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Whoopi Goldberg fights back: 'The View' co-host rages against bloggers and callers

Whoopi Goldberg
freaked out on "The View"  on Wednesday after being widely criticized Tuesday over statements she made on the show that, in her opinion, actor Mel Gibson is not a racist.

And when we say freak out, we mean freak out. She faux-spit at the camera, intending for it to hit the "coward" who called her office and was apparently nasty to her assistant.

"You can kiss my behind!" she shouted. "You cowardly piece of dog mess!"

That was actually pretty funny, and we understand her wanting to defend the poor soul who answered her phone. But there seems to be something missing when it comes to Whoopi and her opinion of Gibson, whose recorded tirades just keep coming.

Radar Online released a fourth disturbing tape Wednesday. This time, the actor is ranting at his girlfriend and mother of his daughter, Oksana Grigorieva, about falling asleep without having sex with him.  And as we all know by now, when Gibson screams, it's pretty scary. (The Times has not independently verified the authenticity of the tapes, but no one connected to Gibson has called them into question).

"People lost their minds and said, 'Oh, you are defending him!' " Whoopi said on "The View" on Wednesday. "I do believe had you actually watched the show -- all of you nice bloggers out there and all the folks that sit around at home and try to figure out stuff to do -- if you had actually watched the show, you would have heard us say, and you would have heard me specifically say, 'I don't condone this. I don't think this is right. I don't think this is smart. But here's the piece of information I have that I don't think this is right: My experience tells me this is not a racist. Being a black woman, you'd think you'd give me a little bit of leeway to have some feel if I was around a racist. But I understand you don't get it. I understand that.' "

While it's true that on Tuesday Whoopi did say that she doesn't "like what he did here" and went on to call Gibson a "bonehead" instead of a "racist," her laser focus on the racial issue may have sparked some of the public ire simply because this story stopped being about a racism quite a few Mel Gibson tapes ago.

Maybe that's why bloggers and others have "lost their minds," as Whoopi says. Maybe it's just a tad bit strange to go out on a limb at this moment in time to defend Mel Gibson for anything? And to call him a "bonehead" seemed oddly mild, didn't it?

Please don't spit at me, Whoopi. Just sayin'.

Oh, one last thing: Those "folks that sit around at home" are your viewers. No need to be condescending toward them.

-- Maria Elena Fernandez


Photo: Whoopi Goldberg. Credit: Donna Svennevik/ABC


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Comments () | Archives (26)

Well said, Ms Maria Elena Fernandez and well written.

Whoopi has the right to think that he is not a racist BUT, based on his PATTERN of hateful and bigoted comments about various groups (gays, blacks, latinos, women), TO ME he appears to be a racist, bigot, and abuser. Before he made the bigoted comments about Jews, Blacks, and Women, I STOPPED patronizing Mel Gibson movies years ago when he made anti-gay comments. To every INDIVIDUAL (including the NAACP and JEWISH groups) who have commented or complained about Mel Gibson's bigoted comments about Blacks, Jews, and Women, but did not have an issue with his anti-gay comments years ago, you also should have stopped patronizing his movies years ago when he made the ani-gay comments. When will you LEARN that when you sit back and be silent and continue to support people who are BIGOTS just because they are not being bigoted against YOUR own group, it is WRONG. And usually, it is just a matter of time before that BIGOT will demonstrate or voice his (or her) TRUE hateful feelings about your own group. So please, to any of you who did not have an issue with his anti-gay comments, STOP being SELECTIVE with your OUTRAGE. Yes, I agree he was wrong for the negative comments he made about Blacks, Jews, and Women, but he was just as wrong for the anti-gay comments that spewed from his mouth. Bigotry directed towards any group (i.e. race, gender, sexual orientation, religious, diabled, etc.) when ignored and accepted, is an injustice to ALL groups, and it re-enforces to the BIGOT that they can continue with their bigotry against ANY GROUP without negative consequences. DON'T patronize this what appears to be racist, anti-gay, anti-semitic, misogynistic BIGOT'S movies, and maybe, just maybe, this (apparent PIG) will realize that when he is financially broke and living in a f**king tree house, he may see that his pattern of hate-filled tirades about other groups is wrong and have not benefited him in ANY way.

Whoopi has a strange track record defending celebrities. She defended Christian Bale when his rants became public. She's defending Mel Gibson. And she was the one who defended her then-boyfriend Ted Danson's offensive black-faced performance.

If she wants to defend celebrities who are racist, abusive or offensive, by all means, she has every right to do so. But the arena of public opinion means that people will respond to her comments as well. She should not be surprised or outraged when people who disagree with her are surprised and outraged.

Good for her for speaking up for her friend!

Mel has a foul mouth - no doubt, but his choice of words do not make him a racist. Especially when those same words are used among the races indicated - on a daily basis - to describe themselves, oh please.

The most important issue here is not whether Mel Gibson is a racist....but is he a woman and child abuser. If the tapes are real, then I observe that he has contempt for himself as he violently expresses himself to his baby's mother in the presence of his daughter. Think about the trauma and discomfort he created for this child....terrible. Additionally, his self contempt spills over to a woman who really sounds afraid of him. It is highly offensive to read the reports and the constant reference to him as the "Braveheart" star. Sounds more like a coward heart. He should be expressing sincere regret for his outburts. No need to address what appears to be serious sexual issues, but primary concern is the excessive verbal and mental abuse.
Often times women who do not feel good about themselves subject themselves to degrading relationships for paper with ink.
They both need serious help....it is not about taking sides, it is about acting in the best interest and safety of all involved.
Accept no forms of abuse...

Shame. I saw/heard what whoopi said.....i didn't misinterpret.....domestic violence is always wrong..............i used to be a fan.............

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