The XX Factor

Is Whoopi Goldberg a Hollywood Loyalist to a Fault?

Yesterday, the ladies of The View took it upon themselves to unpack this whole Mel Gibson mess, commenting on the recording in which he calls his ex-girlfriend Oksana Grigorieva a “f*cking whore” and manages to use every racial slur known to mankind (including ” wetback ” and ” nigger .”) Basically, the tape doesn’t do much to inspire a diversity of opinion on the greater “Mel Gibson: Racist Asshole or Not?” debate. Yet, during yesterday’s show, Whoopi Goldberg took the opportunity to say that Gibson wasn’t a racist. Why? Because they’re friends, duh: “I have had a long friendship with Mel,” Whoopi said. “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’m starting to get the impression that Goldberg is a bizarre Hollywood loyalist, between defending Mel Gibson’s character after a profanity and slur-ridden I-want-to-smash-your-head-in tirade at his girlfriend and her defense last year of Roman Polanski’s apparently non-rapey rape (“it wasn’t rape-rape.”), I suppose Mel Gibson’s spewing the n-word all over the tape is maybe a little racist, but you know, not really “racist-racist?”