Click to Skip Ad
Closing in...

Whoopi Goldberg Has a Message For 'The View''s Misogynist Critics: "We Are Grown-Ass Women, Not Girls with Cat Claws"

by Helen Lee
July 15, 2014 3:46 PM
3 Comments
  • |


If ABC's "The View" was subjected to the Bechdel test, it would pass with flying colors every time. Sadly, the Bechdel test exists for a reason - large parts of society and the media seem intent on devaluing any rare instance of two women talking to each other about something other than a man (the criteria required to pass the aforementioned test).

One of their favorite ways of doing this is by turning any discussion with the slightest amount of dissent into a bitch fight, and implying that the women involved are most likely at each other's throats in real life. Now, we are not claiming that "The View" was ever a model of restrained debate. It's very easy to see how the show angles for viewers by inviting outlandish opinions and women who clearly revel in disagreement.

But we can accept this, and still acknowledge that adopting such a strategy opens the show to a level of criticism and debate that would never be levelled at it were it to feature an all-male panel. We all know how it goes - men are bold, confident, forthright, while women are screechy, abrasive, and yes, bitchy.

Well, Whoopi Goldberg has directly addressed anyone who would make such clearly misogynist claims. On yesterday's show, she raised the issue amid continuing speculation over who may or may not be joining the show, and how the remaining panelists may or may not feel about that. 

"We don't know who's coming in, but I will tell you this: The respect that I have for the people who work here will not change," Goldberg said. "I will do my best to respect the audience, to make sure that we bring you ‘The View' that Barbara Walters wanted you to have, which is women talking about issues. We are not little kids, we are grown ass women".

"I'm just tired of people saying, ‘oh, you know if this one comes in, or if this one comes in,’ I don't argue with people, we have spirited discussions,'" Goldberg continued. "I don't fight with people, that's not my way. Quit trying to make me into something I'm not. I'm not a little girl with cat claws. I am not a cat, I am a human being. I am a girl with a fist. And so, I'm just telling y'all, ‘The View’ is going to evolve as it always has. Quit trying to make something happen and let whatever's going to happen, happen, and we hope you will join us when we come back".

It's still surprisingly rare to see the language of misogyny deconstructed on a mainstream platform such as "The View", and the power of doing so should not be underestimated. Well said, Whoopi.

get email updates
  • |

3 Comments

  • Linda Zeigler | July 16, 2014 2:18 PMReply

    Heard twice now in the last few episodes of the View the dis-satisfaction with phone carriers.
    I am currently experiencing a heightened level of frustration with the president secretary of the carrier where they refused to cancel my contract, when they disconnected me without any warning. I finally replaced them with the competition, being done with that behavior and they are threatening to ruin my credit if I don't pay the extortion of charges-charging me for another month and a half of services beyond the disconnection date that I didn't receive, after a sixteen year relationship ,that they cannot and have not provided the contract giving them a right to treat me like this including a breakdown of charges(asked for in writing three times.) After filing a complaint with State Utilities Commission, whom took the utilities side without proof, when the utilities dept. ignored the proof I sent in -showing no calls/or texts on my bill that they did not contact me several times as they alleged. Later to find out that the appeals complaints are handled by the same person whom said they are all handled by an unbiased independent, and they gives you one and only one chance to refute decision to be done within two weeks, but I only had about three days prior to the expiration. Mine must of been mailed late. I'm curious how this is even legal? I'm bent on not buckling on this forum of intimidation, where we are free to chose our service provider. Since this is obviously being felt by many, the manipulation by these entities, I'm willing to start a campaign to reform this abuse. Now I'm having to bring carrier into court to have Judge decide contractually be decided. What's your View? Right To Fight or Flight? Wanted to break up with out being the Vampires victim for life. Commercial-satire that is pathetic to their customer service approach.

  • D. Valentin | July 16, 2014 7:50 AMReply

    Ridiculous @Jon Bell and racist. You only say ghetto because she is black. Whoopi makes a clear point, and just because you use profanity doesn't make you ghetto. In fact, I'm sure when you go to the movies and see a white person using any profanity you never think to yourself, "wow, that person is ghetto because they said ass."

    Whoopi is hardly ghetto.

  • jon bell | July 15, 2014 6:32 PMReply

    The fact you would male a public comment using the term "grown-ass" proves you're not a "grown-ass" woman. Fat-ass maybe, but not grown-ass. Clean up your mouth. America is tired of ghetto talk.

Email Updates