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Whoopi Goldberg Doesn’t Think Mel Gibson’s a Racist

But I heard she thinks I’m Santa Claus in a really good disguise, so her perception might be a bit, oh, skewed.

Goldberg spoke out in support of Gibson on a recent episode of The View, and claimed that Gibson had spent time in her home, and because of that, she’d know if he was a racially-motivated slimeball:

“I know Mel, and I know he’s not a racist,” Goldberg said. “He may be a bonehead … I can’t sit and say that he’s a racist, having spent time with him in my house with my kids.”

I mean, Whoopi, who is clearly African-American, speaking out on Mel’s behalf says a lot in more than just one way, but Joy Behar (a woman I generally don’t agree with much) claims otherwise. On the same episode, Behar blasted Gibson for his remarks stemming from a 2006 DUI arrest:

“Give me a break, you’re an anti-Semite, you’re a misogynist, and you’re a racist!”

So. Who are you siding with? A black woman who’s spent periods of personal time with the disgraced Patriot actor, or a sometimes-annoying, but outspoken woman that’s regrettably often right more than she’s not?

Should we even be debating this? What’s been said has been said, and there’s no “unsaying” it. I mean, it’s not as if he called people “poopyheads,” or “dumb morons” or something.

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  • I love it when people think that if someone can spend time around black people without having an episode of Klan-like rage, they cannot possibly be racist even when later on they prove it 100%.

  • What Mel is accused of is horrible. He has been around for so long with no problems and now within the last year he has gone off the deep end. He should be held accountable for his actions. The sad thing is that it seems no one is saying ‘let’s get this guy some help, he is obviously having some major problems’. So, aside from being held accountable, let’s try to find out what the cause is so he can be helped. Everyone is so quick to kick him to the curb. Is it drinking, is it a mental breakdown, is it both? For someone to act the way he is acting, there is something very, very wrong. No one in their right mind would hit a women holding a child or say the things he is saying.

    • iknowitall:

      I have to disagree. Many people who are “in their right mind” (not mentally ill) abuse their spouses. Many people are not insightful, are selfish and emotional, and do not take care of themselves, these people may have nonadaptive coping mechanisms as well – these are the people may hit their wives with their children present. You don’t have to be raging psychotic or in the midst of a manic episode to be a selfish, abusive a**hole. “We” cannot get him help, he needs to seek it or his doctor needs to involuntarily commit him if he is in fact ill and requires help. “We” can speak up and say that his behavior is not condoned and is socially frowned upon.

  • Mel’s a demon, for spittin’ words and keeping his bitch in line, but Polanski can rape a kid and it’s OK. I love you Americans. LOL

    • Well said, and I agree. I mean, he may very well be a horrible racist, and I wouldn’t be surprised. The thing is, he has obviously gone off the deep end and chooses to say the most foul, disgusting, offensive words he can think of. And that growling, scary ass voice. The man is in need of serious mental help

  • I guess this really depends upon what the term “racist” means to a person, but I don’t think he’s a one — I think he’s just nuts. People who are emotionally and mentally unstable often do and say things with the specific intention of inflicting as much insult or pain as they possibly can, and often times this can include using a racial epithet or slur. However, this does not necessarily mean that the person is a racist at heart.

    • I think it makes people feel better to say that someone must be ill to say those things. Sometimes people are just selfish jerks with no insight. And if he is ill, we need to recognize that this does not absolve him of abuse. People who are mentally ill are still intelligent, they still know the difference between right and wrong – and if for whatever reason their upbrigning never allowed for that, they can learn. People with mental illness are not to be pitied, they are to be empowered. And by making excuses and saying that they can’t help it we are being irresponsible to the person who is ill and to the people who are on the receiving end of the abuse. Most people who are mentally ill (bipolar even) are not abusive. Most people do not say/do these things when they are sick.

  • Whoopi also made excuses for him; “He was drunk, we all say boneheaded things when we are drunk.” While I see what she is saying (had he been sober he may not have told the police officer that the jews caused all the wars etc) I think it is irresponsible to use alcohol as an excuse – he chose to have those drinks. I also do not think that alcohol influences the TYPE of thought we have. Alcohol removes our verbal filter but it does not implant anti-semantic beliefs. He needs to take responsibility for the things that he says and does, and we need to continue to put pressure on people who behave this way.

    I am watching the View right now and Whoopi said something like “I said I do not condone his behaviour… my experience is that he is not a racist… Seeing as I am a black women you’d think people would give my opinion more weight.” (this is not word for word) He is not accused of being racist against black people; whoopi is not Jewish. Also, his abusive remarks (towards his gf) may not have come out around her – people tend to reserve this behavior for the privacy of their own homes. She is also trying to normalize racism, claiming everyone is racist. I used to like Whoopi but she is not able to take an objective viewpoint, I think that that should be a requirement for the view. Grrrr.

    Some people are also saying that Mel may have Bipolar disorder. I am a senior psychiatric nursing student and the view of the staff on acute psychiatric wards is that having a mental illness is not an excuse. If you are mentally ill you are still responsible for the choices you make, the things that you say, etc. He can take control of his illness (if he has one). He can’t be running around yelling at cops and sexually harassing them, making anti-semantic remarks, and being verbally and physically abusive to his spouse. No excuses, grown man, take responsibility.

    end of rant