Whoopi Goldberg joined the cast of ABC’s “The View” this morning, taking over for Rosie O’Donnell, and she’s managed to generate a little controversy on day one by employing the “everyone does it” defense for Michael Vick. From WSB Atlanta:
NEW YORK — Whoopi Goldberg started her stint on ABC’s “The View” Tuesday by coming to the defense of convicted felon Michael Vick. Just 15 minutes into the show she brought up Vick’s conviction on dogfighting charges.
“You know from his background this is not an unusual thing for where he comes from,” said Goldberg. “There are certain things that are indicative to certain parts of our country.”
Co-host Joy Behar seemed shocked at Goldberg’s statements. “How about dog torture and dog murdering,” Behar asked.
“Unfortunately it’s part of the thing,” Goldberg replied. “You’re a dog lover. For a lot of people dogs are sport,” she added.
Behar continued to shake her head in disgust.
Lest you think that Goldberg is alone in such sentiment you’d be mistaken. Current and former NFL players such as Clinton Portis and Deion Sanders and NBA star Stephon Marbury have offered up defenses for Vick even after it was obvious Vick was involved.