Something that bugged me -
Earlier this week, talking about Lance Armstrong, Joy asked the question "doesn't steroid use cause testicles to shrink?" The audience responded as if she were telling a naughty joke, and the other women more or less 'shushed' her. When she tried explaining what she meant - that possibly armstrong's cancer was partially caused by his steroid use - BW held up her hand and told her no. there's nothing to suggest that using steroids caused his cancer.
It bothered me because joy was asking a legitamate question, one that came to my mind as well. But because she said "testicles" , everyone laughed.
We accept that nitrates in meat, second-hand smoke, additives in food, prescription meds, etc, all can increase our risk of cancer. Is it all that outrageous to suggest that injecting yourself daily with powerful drugs that enhance performance by increasing hormone levels - can also increase cancer risk?
Today, there are some cancer spcialists, who, while denying that there is any proof that steroids CAUSE cancer, back up what Joy was wondering. there's a story on ABC news that speculates that the steroids may have accelerated the cancer, and that steroids can increase your cancer risk. (sorry, I tried to link the story, I can't get the link to work)
Anyway, I was bugged because Joy saying 'testicles' was treated like a naughty joke, and the topic was shut down. I miss the days when The View could actually DISCUSS a topic for a few minutes at least, instead of just promoting sponsors, cranking out one-liners, and repeating what other people say. they finally touch on a a genuine "Hot Topic", and then shut up, because, in Whoopi's words "we don't know, we weren't there."
Why not discuss somethign as relevant as how this affects cancer research? all the money donated to fund cancer through Armstrong's legacy, and the info about what may have contributed to his cancer wasn't revealed. It's an important story, but i guess the producers didn't tell the ladies how to feel about it, so they couldn't discuss it.
Edited by backformore, Jan 18, 2013 @ 2:24 PM.