Whoopi Goldberg Defends Jay Z, Solange Comments: “If You Hit Anybody, They Have the Right to Hit You Back”

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Whoopi Goldberg defended comments she made on The View earlier this week that men have the right to hit women if they hit them first; "I didn't say Jay Z should have hit Solange," she says Johnny Nunez/WireImage

It's her view, after all. Whoopi Goldberg is clearing up comments that she made on The View earlier this week while discussing Jay Z and Solange Knowles' elevator scuffle at a Met Gala afterparty. During Tuesday's episode, the actress said that any man has the right to hit a woman — if she hits first.

"I think Solange was quite ready for him to do whatever he was going to do. This is the thing: If anybody hits you, you have the right," Goldberg, 58, said on May 13. "I know that many people are raised in a different waybut if a woman hits you, to me, you have the right to hit her back."

When Barbara Walters specifically asked if she believes it was okay for a man to hit a woman, Goldberg replied: "If I slap a man, he has every right to slap me back."

Goldberg quickly received backlash after her controversial statement, and decided to clarify her remarks in a video posted on her Facebook page Thursday. 

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"Hey, I know everyone is freaking out like I said that they would when I said if someone hits you, you have the right to hit them back. I didn't say Jay Z should have hit Solange," she said. "I said if you hit a man that man has the right to hit you back. That's what I said."

"I stand by that," she continued. "If you hit anybody, they have the right to hit you back. This idea that men aren't supposed to hit womenif you slap a man he has the right to slap you back. Now, not everyone is going to agree and I'm okay with that. But that's how I feel. That's why I don't slap anybody."

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