The typical slant on CBS TV’s “The Talk” tends to be refreshingly apolitical, leaving the more contentious verbal combat to its counterpart, “The View” on ABC. Amidst the nationwide appall for the shooting death of young Trayvon Martin, however, hosts Julie Chen, Sarah Gilbert, Aisha Tyler, Sharon Osbourne, and especially Sheryl Underwood, each had something very deep and personal to contribute to the dialogue.
On the tails of its opening icebreaker relating the Twitter squabble between “Mad Men” star John Hamm and Kim Kardashian, spiced with saucy commentary from comic and co-host Sheryl Underwood, along with banter about Justin Bieber and Lady Gaga, the tone quickly turned more serious. Just after the first commercial break, the gals dove into the heartbreaking details of the Sanford, Florida shooting of 17-year-old Trayvon Martin by George Zimmerman, and the giggles over celebrity frivolity gave way to impassioned sentiments. Aisha Tyler called this case “one of the most egregious miscarriages of justice in recent times,” and Sarah Gilbert reiterated the seeming “vigilante-ism” of the incident. Sheryl Underwood dug even deeper, with a tearful plea, detailing how this case was one of “a baby fighting for his life up against a grown man with a gun,” and going on to applaud the efforts of the FBI, the Justice Department, the grand jury, and the American legal system, declaring “the system is going to work.” Openly weeping by the time she stressed that Martin’s case was “an American story,” and how the cries of the people across the country have moved for action in the slaying, Underwood movingly asked, “since when did candy and iced tea become a weapon?” The remarks closed with a unanimous call for a prompt arrest of Zimmerman.
So much for daytime TV either being labeled “fluff” or devolving verbal battle, the panel of “The Talk” put heart and passion above politics in this very public case, and justice may take a long while, especially coping with Florida’s “Stand Your Ground” gun laws, but these ladies have already spoken their heart and stood their ground.