Meghan McCain was relatively tame this morning after yesterday's blow-up with Whoopi Goldberg, but she still delivered a classic MM moment when she asked Annette Gordon-Reed, the Pulitzer Prize-winning author of On Juneteenth, about cancel culture — during The View's Juneteenth celebration episode, no less.
After Sunny Hostin asked Gordon-Reed about the significance of Juneteenth being declared a national holiday, and Sara Haines asked about growing up in a segregated community in Texas — two very appropriate and relevant topics given the discussion — McCain changed gears entirely with a question about cancel culture, of all things. "President Obama recently said that one of the biggest issues dividing America is cancel culture," said the co-host. "Do you agree with him?"
If Gordon-Reed was feeling any whiplash, she didn't show it as she addressed the bizarre question head-on. "No, I don't," said the scholar. "I think we have many issues that are bigger than that. And the notion of cancel culture really believes on the politics of the person. People on the left and right try to shout down people with whom they disagree."
"I wouldn't say that is a major problem," continued Gordon-Reed. "I admire the president very much, but I disagree with him very much about that as a major issue."
CELEBRATING JUNETEENTH: Pulitzer Prize-winner and author of ‘On Juneteenth’ @agordonreed discusses the importance of #Juneteenth to commemorate “a major advance in human rights” and where the country stands on race and inequity today. https://t.co/L2lax3gsSw pic.twitter.com/A8pcNmJBYj— The View (@TheView) June 18, 2021
McCain's co-hosts quickly steered the discussion back to more relevant topics, and she remained relatively quiet for the rest of the day. After yesterday's dispute, that's probably best case scenario.
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Claire Spellberg Lustig is the TV Editor at Primetimer and a scholar of The View. Follow her on Twitter at @c_spellberg.