Elisabeth Hasselbeck feels terribly for criticizing Erin Andrews' clothing on 'Dancing with the Stars' and suggesting she tempted her peeping Tom. After the show Tuesday night, Erin's costars defended her and Erin called Elisabeth's remarks "a slap in the face to victims of stalking and sexual predators."
Wednesday on 'The View,' Elisabeth issued a tearful apology to Erin. She said she had been watching 'Dancing' with her five-year-old daughter the night before when her daughter asked her why she looked so sad.
"I said, 'Well, Grace, today Mommy hurt someone's feelings,'" Elisabeth sobbed. She said she told her daughter "reckless words pierce someone's heart like a sword" and you should use words to build people up, not tear them down.
Grace asked her mom why she didn't just call Erin to say sorry, and Elisabeth said she took her daughter's advice. The tears on 'The View' were her public apology.
I am not a fan of Elizabeth Hasselbeck. She strikes me as an uninformed zealot. But these latest statements leave me speechless (well, not actually speechless, more dumbfounded).
Blaming the victim of a crime is horrendous. To me, it is the same as when people would criticise rape victims for being too provocative. It is a crime, period. Don't blame the victim.
From the Huffington Post:
Tuesday on 'The View,' Elisabeth Hasselbeck criticized Erin Andrews, who has been a stalking victim twice in the last year, for wearing "next to nothing" on 'Dancing with the Stars.'
After 'Dancing' Tuesday night, Erin told People that Elisabeth's comments were "a slap in the face to victims of stalking and sexual predators."
"The thing that I was most upset about is I felt she was mocking a situation," she said. "As a mother and a woman, I'm disappointed she went there."
Erin's partner Maxim Chmerkovskiy took to Twitter to defend her.
I'm the one designing Erin Andrews's dresses for the show, so I'll just assume that Hehasselbeck is jealous...and stupid 4 her comments," he wrote.
Niecy Nash also tweeted her support for Erin.