Their throats must be really sore.
Whoopi Goldberg and Rosie O’Donnell got into a cringe-worthy screaming match about racism during “The View” on Thursday. The ladies got into a heated discussion when O’Donnell, co-host Rosie Perez, and “Orange Is the New Black’s” Laverne Cox agreed that it’s racist when African-Americans are profiled in stores.
The brouhaha started with Nicole Wallace asking an innocent question “Do you think we live in a racist country?”
Goldberg argued that incidents like being followed around stores or someone asking you to park their car are based on general ignorance, not racism. “You need to know what real racism is,” she told the panel. “Racism is when someone comes up to you and says, ‘I hope you [expletive] die. That’s racism.”
O’Donnell took the conversation to another level — and octave. “I’m a gay American whose been called an [expletive],” O’Donnell said, acknowledging that she knows what racism is. “I have a black kid I raised Whoopi! I have a kid in my house!” Goldberg snapped, insisting the situations aren’t the same, to which O’Donnell replied: “You don’t need to be black to know what racism is!”
The entire segment which built up the heated conversation between all the women on the panel ended with Rosie and Whoopi’s viral confrontation.
Transcript via AOL.com
Nicole: “Do you all think we live in a racist country?”
Rosie: “Without a doubt!”
Whoopi: “Is it just ridiculousness or is it racism?!”
Rosie O: “It’s racist and it’s stupid!’
Rosie P: ‘It’s both!’
Rosie O: “It’s two things at once!
Whoopi: “I just see it as stupid!”
Then, the gloves were off. “Listen, you are a white lady telling me what is racist to you,” Whoopi began. Rosie quickly cut her off, and the following shouts ensued:
Rosie O: “I am a gay American who has been called a [bleeped word] and I know what hatred and homophobia looks like!”
Whoopi: “It’s not the same!”
Rosie: “I have a black kid I raised Whoopi! I have a kid in my house!”
Whoopi: “That is not the same!”
Rosie: “You don’t have to be black to know what racism is!”
Whoopi: “Yes you do!”
Rosie: “No you don’t!”
Whoopi: “Yes you do baby!”
Rosie: “No you do not!”
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