the view from a broad

I saw just enough of The View yesterday — just enough to feel confused by and concerned about Whoopi Goldberg’s comments on Roman Polanski. But a guy (of course it’s a guy) on Mediaite.com seems to be even more confused. Here’s the bit that really bothers me:

Keep an eye on your drinks, ladies, because in Whoopi’s world, the right dose of rohypnol will leave you just conscious enough to have deserved it.

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Um, no, I don’t think Whoopi would agree with that statement. But in her inelegant attempts to clarify the legal issues, she did seem to be muddling the moral issues. Here’s the relevant clip:

Troubling, to say the least. Still, I think Tommy Christopher at Mediaite goes too far when he says "some of the View crew" think that what Polanski did was "OK." (Christopher also needed an editor to correct the "plead" that should be "pleaded" and the "poo-poo" that should be "pooh-pooh," but then Mediaite.com isn’t exactly known for stellar prose.)

I do agree that it’s upsetting that so many people seem to want to give Polanski a break. What he did was disgusting, wrong, and — above all — criminal. You did the crime, you do the time, right? I don’t think that saying usually ends with "unless you manage to skip the country and make a lot of movies." As usual, Jezebel says it best:

… none of the ladies [of The View] tried to justify Polanski’s actions with the "defense" that he’s a genius artist who made groundbreaking movies and should therefore be immune to punishment. Because make no mistake: those people are flat-out saying they would refuse to give up a few good movies to prevent the rape of a child. Whoopi may have been wrong today, but at least she wasn’t that wrong.

Right on.

But about that clip, on an entirely different note: did you notice that Melissa Gilbert was the guest host? Isn’t it amazing to see Half Pint so very grown up? It’s as if Laura Ingalls has somehow stumbled into the 21st century, and I just can’t make sense of it. Where are your pigtails, Half Pint?!

In conclusion, The View continues to befuddle and bemuse me. But I’m looking forward to the premiere of Joy Behar’s new show tonight.

Joy Behar

Joy, by the way, is on my fantasy dinner party guest list. She’d be great at keeping the conversation going. The other guests at my fantasy dinner party include the Clintons (Mr., Mrs., and daughter), John Waters, and Mary Murphy, but the latter isn’t allowed to come out of the kitchen until dessert — because you just know she’s going to be loud and soused.

How did I get from Roman Polanski to my fantasy dinner party? Hmm. He’s definitely not invited. And now I’m not so sure about Whoopi, either.

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4 Responses to “the view from a broad”

  1. Tresa Bennett says:

    A little Whoopi goes a long way. I used to be a fan but hearing many of her views on “The View” have left me wishing she would go away. Quite often it seems like she is a bully and has a bad attitude. This is not a knee-jerk reaction to Whoopi Goldberg. I have followed her career since “The Color Purple” and my feelings for her now are in response to things she has said and done on “The View”.

    PS: Scribegrrrl I’ve been following you (online, in a good way) since you were podcasting the “L Word” on Afterellen. Good talking to you.

  2. Megan says:

    I don’t understand this whole debate that’s been going on with Polanski or people condemning his arrest.

    I take no issue with people admiring the genius of his work, as I think it should be appreciated, but he should be in jail for raping a 13-year-old.

    Admire him, but hold him to the same standards as we would for any other individual who committed the same crime.

  3. jfromp says:

    I happened to catch part of The View yesterday during this very exchange. I hate when someone plays devil’s advocate, and I assumed that Whoopi was doing that. I paid no attention to her argument because that part of me that cringes starting cringing. To be an apologist for someone else’s criminal act is nothing short of appalling.

  4. Linster says:

    Whoopi did clarify at the first of the show today that she was just trying to get the facts technically correct. I’m not sure that explained everything she said, but there you have it.

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