Monday, January 14, 2008
All of the ladies (Babs, Elisabeth, Sherri, Joy and Whoopi) were present for an entire episode of hot topics – which began with a new survey about ménage a trio. Yeah, you read it right – threesome! According to this survey – 23% Americans have engaged in a ménage a trio and of those 23% - ½ of those participants are avid church-goers. With that report, Sherri turned to Babs asking – “have you participated in a threesome?” Babs almost swallowed her tongue – shocked, stunned and surprised by Sherri’s question. But my question; why is Babs surprised by anything that escapes Sherri’s mouth? Sherri is on a mission to embarrass Babs at every turn (which I love). Joy has never engaged in a ménage a trio because she - “refuses to fake it for two people.”
Then the conversation turned to politics (and why not, this is election season) – more specific, Sen. Hillary Clinton’s comment: “Dr. King’s dream began to be realized when President Johnson passed the Civil Rights Act. It took a president to get it done.” (http://thecaucus.blogs.nytimes.com/2008/01/07/civilrights) Joy, a Clinton supporter, defended the remark as Elisabeth deemed it as a dangerous move. Elisabeth further stated that Sen. Clinton’s comment has turned the campaign into a racial issue – which she (Elisabeth) predicted would happen. Sherri was upset because the media is focusing on a “mindless remark rather that the real issues of the country and the candidates platform.” Babs asked if the remark was racist – and all the ladies quickly shot back - “no.”
Leaving politics, the conversation moved to France President Nikolas Sarkozy plans to visit Buckingham Palace with fashion model turned rock star girlfriend, Carla Bruni. Since President Sarkozy and Ms. Bruni are not married – they would not be able to share a bedroom in the Palace. Sherri agrees – if a couple is not married – they would not share a bedroom in her home and she sticks by this rule. Whoopi says a couple should follow the rules of the house. Joy, who has been with live-in boyfriend for 20 years, did not agree with Sherri’s rule. “It’s a form of control.”
Whoopi brought up the “Post Divorce Question” (I’m divorce and I didn’t know anything about this), “once you’re divorced – what questions should you ask yourself.” Recent divorcee, Sherri said her main question is “can I be happy with me, and only me?” This question led Sherri to embrace celibacy as she re-discovers herself. Whoopi explained that you must be cool with yourself before you can be cool with anyone else. However, Elisabeth clarified that people do not ask the right questions before marriage – especially the financial question. This led to Joy’s important point, “our parents (WWII generation) did not ask a lot of questions prior to marriage and they had very little divorce.” Yet, Babs stated that many of those ladies were very unhappy in their marriage and did not have the financial freedom the leave their husbands.
The day ended with a question posed to Babs (asked by Sherri) regarding threesome; two guys VS two girls!
Thursday, January 10, 2008
Well, Bab’s back – sporting the cutest red suit (Elisabeth stated that the red suit indicates Bab’s support of the Republicans). Babs discussed her absence – working on ABC Special ‘Behind the Scenes’ look at the Royal family. Unfortunately, the conversation bored me tears. Alittle life was pumped into the conversation when it turned to the French President Sarkozy plans to marry former model/present singer Bruni. The French aren’t too supportive of their president’s private life becoming public. Private life should be private. Then, the question became: What if John Edwards dated Lindsey Lohan? Elisabeth wants to know who her president is seeing because that’s the person who is whispering in his ear late at night. Whoopi don’t care who the president is dating. People love who they love. Sherri sided with Elisabeth – who the president chooses as a mate is a clue to their true character. But what if the president is horrible at choosing a mate but great running the country?
Then, the ladies attacked the whole Britney Spears Vs. Dr. Phil fiasco. Now, Britney’s parents (who contacted Dr. Phil to visit their daughter while she was hospitalized) said Dr. Phil’s media interviews this week were ‘just in appropriate.’ A family spokesperson explained that "the family basically extended an invitation of trust for him to come in as a resource to support them, not to go out and make public statements.” Elisabeth could not understand why the Spears where surprised at Dr. Phil’s comments to the media. After all, he is a media personality. Joy is convinced, if the Spears really want to help their daughter – they would take Britney out the county and get her the needed help. Whoopi couldn’t understand why the parents called on Dr. Phil if they really wanted to help her. It’s like taking Britney to Judge Judy – they’re all media personalities. But Sherri reminded everyone – “Dr. Phil cures everyone in 28 minutes.”
Pregnant students in a Denver high school are asking for at least four weeks of maternity leave so they can heal, bond with their newborns and not be penalized with unexcused absences. Elisabeth agrees with the soon-to-be moms request but took it a step further – the girls should sign a contract that they will return to school. After returning from maternity leave, Elisabeth explained that the 6 weeks leave were the hardest ever but much needed. As most of the ladies agreed with the four weeks maternity leave but the conversation turned to ways of preventing teen pregnancies. Whoopi re-iterated her point from weeks ago of giving kids condoms. This is the best way to prevent pregnancy and sexually transmitted diseases. Elisabeth – a proponent of abstinence quickly denounced giving kids condoms because it would be huge endorsement for them to have sex. According to Elisabeth – condoms promote sexual activity among kids. Whoopi chimed in – that we (the public) need to realize that kids are having sex anyway. Sherri remained everyone that she is practicing celibacy and it’s a hard row to tow! She can’t imagine teens, with raging hormones, being strong enough to stick to abstinence.
