Joy Behar, co-host of ‘The View,’ advises everyone to visit their families for Thanksgiving to “see what happens.”


Joy Behar, co-host of ‘The View,’ recommends that everyone visit their families for Thanksgiving to’see what happens.’

The View viewers are divided on Joy Behar’s Thanksgiving advice.

This year at Thanksgiving, the ABC daytime show panelist advocated for bringing politics and religion to the dinner table, arguing that LGBTQ(plus) people should use the occasion to come out to their families.

On Wednesday’s episode of The View, moderator Whoopi Goldberg joked that if you bring up politics at Thanksgiving dinner, you should do so at the very end so you can get up and leave right away.

In response, Behar stated that she believes it should be a more open topic.

“At Thanksgiving, I like to talk politics.

Yes, I believe that.

Regarding her own Thanksgiving celebration, Behar said, “I’m interested in the subject.”

“They always say don’t talk politics or religion,” says the narrator.

What is more important than those? Those are fascinating subjects.

“Are you going to check on Grandma and see if she’s still ovulating?”

“And may I suggest – I’d like to suggest that everyone out there come out to your family this Thanksgiving,” Behar continued.

“Come out of your shell.”

See what happens!” The rest of the panel was taken aback by Behar’s challenge, and Goldberg asked her to explain herself.

“Come out as a gay person.

Come out if you are gay.

“Be your authentic self,” Behar clarified.

“Now that I’m older, I realize life is short because it went by so quickly (snaps).”

My life philosophy is that you should be yourself.”

People on social media were split on how to take Behar’s advice, with some pointing out that coming out is a deeply personal experience that can put the person doing so in danger.

One person tweeted, “Coming out is not something you tell people to do while smiling.”

“It’s a very personal and emotional decision.”

‘You should just come out on Thanksgiving,’ you say, in a glib and reckless manner.”

Another person inquired, “So, is Joy going to take care of all the people who come out and are abandoned by their families?”

Others thought Behar’s message of living life openly and proudly was inspiring.

“Joy was on fire today! Come out!”

One Twitter user said, “Be yourself.”

“It was Thanksgiving.

Don’t live your life for the approval of others; instead, live it for yourself.

…As someone who has been around for a while, I can attest to the fact that this is all sound advice.


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