Earlier this week, we wrote about 22-year-old Kelley Johnson who, as Miss Colorado, was competing for the Miss America crown.
She shocked the beauty pageant world when, instead of singing and dancing in the talent component of the contest, she walked onstage in her nurses uniform and delivered a monologue about her experience with Alzheimers patients.
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In her mind, her talent was nursing – and she wanted to share that with the world. It was grounding, touching and unexpected. So far, so brilliant.
Take a look at her speech:
Then this happened.
US talkshow The View criticised her uniform and the stethoscope around her neck.
“She came out in a nurse’s uniform and basically read her emails out loud and shockingly did not win,” said co-host Michelle Collins. “I was like, that’s not a real talent.
“She helps patients with Alzheimer’s, which I know is not funny, but I swear you had to see it.”
A beauty queen talks about nursing instead of singing for the crown.
Watch The View’s comments below:
Nurses across America were not impressed. A #NursesUnite quickly broke out on social media in support of nurses, that later went viral.
As well, there were personal stories from those who supported nursing:
There was an avalanche of demands forThe View apologise to nurses across the country - and to Kelley.
Eventually, The View team did just that - but not before losing advertisers, including multinational corporation Johnson & Johnson, over their controversial comments.
Co-host Michelle Collins said to viewers: “We love nurses. We adore you. We respect you. You guys are wonderful... You’re the most compassionate people. I was not talking about nurses, we were talking about the talent competition, and it got misconstrued.”
Misconstrued indeed. Moral of the story? Don't mess with nurses, especially those trying to highlight the importance of the industry.