Whoopi Goldberg is once again in the hot seat for defending a controversial figure on The View. This time around, she's sharing the scorn with newbie co-host Raven-Symoné.
Last week, the ABC talk show hosts continued to show support for accused serial rapist Bill Cosby, despite the unsealing of a 2005 deposition that revealed the legendary comedian admitted to acquiring quaaludes for the purpose of using them on women he planned to have sex with.
Symoné stated on The View she didn't like to talk about the case, because Cosby gave the actress her first job on The Cosby Show. Here's her quote:
“I don’t really like to talk about it that much because he’s the reason I’m on this panel in the first place. He gave me my first job...But at the same time, you need the proof, and then I’ll be able to give my judgment here or there. And now there are real facts. More people can come up.”
Goldberg brought up her own use of quaaludes during the 70's and 80's before doubling down on her defense of Cosby, saying he has not been proven of rape and that she doesn't like "snap judgments".
The Daily Beast blogger Amy Zimmerman thinks it's time ABC made a judgment call about Goldberg and Symoné's employment. In a column posted Friday, she wrote the two women should be fired. Here's an excerpt:
Goldberg and Symoné’s job descriptions include starting debates and stirring up controversy. But there’s nothing bold or enlightening about their outdated take on the Cosby case. The millennial women who Symoné was hired to attract will role their eyes at ambiguous, side-stepping statements, and shudder while the women of The View appropriate the victim-blaming speeches and cowardly inactions of their college deans. In addition to alienating viewers, The View’s insistence on harboring rape apologists places the talk show firmly on the wrong side of history. Making survivors feel triggered and unsafe is the television purview of Game of Thrones and Fox News—not The View. While every woman is entitled to her own opinion, ABC shouldn’t provide Symoné and Goldberg with a public forum in which to silence and invalidate other women. It’s time for some new ladies to grab the mics.
Do you agree with Goldberg and Symoné's stance that Cosby has yet to proven guilty of rape, or do you agree with Zimmerman and think the women should be dismissed from The View over their positions? Sound off in the comments!