Uhhhhh… I honestly don’t even know where to start with this bullshit that’s come out of Whoopi Goldberg‘s mouth. The context is that she was discussing the Ray Rice case. If you’re not familiar with what happened there, Ray Rice was suspended from the Baltimore Ravens for domestic violence against his wife. Rice claimed that his wife hit him first, ESPN’s Stephen A. Smith then said that women provoke men into violence and Whoopi then stepped up to agree with that statement on The View. Because clearly her brain has begun to atrophy.
“Don’t be surprised if you hit a man, he hits you back.”
“If you make the choice as a woman who is 4’3? and you decide to hit a guy who is 6 foot tall and you’re the last thing you want he wants to deal with that day and he hits you back, you cannot be surprised.”
“I know I’m going to catch a lot of hell, and I don’t care. But you have to teach women, do not live with this idea that men have this chivalry thing still with them, don’t assume that that is still in place.”
I understand what she’s saying in that some men don’t give a shit and will hit women back, and I’m also not saying that women should have a free pass to batter men. HOWEVER, that does not make domestic violence on a man’s part right. Chances are, if a woman slaps or hits her husband, he has the physical capability to overpower her and stop the attack. Why on earth would he need to attack back, and how in the hell is that an excuse (if it even happened at all)? And why on earth should you expect to be hit by your partner at all? If someone hit me, you’d better damn sure believe I’d be surprised by it, and then I’d call the police and then I’d pack my shit and leave, end of.
Then again, Whoopi Goldberg is known for her victim blaming bullshit, so I’m not at all surprised here.