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A poetic plea to the ladies of The View, after the O'Reilly incident

Has it come to this?

Bill O'Reilly appeared on the View and the discussion wound its way towards the "Ground Zero mosque." Soon, the discourse degenerated. He condescended to Joy Behar. Joy Behar responded by putting bunny ears on him.

Classy.

He pointed out that Muslims were responsible for the attacks on 9/11, omitting words like "rogue" or "extremist" that usually accompany this statement. Whoopi was taken aback. The discourse degenerated further.

And then Joy and Whoopi walked out. My colleague Melissa Bell has the footage.

For once, I agree with Barbara Walters, who put it like this: "You have just seen what should not happen. We should be able to have discussions without washing our hands and screaming and walking offstage. I love my colleagues, but that should not have happened."

Can't we sit anywhere and discuss things like civilized people?

Come on, guys.

Whoopi Goldberg's outfit was clashing violently and intensely, and yet it managed to stick around for the episode.

Which brings me to this villanelle:


SERIOUSLY GUYS, COME ON

A Villanelle

I know that public discourse isn't smiley
But listen, everybody on the View,
Please, guys, just don't walk out on Bill O'Reilly.

I'm not trying to sneak this past you slyly
We've seen the scenery those pundits chew
We know that public discourse isn't smiley

But you're unique, you host Barack and Miley
And clashes? Sure! All Whoopi's outfits do.
Please, guys, just don't walk out on Bill O'Reilly

That "mosque" that everyone thinks of so highly
Has been the downfall of more folks than you
We know that public discourse isn't smiley

You folks are never ones to put, well, shyly
The strong opinions that occur to you
Still, please, just don't walk out on Bill O'Reilly.

I've always said -- and now, I add it, wryly
"Rally for Sanity? Long overdue!"
We know that public discourse isn't smiley
Please, guys, just don't walk out on Bill O'Reilly.

By Alexandra Petri  | October 14, 2010; 3:42 PM ET
Categories:  From bad to verse, Petri, Reality? Television  | Tags:  Bill O'Reilly, The View, villanelle  
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