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Whoopi Goldberg: Mel Gibson is not a racist



Comedian and "The View" co-host Whoopi Goldberg declared that Mel Gibson is not a racist, as she and the rest of the daytime panel on Monday discussed recently released tapes allegedly featuring the actor -- including one in which a racial slur is used.

Whoopi-goldberg "I know Mel, and I know he's not a racist," Goldberg said. "He may be a bonehead."

Joy Behar was not of the same mind (check out their debate by clicking on the video above).

"Give me a break, you're an anti-Semite, you're a misogynist, and you're a racist!" Behar said of Gibson, referencing the audio tapes and the remarks Gibson made during a 2006 arrest for DUI.

"I can't sit and say that he's a racist," Goldberg said, "having spent time with him in my house with my kids."

What do you think Whoopi's remarks mean for Mel? Tell us in the comments section below.

-- Matt Donnelly

Photo: Whoopi Goldberg on May 19, 2010, at the White House. Credit: Joshua Roberts / Reuters

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I believe he abused her, I believe she is making sure he dosen't get custody
of her child and will go back to Russia with their daughter.
When she claimed not wanting money and that she was afraid for her daughters "life" she said it all.... This was a set up.
No money or threat will allow this Russian mother to loose her child.
She's fighting back the only way she can, against a man with power and millions of dollars..he said she "deserved" to be hit and have her teeth knocked out. Mel also sounds like a man really not wanting to let her go either
yet is facing the truth of her predatory nature and fear for his child.

There are different kinds of racists. The actress who played Mary in Mel's Jesus film was Jewish, and she said, like Whoopi, that Mel treated her with kindness. I think it's likely that Mel's racist against groups, but when he meets individuals he treats them well. That would also explain how long he's survived in H'wood. That doesn't excuse anything he said btw; the man is nasty nutcase.

If Elizabeth had made those comments Whoopi would be calling her racist. Whoopi is the idiot being racist.

Whoopi knows Mel Gibson. Thank you Whoppi for expressing your real feelings. People say stupid things in their drunken stupors and they also say stupid things in their anger and rage. He definitely is enraged by this woman's actions. Everyone (including Black, Muslim and Jewish people) at some time in their lives have said disrespectful things about other nationalities. If you say you haven't, you are a liar.

I believe Mel's ex-girlfriend is a gold digger. The conversation is controlled on her part which would indicate she set this up and planned to use it against him, probably to destroy him.

Ever since Mel made "The Passion of Christ" he has been under intense warfare with the devil himself. The devil turns on the heat against people who love God and attacks us in our weakest areas. This obviously happened with Mel. You never heard of these things before he made the movie. Very sad and I feel sorry for him. Forgive lest you be forgiven. That is a good rule of thumb for us people who claim to be Christians. Too bad Mel can't go home and mend things with his ex-wife and family.

To those who have stated: "people say things when they are angry, therefore, Mel is not racist." Think about your own anger for a moment... if you are white, do tell your white wife "she a pig and will be raped by N's and it will be her fault" or do you say "you might get raped you ugly pig and it will be your fault". If you do, then you're racist. If you're white and having a fight with your white wife, is it natural for you to use racist words? If you do, then you're racist. A person is a racist if he practics racism. Definition of Racism: Racism is the belief that race is a primary determinant of human traits and capacities... and Black me rape.... In Mel's case, he went back to the days of white men making their white women afraid of being raped by a Black man. During that time, that was definitely a racist attitude.

Peace

The idea that anger is a window into a person's soul is completely ridiculous. I have known evil people. What they share in common is that they do not get angry. Anger is more like a window into a person's deprivation. I feel tremendously sorry for Mr. Gibson after hearing this tape. It's not right that people are judging him based on his anquish. Most anyone's life could be ruined if their most emotional or private moment were recorded or videotaped and put on the internet. I don't excuse it, but it makes me want to turn away.

Why do people parade around like they are saints? Who hasn't said anything in anger in the privacy of their home or in some cases a drunken rage that they don't mean and regret later? This is what he gets for hooking up with a young and vacuous gorgeous Russian opportunist. Why are men so weak for these temptresses?? It is evident that she is leading him on in the tapes. The devil is attacking his Achilles heel right and left to topple him in revenge for making such a beautiful and impacting film, The Passion. Apparently it's working. Too bad, I will pray for you Mel.

