Whoopi Goldberg and Rosie O’Donnell locked heads during a debate on racism in America on “The View.” The two women ended up shouting at each other on live television.
The screamfest happened after guest co-host Laverne Cox commented she found it racist for black people to be followed around in stores and business establishments and profiled.
The remark sparked a debate between African-American Goldberg and a white O’Donnell — both of whom are rumored to be feuding on set.
"You need to know what real racism is," the “Sister Act” actress replied, as published by E! News. "Racism is when someone comes up to you and says, 'I hope you f—king die. That's racism."
"I've been black for 60 years,” she continued. "There are dumb folks who just say dumb stuff because they're not looking or paying attention to the person they're talking to which is why people could walk up to Obama and not look up at him and see that it's the president."
Goldberg’s comment likely stemmed from news stories relating First Lady Michelle Obama’s personal experience with racism in a Target store.
Hispanic co-host Rosie Perez argued that even her race is subject to discrimination, recounting an incident in an exclusive hotel where her sister, Carmen, was asked to clean a table in the VIP lounge.
Goldberg skeptically asked whether Perez’s experience was really racism or just “ridiculousness,” at which point Rosie O’Donnell angrily responded, calling the whole thing “stupid,” and telling all her co-hosts she believes the U.S. is largely racist.
"You know what, listen, you are a white lady telling me what is racist to you, which is fine." Goldberg stated, prompting O’Donnell to start screaming:
"I'm a gay American whose been called an [expletive].” She shouted in reference to American homophobia. “I have a black kid at my house, Whoopi. I have a black kid I raise! You don't have to be black to know what racism is.”
To help you absorb the atmosphere of that shouting match, here’s a report on the incident at “The View”:
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