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