Lastly, the hot topics touched on superstition. Jessica Simpson has become Public Enemy No. 1 among Dallas Cowboys fans because of a link being made between her appearance at Sunday's game and the poor performance of her new boyfriend, quarterback Tony Romo. Superstition or not? Whoopi revealed that she is very superstitious. She doe not tear photographs – fear that it would kill the person in the picture.
Links for Hot Topics below.
Saturday, January 5, 2008
Elisabeth Hasselbeck will return to ABC's "The View" on Monday, and she'll bring along her infant son, Taylor Thomas.
Hasselbeck, 30, has been on maternity leave from the popular New York-based daytime talk show since Oct. 23.
She gave birth to Taylor Thomas on Nov. 9 at an Arizona hospital. Her husband, Tim Hasselbeck, is a quarterback for the Arizona Cardinals. The couple have a 2-year-old daughter, Grace.
The conservative co-host's first day back at "The View" will include "a big ticket item giveaway" for the studio audience and a full hour of "Hot Topics," show spokesman Karl Nilsson said Thursday.
Hasselbeck has been on maternity leave since October and has been living in Arizona (her hubby Tim is a quarterback with the Arizona Cardinals, who didn't make the playoffs). The daytime show has been using a lot of celebrity guests to fill in Hasselbeck's seat (and/or Barbara Walters' seat, when she takes the day off from the show) including Dana Delany and Jessica Simpson (and many others, but they were the cohosts on the days I actually watched the show). This will be the first time all five hosts will be back together in a few months.
"I miss my Republican pal," said co-host Joy Behar.
Co-hosts of "The View" also include Barbara Walters, Whoopi Goldberg and Sherri Shepherd.
Hasselbeck is "never shy about expressing her view, so `Hot Topics' will be getting a whole lot hotter — especially with the upcoming presidential election," ABC said.
Monday, November 19, 2007
Monday - November 19, 2007
The show kicked off with a disclaimer from Whoopi, who was experiencing “brain-cloudiness” – effects of the drug, Wellbutrin (to kick the smoking habit – but is facing challenges). She didn’t show signs of ‘brain-cloudiness because hot topics were a chuck wagon of sexual tidbits – starting with Queen Elizabeth and her husband celebrating their 60th anniversary! Kudos to anyone celebrating the longevity of a marriage. The ladies, mainly Barbara, gabbed about the evolution of tradition – when the Royal family had to marry a virgin but now Prince Charles is married to a divorced woman. Then, Joy and Barbara drone on and on about the Royal family marrying into the ruling families from other countries. This lackluster conversation dragged on (as interesting as watching paint dry) until Sherry pumped the brakes, asking – “After sixty years, are they still having sex?” As everyone speculated about the Queen of England’s sexual appetite – Whoopi introduced a landmark medical survey about the active sex-life of senior citizens. According this new study: “Sex with a partner in the previous year was reported by 73 percent of people ages 57 to 64; 53 percent of those ages 64 to 75, and 26 percent of people 75 to 85. Of those who were active, most said they had sex two to three times a month or more. Women at all ages were less likely to be sexually active than men. But they also lacked partners; far more were widowed.”
Whoopi revealed how she still wants sex without the hang-ups. Then, Sherry – looking sincerely confused, asked Barbara – “How does a 70 year old woman pick-up a man for sex?” Barbara quickly deflected the question by stating that Whoopi was the one who admitted to wanting sex. Does this means that Barbara falls into the “other” percentage? Lately, it seems that Sherry has been flapping her comedic jaws at Barbara’s expense – which is a hoot to witness!! Barbara urged Sherry to move on to the “daily give-away” (gifts for the audience) which was sponsored by Sears. Looking into the camera, Sherry said, “The Sears catalogue is making a comeback and so is Barbara’s orgasm!” Whoopi hollered, Joy went under the table and Barbara blushed. That made-up for the Royal family’s ‘marriage lineage’ lecture.
After the much needed commercial break – the ladies discussed the Arizona Democrat Presidential Debates where Senator Clinton tackled the gender issue. "I'm not exploiting anything at all. I'm not playing -- as some people say -- the gender card. I'm just trying to play the winning card," Clinton said. "People are not attacking me because I'm a woman. They're attacking me because I'm ahead." Of course, Whoopi and Joy co-signed on the comment as the audience applauded. Earlier in the show, Barbara read an email from Elisabeth (the rebel without a pause-Republican) – reporting that her new son (10 day old - Taylor) received a welcoming gift from Senator Clinton. Because of the gesture – Elisabeth is considering changing her vote. A little bit of kindness goes a long ways!
Below, you can find the article links to: “Senior Citizen’s Sexual Appetite” & “Arizona Democratic Presidential Debate.”