Their throats must be really sore. Whoopi Goldberg and Rosie O’Donnell got into a cringe-worthy screaming match about racism during The View on Thursday, Dec. 18. The ladies got into a heated discussion when O’Donnell, co-host Rosie Perez, and Orange Is the New Black’s Laverne Cox agreed that it’s racist when African-Americans are profiled in stores.
Begging to differ, Goldberg argued that incidents like that aren’t racist, but instead are based on general ignorance. “You need to know what real racism is,” she tells the panel. “Racism is when someone comes up to you and says, ‘I hope you f—king die. That’s racism.”
“I’ve been black for 60 years,” Goldberg added. “For me, stupidity, there are dumb folks who just say dumb stuff because they’re not looking or paying attention to the person they’re talking to which is why people could walk up to Obama and not look up at him and see that it’s the president.”
Perez was quick to disagree with Goldberg’s statement. “But that’s the conscious racism!” the actress, who is Puerto Rican, said. “When my sister Carmen and I were in San Antonio — we were in an exclusive hotel, we’re in exclusive VIP lounge, there are millions of people, right? We walk in and they asked my sister Carmen to clean the table.”
The Rosies shared the same viewpoint, but Goldberg wasn’t having it. When Goldberg questioned if Perez’s experience was actually an example of racism, O’Donnell took the conversation to another level — and octave. “I’m a gay American whose been called an [expletive],” O’Donnell said, acknowledging that she knows what racism is. “I have a black kid I raised Whoopi! I have a kid in my house!”
Goldberg snapped that the situations aren’t the same, as to which O’Donnell replied: “You don’t need to be black to know what racism is!”
Goldberg added: “Yes you do.”
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