Whoopi Goldberg made the news again for saying something that could be considered derogatory toward women. Last week, ESPN host Stephen A. Smith made some very controversial comments about how women may provoke men to domestic violence. He apologized on Monday, but rather than just leaving it alone, Whoopi defended his original remarks on The View this week.
She said that women should not be surprised to be hit by a man if they are the first ones to strike. "If you hit somebody, you cannot be sure you are not going to get hit back!" she said.
Wow. Did she really just advocate for violence against women? Jenny McCarthy and guest co-host Sunny Hostin immediately pushed back, saying Goldberg was blaming the victim, but the she wouldn't be persuaded.
She did insist that no one should be hitting anyone, but also said:
If you make the choice as a woman who’s four foot three and you decide to hit a guy who’s six feet tall and you’re the last thing he wants to deal with that day and he hits you back, you cannot be surprised!
I'm not even sure where to go with this. First let's make the caveat that domestic abuse can happen to anyone -- male or female, and it should always be taken seriously.
But let's dive into the idea that it seems to be perfectly acceptable in Whoopi Goldberg's world for a six-foot man to hit a four-foot-three woman in any way, shape, or form. It doesn't matter what that lady does, he is much bigger, and more likely than not, much stronger than her. Should she have hit him in the first place? No. Does she deserve to be hit? Absolutely not.
If for some reason, this fictitious female is a bit psycho, and goes full throttle attacking her man, he has every right to pin her down with necessary force until she's subdued or backups arrive, but none of that involves hitting her.
It is never OK to hit another person, even if they hit you first. Same thing goes for women -- if you're hit, you have every right to defend yourself, but retaliation is a whole 'nother thing.
Do you think it's ever OK or acceptable for a man to hit a woman?
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