He's a racist jerk! I don't care what celebrities are defending him or what he was drinking, words like that don't come out unless they are in your heart. I think we should quit supporting racist people. I am from the south and surrounded by racist losers and every time they open their mouths their ignorance shows.

I don't get her. First she defends the use of the "N" word only if you're black, now she is defending Mel Gibson? I think Whoopi Goldberg is contradicting and runs her mouth too much.

I AGREE WITH WOOPI FIRST OF ALL. WOOPI HAS SOME BRAINS, AND THINKS BEFORE SHE SPEAKS! I DON'T CARE WHAT BEHAR THINKS ANYWAY. I DON'T SUBSCRIBE TO THE CHURCH OF BEHAR! I SHE'S AN IDIOT SHE BLURTS OUT THINGS ALL THE TIME THAT MAKE NO SENSE! SHE 'S NOT PERFECT EITHER , ALTHOUGH I GATHER SHE THINKS SHE IS! SHE A JOKE. WHEN SHE SPEAKS I TURN ON THE MUTE BUTTON! AS FOR MEL I BELIEVE HE HAS A SEVERE BI POLAR DISORDER THAT NEEDS MEDICATION. IF YOU KNOW ANYTHING ABOUT DEPRESSIVE DISORDERS IT'S TORTURE FOR THOSE WHO HAVE THEM! MY DAUGHTER IS BI POLAR AND BEFORE SHE GOT HELP SHE WOULD GO ON BITTER TIRADES SAYING ALL KINDS OF VILE PROFANITIES AND EVEN RACIAL SLURS INCLUDED!!!! WE ALL KNEW THIS WAS NOT THE REAL PERSON WE KNEW! THEN NOT TOO LONG AFTER THAT SHE WOULD BE JUST THE OPPOSITE! MEL TRIES TO HELP HIMSELF WITH ALCOHOL, BUT THAT UNFORTUNATELY JUST MAKES HIS PROBLEM WORSE ! THIS WAS A PRIVATE CONVERSATION IN THE FIRST PLACE , AND REALLY NONE OF OUR BUSINESS TO BEGIN WITH! OKSANA IS A TWIT FOR LEAKING IT!

Mathews 15:18
"But the things that come out of the mouth come from the heart, and these make a man 'unclean.' For out of the heart come evil thoughts, murder, adultery, sexual immorality, theft, false testimony, slander."

Mathews12:33
"For out of the overflow of the heart the mouth speaks. The good man brings good things out of the good stored up in him, and the evil man brings evil things out of the evil stored up in him. But I tell you that men will have to give account on the day of judgment for every careless word they have spoken. For by your words you will be acquitted, and by your words you will be condemned."

If you put the letter "D" in front of the word ANGER it spells DANGER... Pray for Mel and everyone in the world...

I've been angry, and I've been drunk. I've said and done things in both states that I regret (sorry for throwing up in your lap, Iris). But I have never thrown around racial slurs or punched my partner in the face. I've never had so much disgust for someone that I said they dressed like a whore and were asking to be raped.

Maybe I wouldn't like to be judged by my worst moments, but I wouldn't be afraid anyone would think I'm racist and full of hate. You know why? Because I find slurs or hitting my partner or using rape as a way to tear someone down absolutely despicable, and it would never occur to me to stoop to such levels no matter how drunk or angry I could get.

And I don't think I'm better than most people. I just think I'm better than this racist man who hides his hatred behind charm and fame and good looks.

I am very sadden and disappointed to hear the alleged remarks made by Mel Gibson. I've always admire his work. I would say he has a superior attitude about his race- because he feels that any other race is inferior to his. This is indeed and indication of racism- which is a belief that one's own race is superior above all others.

