Tuesday, September 04, 2007

The (Weird) View: Whoopi defends Vick

Whoopi Goldberg debuted today on The View and ... following in Rosie O'Donnell's well-chewed footsteps ... she immediately defended dog serial killer Michael Vick.

Goldberg said: "From where he comes from" in the South, dogfighting isn't that unusual. ... It's like cockfighting in Puerto Rico. There are certain things that are indicative to certain parts of the country."

Incredibly, she went on to suggest that Vick wasn't even sure it was wrong.

By defending the admitted felon Vick as merely doing something that folks like him do every day in their rural, Southern culture where “this is not questioned,” she shows her ignorance. By rushing to tell (mostly) white folks that it’s just a black thing, she shows some racism.

Whoopi conveniently overlooks the fact that Vick and his pals went to great lengths to keep things hidden and under wraps. Why? Because they KNEW it was against the law! Dog-fighters KNOW it’s illegal to fight, abuse and kill dogs, as well as to gamble on the fights … which (as Vick and his buddies did) are usually held secretly. Those guys cannot possibly make a defense that they “was just doin’ what we does here in the South.” Whoopi is way out in left field, socially and legally.

In the face of Vick's own admissions (and upcoming prison sentence), it really takes some kind of odd logic to say, "Oh, it's no big deal."


Kevin Fitzroy said...

This is just another example of anti-Southern stereotyping put forward by a Hollywood elitist, drunk on the anticipation of stirring things up for ratings.

As an apologist for for such a reprehensible character flaw, Goldberg deserves a modified, yet still punitive, version of Vick's ostracism.

Erik said...

Well, someone had to defend him and Jesse Jackson has been quite notably silent, perhaps he's a dog lover?

Defending Vick's actions as just what southerners do would mean defending the KKK for cross burning.

On the other hand, it would have been priceless to see Elizabeth "GOP talking points parrot" Hasselbeck's expression. Not that this is political at all, she just annoys the holy heck out of me for her utter lack of an original thought.

SingingSkies said...

You know, Whoopie's usually a pretty astute person. At least that's been my observation of things she's said in the past. I've not seen the video of this. Could it be that she took that stance just to generate buzz for The View and to jumpstart the argu-a-sation? I certainly wouldn't put it past her.

Ron Franscell said...

Gosh, you don't think celebrities would stoop to wildly incredible statements simply to generate publicity, do you? How terribly jaded and cynical you must be. Celebrities are genuine, honest, humble and .... oh wait, nevermind. Wrong speech.

Ron Franscell said...

Erik, I had a similar rhetorical question: Would Whoopi defend a racist white Southerner simply because he grew up in a culture where racism is part of the fabric of this culture?

I think Whoopi's defense of Vick was, as SigningSkies aptly points out, a deliberate effort to be a lightning rod. Secondarily, I think it was a racial defense against what Whoopi likely sees as an unfair prosecution of a black man. I kept waiting for her to say, "How come they never prosecute white dogfighters?"

Horace said...

Whoopi defended Roman Planski's rape of a 13 year old girl. Defending dog fighting and rape just shows you how debased of morals that this woman has.