When the world feels like it’s on the brink of utter chaos, when it feels like all hope is lost, when it feels like Word War III is imminent, we can always count on Joy Behar for a little perspective.
This morning, when the esteemed foreign policy experts of The View were offering their expert analysis on the Russian invasion of Ukraine, co-host Sonny Hostin mentioned that upwards of 5 million Ukrainian citizens could be displaced, with thousands and thousands more killed:
“Estimates are 50,000 Ukrainians will be dead or wounded and this is going to start a humanitarian crisis, a refugee crisis in Europe.
We’re talking about 5 million people that are going to be displaced. It’s heartbreaking to hear what’s going to happen.”
Well said Sonny… it’s absolutely devastating what happening in Ukraine right now.
It is heartbreaking that a country in Europe is in the midst of the most aggressive invasion we’ve seen since World War II. It is heartbreaking that at least 137 Ukrainian soldiers have already been killed. It’s heartbreaking that millions will become refugees, thousands upon thousands (or God forbid more) will die, and for those who escape death, there probably won’t be much left of their home when they return.
And Joy Behar agreed.
But not because her heart breaks for the people suffering in Ukraine…
Because she really wants to go on vacation to Italy.
Yeah, you can’t make this up…
“I’m scared of what’s gonna happen in Western Europe, too.
You plan a trip, you wanna go there… I’ve wanted to go to Italy for four years and I haven’t been able to make it because of the pandemic, and now this… what’s gonna happen there too?”
I mean, somebody get Vladimir Putin on the horn and let him know that Joy Behar would like to go to Italy and this whole invasion of Ukraine is probably gonna throw a wrench in that.
I’m sure he’ll just call the whole thing off so Joy can have a fucking Aperol spritz at the Amalfi Coast…
Seriously though, is it possible to be more of a self-absorbed asshole?
I really don’t think so…
Thought and prayers to Joy during this difficult time.
Applebee’s Pulls Ads From CNN
No more Bourbon Street steak or Oreo shakes during coverage of the war in Ukraine.
The jarring placement of an Applebee’s ad featuring Zac Brown Band’s “Chicken Fried” alongside the war coverage left Twitter users scratching their heads and criticizing CNN for the seemingly-insensitive ad placement.
This missile attack is brought to you by Applebees!!
Well apparently Applebee’s wasn’t too pleased with the ad placement either, and has responded by pausing all of their advertising on CNN:
“We are deeply concerned about the situation in Ukraine. When we were made aware that our ad was placed in this manner, we immediately reached out to CNN to pause our advertising on their network. It never should have aired, and we are disappointed in the actions of the network.”
I asked Applebee’s about the now-viral ad that aired on CNN today during the live broadcast of Russia's attack on Ukraine and just got the following statement: pic.twitter.com/q3rxA4cJxN
Now obviously Applebee’s likely placed this ad buy months in advance and had no idea that it would be aired in a side-by-side with the Russian invasion of Ukraine.
But now that they’re aware of it, they definitely don’t want it happening again.
And that’s not the only change coming to CNN’s news coverage: The network also announced that they have removed the picture-in-picture “squeezeback” ads from their coverage for the time being to prevent similar situations from arising with other advertisements.
Because apparently nobody wants ad placement during a Russian invasion.