As much as I think it is always dumb to be caught, we all say things at some point in the privacy of our own home that would make most people cringe, in this case as far as the law goes, the court needs to consider one basic set of rules, tape recordings are not legal without warrants, recording someone without permission is illegal, so far the only proven breach would be her so tape is not admissible, owing to the fact the entire world has heard the tape, a tape that would have been Classified as inadmissible, the capacity for a fair hearing is impossible. To add to that, to premeditate the taping one would have to know there was going to be an event or several events to tape to have, it set up and in place for the event, which shows premeditation that and event would be induced by behaviours that would induce a reaction worthy of taping. So if i set up a tape and goaded you endlessly i can assure you the result would appear that you were out of control, especially when prior build up of inflammatory behaviours are unknown. As to the “N”word, in law and in common sense it cannot be held to be racist, as black people say it all the time, to say a white person cant say it "is" racist. historically black people had previously said the word was offensive because it referred to black people of ill repute, in that case what is the issue? had he said skinheads or any other white group of people of ill repute would we be defending skinheads and gangs? If he meant the “N” word as a gang of black people of ill repute then there can be no offence. For 300 years the forefather sof black Americans fought to have the word made illegal under racist laws, for one generation of rap singers to make it legal for all people to say, modern arguments by black people on camera and on the record state that the “N” word means brother or friend, contradicting earlier meanings. At the end of the day, defensive behaviour By Gibson is not an option, standing his ground is the only option, there is no violence shown or even implied by Gibson, simply a man who is offended by his wife dressing like a tart. The public after stepping back and realising the woman had to have premeditated an event to tape will realise it was a setup, then it only leaves the N word, now that was not said as a person it was said as a gang or pack, the same wording can be used by African Americans, so unless they wish to stand up and say they wish to invoke some racist law where they can use words we cannot, that matter is closed, we should look at what we allowed rap singers to make legal, that shame is ours, as to the other word regarding illegal immigrants, if you swim across a river and your back is wet, i have to say the description is factual, and if a factual description is offensive then perhaps anyone disagreeing should consider that those who make the swim are breaking the law and criminals who take jobs from those who waited patiently in the system to get a visa, so are we really concerned with offending such a person with a factual description? As to partners, we should always have the right to have a say to each other anything no matter how heated, (violence excluded) I have no doubt whoopie knows him better than we do. Let us spend a little less time looking and listening in peoples bedrooms, and perhaps mourn the loss of the illegal meaning of the N word, made legal by the forefathers of the very people who use it as slang themselves. I am sure King is rolling in his grave that his heir Jesse Jackson allows his own race to use the word freely yet has time to say that a white man (Gibson) cannot, Jesse Jackson destroyed in one day all that king stood for, “to not make rules for one race alone.” Gibson may have destroyed some credibility with a few sentences, in respect to the N word we stand to destroy the future of mankind by judging it in segregation, Martin Luther King fought against the stance white men only, Jesse Jackson makes the stance Black men only. I say get a high court ruling a get the cds of the shelves and make illegal for all mankind, and stop having these black American celebrities on shows who use it, it simply promotes the acceptance that anyone can use the word if they are black, if the like of Oprah won’t stand up and ban such guests, then do not expect the integration that King fought for. Mel you’re a great actor and director and a prize idiot, wake up to yourself, same goes for Oprah and Jackson, you are supposed to be stopping segregation not promoting it.
Sincerely AQ

I think Whoopi is starting to believe all the cackling that she and the rest if the Hens spew on the view. Whether or not Mel Gibson is a racist or not, is not what we or anyone else should be looking at. I have heard so much rhetoric about him using the N word and calling Mexicans names, and so much other irrelevant banter, it seems as though everyone does not even look at the fact that he physically assaulted a women with an 8-month-old child in her arms. Had he missed and struck the child in the temple or chest, this child could have been seriously injured or heaven forbid something worse. Let us get our priorities straight.
Mel should be in jail for assault, stalking and death threats. Point blank.

Drunks dont have a very short fuse and as always we are only hearing the conclusion of what I think has been a long back and forth between the 2 of them. It is shameful what he said but I think it is more shameful to tape a man in that state when it was her that pushed him until he snapped, knowing he would and then record it for the world to hear. I'd like to hear what she said to him thats not recorded. He,s a foolish drunk she a cold, calculating, malicious woman and both need help.

Christie D'Zurilla here from the blog, with a couple of headlines from our L.A. Now reporters -- just to clarify, an investigation is underway regarding allegations of domestic violence, but no charges have been filed and no details have been released.

