Whoopi Bitter When Confronted with Hollywood’s Elitism, Moral Hypocrisy

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For the second day in a row, Thursday, guest co-host and Lincoln Project conservative Tara Setmayer triggered a member of ABC’s The View. This time it was Hollywood elitist Whoopi Goldberg who was irritated that Setmayer had called out the folks of Hollywood for being elitist and for their moral hypocrisy following the slapping incident between actor Will Smith and comedian Chris Rock at the Oscars on Sunday.

“But then they gave him a standing ovation though, Whoopi, which I think again goes back to why some people feel Hollywood elites are a bunch of hypocrites,” Setmayer decried. “Because they give these statements of moral superiority about things, and political statements, and then they’re standing there getting a standing ovation after he assaulted Chris rock.”

This immediately set Goldberg off. “I’m sorry. As one of those people — As one of those people, I’ve got to stop you,” she protested but Setmayer wouldn’t relent and pressed her on what she would have had she been in the room. Goldberg defended the elites.

“In the moment. So you’re sitting there, you’ve just gone — oh, no. You’ve gone, oh, what the — oh, yeah, and you’re up. Before you even know you’ve done something stupid,” she said. Setmayer reminded her that “[t]here was time in between” the slap and Smith winning his award, but it didn’t change her stance.

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Whoopi then gave a full-throated rant defending herself and her elitist friends by huffing about how they “work for a living” like everyone else and tried to say the criticism was so broad that it included people who weren’t famous:

I just want to stop with this elite stuff because, you know, a lot of us work for a living. We work. We collect a check. We got families. We try to do the same thing, the good stuff that everybody else tries to do. And it really pisses me off when people who work in Hollywood, not just the actors, but all the other folks.

“Well, not saying people don’t work for it but when you’re making millions of dollars,” Setmayer began to shoot back before Goldberg interrupted her again to say, “Some are making millions of dollars, but not everybody.”

The whole argument was very rich coming from actual elitists. But things got richer when Joy Behar, someone who condemns anyone who doesn’t agree with her politics chimed in to gripe: “You know what, Tara? You can’t paint the whole Hollywood people with one brush…”

Most of the coven on the show are the same way, particularly Sunny Hostin who on Wednesday flipped out and claimed everyone on the right was “crazy” and an “insurrectionist.”

“I think there’s an argument to be made about the industry. And when you’re clapping and a standing ovation after someone just assaulted someone on live television and now you’re applauding it,” Setmayer continued to press on to the chagrin of the rest of the cast.

And Setmayer had a point. These are the people who sat back and did nothing when Harvey Weinstein’s sick crimes were an “open secret.” And Goldberg herself was able to make a full return after making highly anti-Semitic statements about the Holocaust.

Whoopi Goldberg’s defense of the terrible behavior of Hollywood’s elite was made possible because of lucrative sponsorships from Ancestry and Allegra. Their contact information is linked.

The transcript is below, click “expand” to read:

ABC’s The View
March 31, 2022
11:18:26 a.m. Eastern

(…)

TARA SETMAYER: But then they gave him a standing ovation though, Whoopi, which I think again goes back to why some people feel Hollywood elites are a bunch of hypocrites. Because they give these statements of moral superiority about things, and political statements and then they’re standing there getting a standing ovation after he assaulted Chris rock.

WHOOPI GOLDBERG (Shouting over Setmayer): I’m sorry. As one of those people — As one of those people, I’ve got to stop you because that’s –

SETMAYER: You would have given him a standing ovation?

GOLDBERG: I would not have stood up, but that has nothing to do with why people do. Let me ask you a question.

SETMAYER: In the moment though?

GOLDBERG: In the moment. So you’re sitting there, you’ve just gone — oh, no. You’ve gone, oh, what the — oh, yeah, and you’re up. Before you even know you’ve done something stupid.

SETMAYOR: There was time in between. There was time in between.

GOLDBERG: I’m telling you what folks have said who were there.

JOY BEHAR: Okay.

[Crosstalk]

GOLDBERG: That’s what they said, and I’m just — I just want to stop with this elite stuff because, you know, a lot of us work for a living. We work. We collect a check. We got families. We try to do the same thing, the good stuff that everybody else tries to do. And it really pisses me off when people who work in Hollywood, not just the actors, but all the other folks.

So, please when you are talking about actors, be specific. If you’re pissed off about somebody or how they act, don’t put it on all of us. That’s like saying black people like chicken.

[Crosstalk]

SETMAYER: Well, not saying people don’t work for it but when you’re making millions of dollars, and —

GOLDBERG: Some are making millions of dollars, but not everybody.

SETMAYER: Average Americans look at that and it does come across that way.

BEHAR: You know what, Tara? You can’t paint the whole Hollywood people with one brush any more than you can say all these congressmen were having an orgy. It’s the same idea.

SETMAYER: I think there’s an argument to be made about the industry. [Crosstalk] I think there’s an argument to be made about the industry. And when you’re clapping and a standing ovation after someone just assaulted someone on live television and now you’re applauding it, and then —

GOLDBERG: Do you think they really — now just take a minute. Do you think they really were applauding him hitting Chris rock or is it possible —

SETMAYER: So it’s group think. I don’t know. I just think there’s something ugly about it.

[Crosstalk]

GOLDBERG: I think it was just — people just did dumb stuff. Because they’re like, “Okay, everybody’s up.” I don’t know. Again, I wasn’t there, but I give the benefit of the doubt because I have been in these situations.

SETMAYER: Fair enough.

(…)

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