking for stalkers. She just felt bad that her opinion on the subject was hurtful to Erin.
And personally, I don't think "I'm sorry you were offended" counts, no matter how many crocodile tears you shed.
Judge for yourself by watching the video.