We’re looking at you, Barbara Walters. The legendary news personality, 88, is the latest star to find herself embroiled in Harvey Weinstein’s sexual assault scandal. A clip from a 2013 episode of The View has resurfaced, in which Barbara challenges guest Corey Feldman’s claims about sex abuse in Hollywood. And, obvi, Twitter has a lot of feelings about Barb’s cold reaction to Corey’s stories of being molested as a child by showbiz execs.
In response to a question about whether he would encourage parents to let their children become actors, Corey said, “It’s a many-feathered bird. OK? Be careful what you wish for. That’s what I’ll tell you. You know, don’t go into it with naivety. Don’t go into it thinking it’s all roses…”
That’s when Barbara chimed in with her insensitive take. “You’re damaging an entire industry,” she said, to which Corey politely responded, “I’m sorry. I’m not trying to.” Not long after the interview made waves again, the internet was like, “Girl, bye,” and social media users have not held back one bit in sharing their opinions.
“Barbara Walters is a dangerous woman. She is the ultimate enabler of power,” one wrote, while another fumed, “I remember that and that was the exact moment I decided Barbara Walters knew it was true and was an utter scumbag by covering it up.” And one fan of Corey’s demanded that Miss Walters issue an apology to the former child star: “Barbara Walters should publicly apologize to Feldman! She is part of the problem in Hollywood!”
Barbara’s critics have spoken out more than a month after it was reported that the retired 20/20 host was “forgetful, fearful of falling, and isolated.” However, Barbara’s rep, Cindi Berger, recently told Fox News that her client is doing just fine. “I see Barbara every 2-3 weeks and she’s fine,” Cindi said. “I’m actually seeing her next week for tea.”