See the article: http://lat.ms/9gFZmj

The tape made public Monday will be reviewed by the L.A. County Sheriff's Department as well.

See the article: http://lat.ms/aRo0Gh

Whoopi tends to be very forgiving of people she has had personal relationships with. So she can't see Gibson's dark side, just like she can't see Polanski's and Vick's dark sides. (By "personal relationship" I mean friend, associate, friendly acquaintance, professional colleague, as well as romantic). If she had met and had a pleasant afternoon tea with Joseph Goebbels, she would have said the same thing.

She is very talented and smart, and perceptive about a lot of things, but this is a weak spot for her.

I am a psychiatrist, I see this kind of sporadic impulsive behavior with poor judgement in males that are middle aged, have a history of medicating themselves with alcohol or drugs. This may well be agitated depression, Mel should have a testosterone level evaluated many men in their 50's and 60's who are in the throws of andropause (male menopause), over compensate, leave a longterm marriage, hook up with "a new woman" they use alcohol to keep the agitation under control and spiral downward in uncharacteristic ways. He needs to be evaluated and treated. The Irish/Scottish males among others are people very prone to mid life agitation and he is just shooting from the hip in the recently publicized recording, at his "new girlfriend". I do not think any of the comments reflect who he is at his base line of functioning. He needs antidepressant treatment and evaluation for testosterone deficiency. I have nearly 50 of this type of presentation in my practice, Women in menopause with depression generally strike inward emotionally at themselves and the testosterone driven male now lacking in that hormone tend to strike outward,they alienate all those around them, sometimes end up in jail and very often their medical practitioners miss this diagnosis............He is not a bad man but he is in a very bad place for the past several years. JVD

I am a huge Whoopi fan but I must admit that I am baffled by her defense of what seems indefensible. The fact that Gibson has been to her house and interacted with her and her kids in no way negates the impact of his racial slur. His words were insulting, hurtful and incendiary. Once again, the black man is specifically portrayed as a brutal, raping monster. By his venomous words Gibson continues to give us insight into his distorted and disrespectful view of women and black men. Whoopi would do well to remember that her experience with Mr. Gibson is not everyone's experience with him. For those of us who have never met or conversed with him, all we have to go on is the hateful words we hear coming from his mouth. For us, our perception of those words is our reality.

Whoopi, I cant believe after all Mel has been caught saying, you would make that remark. Just because he was in your home, doesnt mean anything. Geeze!!! does this mean he is allowed back into your home? No one is allowed in my home that uses the "N" word.

Mel is a train-wreck, to be sure. But, if anyone listens to this audio and doesn't realize it was a TOTAL "set-up", then there is no such thing as a set up. The audio quality on her end was studio quality. There wasn't even a slight 'hiss' in the vocals. No interference whatsoever. It was as if the FBI put in a line. She baited him for the PR payout, and she'll get the money, rest assured.

He is guilty of: 1. leaving his wife for some young game. 2. being a disheveled wreck. 3. having obvious chemical (alcohol) issues, and 4. being a very, very angry man.

But the whole "racist" thing - forget it. He was drunk and pissed - like so many men have been - and saying whatever he could think to say to HURT the person he was talking to.

I owned a bar, and I saw FAR WORSE behavior from patrons who came in together every day. I'm not - NOT - excusing his behavior. I'm just saying - if I had every spouse arrested for things they SAID when they were angry, I'd have probably had half my clientèle locked up.

Jim Donovan... If you are a psychiatrist, then the entire medical establishment is on trial.

You are NOT a psychiatrist. You don't even KNOW a psychiatrist.

Now - imagine that YOU are on trial in the "public forum", as Mel is. Imagine that everyone reading your words knows - as you know - that you misrepresented (lied) yourself. Would you expect the kind of leniency that you withheld in your summation?

Hypocrisy.

I think the most important thing is the alleged domestic violence. Knocking out a woman's teeth while she's holding a baby -- right, I'll bet Mel didn't do that in Whoopi's house either.

The logic beyond this is very shallow aka "I am black... I know that man... He never called me the n-word and he was ok being around me and my kids... Therefore, he is not racist." Of course he never called her the n-word. He's accused of being racist, not being moronic.

 
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