Presumably as part of her contract with The View, Whoopi Goldberg must always take the side of any celebrity accused of wrongdoing which gave the world this gem on Roman Polanski “It wasn’t rape-rape.” Now, like Jesse James before him, Whoopi is going to bat for Mel Gibson despite videotaped recordings of him using racial slurs like so many rosary beads around his penis during intercourse. Via Popeater:
“I know Mel, and I know he’s not a racist,” Whoopi said on ‘The View’ on Monday, seeming both earnest and cautious to weigh in. “I have had a long friendship with Mel. You can say he’s being a bonehead, but I can’t sit and say that he’s a racist having spent time with him in my house with my kids. I don’t like what he’s done, make no mistake.”
When Joy Behar asked if Goldberg considered Gibson anti-Semitic after his 2006 tirade against a Jewish police officer in LA , Goldberg began calling him “an ass” before stifling herself. Whoopi then pinpointed alcohol as the culprit. “Drunks say stupid stuff to people all the time — because they’re drunk, they’re out of control, they are not thinking, they are idiotic. I can’t say anything about people like that because I know what they’re like when they’re drunk. This rant? I don’t think he’s drunk on this rant.”
Whoopi concluded: “I’m not defending Mel. I’m simply saying I don’t see him as [a racist] because that’s not been my experience with him.”
So Whoopi Goldberg’s entire defense is that Mel Gibson never acted racist around her, a black person, so therefore he’s not a bigot. Jesus. Did she stop to think maybe he was afraid she’d call her pack? Sure, Mel Gibson never met a fight he couldn’t blame on the Jews, but the man knows when he’s outnumbered.