Whoopi Goldberg shocked America on Thursday with her opinion on the University of California, Berkeley protest. Ultra-liberal Goldberg is infamous for siding with protestors of any right-wing or conservative viewpoint. However, she had strong words for those at Wednesday night’s event.
Breitbart editor Milo Yiannopoulos was scheduled to speak on campus. Instead of just not going, student’s at the liberal institution rioted. Although American’s have the right to peacefully assemble, the key word is peacefully.
While discussing the event on Thursday’s show, Goldberg stated,
“You know, I can’t say this strongly enough. You can protest any speaker you want to. But the minute you get violent…you say you’re protesting because you want to protect people and stuff and then you go and burn people’s stuff? What the hell man?”
She continued, “Whoever it is, it all happened in Berkeley and you can protest and say ‘we don’t want this speaker’… don’t go hear him. Because the problem with you saying ‘stop, this person can’t come’, is the person you want to come then will be stopped by somebody else.”
These are shocking comments coming from someone who has supported Occupy Wall Street and Black Lives Matter.
One of Goldberg’s co-hosts, Sara Haines, interjected a philosophy she credited to Martin Luther King Jr.
“When you get violent you betray the message of what you were trying to say and you lose your power.”
This comment is spot on. Conservatives and Tea Partiers constantly preach this even though the media accuses them of behaving like the Berkeley protesters. It’s great to see the other side has finally caught up.
Joy Behar interjected that, “there were protesters and there were outside agitators. Protesters did not do this.” While another co-host respond,“but we don’t know who did this,” Goldberg pointed out, “That’s the problem.” She explained the protesters and the agitators get lumped together and all get blamed. She then spoke directly to those acting violently:
“Listen outside agitators, you’re not helping. You’re not helping because you are burning people’s businesses. You are setting people back. What the hell man. Protest all you want to. Stop messing with people’s stuff.”
Behar redirected the conversation by questioning Yiannopoulos’ right to even be at the school.
Goldberg quickly responded, “Everybody has a right to speak there,” though she did point out she does not agree with him. Fair enough. That’s how it is suppose to be.
Behar continued, claiming he does have a right to speak, but in her college days they vetted such speakers. And there in lies the crux of the problem with her argument. Colleges and universities, of all places, ARE the platform such diverse speakers should be invited.
Liberals such as Behar had no issues when Iranian President Ahmadinejad spoke at Columbia University in 2007. In fact, they praised the school’s openness and diversity. However, she questioned why Yiannopoulos, a banned “troll” from Twitter, was even there. Murderous dictator, perfectly ok. Social media troll, despised and evil.
Goldberg politely pointed out the Young Republican Club invited him. Despite that, Behar insisted she fully supported the First Amendment before again questioning his right to even be there and then listing his politically incorrect violations.
Though Goldberg agreed in Yiannopoulos’ offensiveness, she vigorously continued to defend his right to speak,
“Everyone has a right to speak. Joy if you..listen, that is not our thing to control. If they want to invite him that’s fine. You don’t have to go see it. But you can not …you can protest outside, but you don’t have the right to destroy other people’s stuff. You can protest anybody and anyone can protest you. You have the right to do that…that’s what we’re saying, but you do not have the right to destroy.”
For the first time that I can remember, I actually agree with Whoppi. Regardless, where in the world was this Whoppi Goldberg when people where burning down Ferguson and Baltimore? I applaud her for standing up to the violence that is happening at these schools. However, these agitators are the same professional protesters that burned property, destroyed businesses and beat up innocence people during Black Lives Matter protests. Whether it is in response to a police shooting or an unpopular speaker, violent protesting is NEVER ok.
I pray this is a new leaf for Goldberg and not just a single issue response. Even so, I support what she said and if it can open the eyes of the millennials that actually tune in to that show, then more power to her.
But that’s just my 2 cents.