It's a scene straight out of bizarro world - one of the most notable, and most liberal black comedians on TV defending news anchors who've used one of the most universally reviled racial slurs in history, eventually using it herself, while conservatives recoil. Yet that's exactly what happened on today's episode of The View, where Whoopi Goldberg went out of her way to not only defend the word, but say it on national TV. Ironically, she was bleeped while doing so. Newsbusters has more:
After some give and take mostly with co-host Barbara Walters who expressed discomfort with the idea, Goldberg said, "What reporters do is they report the news. And every time you make it ‘the N-word,’ it’s cute.”
She continued, “But I feel very strongly about the word. Do not eliminate it. It's part of our history. Every time people try to sort of make it sound better or more acceptable, let's call it what it is.”[...]
Ironically, part of Goldberg’s response was bleeped, but from what I can tell by trying to read her lips in the video, I believe she said, “Yes I call it what it is. I say n—ger, they bleep me."
Watch the exchange here:
This isn't the first time Goldberg has defended usage of the slur. Back in 2008, she had feuded with conservative View co-host Elizabeth Hasselbeck over whether the word means something different when used by black people than it does when used by white people. According to Goldberg, blacks use it as a term of endearment, making its usage more positive in that context.