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#NursesUnite with Miss CO after 'The View' gaffe

Posted at 1:57 PM, Sep 16, 2015
and last updated 2015-09-16 14:57:58-04

Miss Colorado did not take home the crown on Sunday night, but her talent was certainly memorable.

She emerged on stage in her nurse scrubs, talking about her career.

Her story getting a lot of traction on social media, not because of what Kelley Johnson said on stage, but rather because of what the hosts of "The View" said about her.

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“(She) came in a nurse's uniform, and basically read emails out loud (laughing). And shockingly did not win," said The View co-host Michelle Collins. "Why does she have a doctor's stethoscope around her neck?" questioned co-host, Joy Behar.

Those comments have triggered a backlash on social media. One tweet reads:

Johnson’s talent stole the show. She gave a simple monologue about being a nurse and caring for Alzheimer’s patients.

“I went over to him and I lifted his head up out of his hands. And I said, 'Joe, I know that this is really hard. But, you are not defined by this disease.'

She went on, "I'm never going to be just a nurse."

After her speech the Alzheimer's Association tweeted, "Thank you, @missamericaco."

Now, The View’s Facebook page is blowing up.

"How about posting an apology for your rude comments about nurses?," a viewer posted. 

"It's a shame you have no respect for one of the most important and already under-appreciated professions in the world," said another. 

"The hosts of The View wish they collectively had enough brains to be a nurse," another person on Facebook commented.

Later, in response, The View co-host Michelle Collins finally addressed the issue