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Who Is the Latest Michael Vick Defender??

9/4/2007 3:12 PM PDT BY TMZ STAFF

You'll never guess who the latest person is to jump into the Michael Vick defense fray!!


It's Whoopi!

On her first day as "The View's" moderator, Goldberg made a big splash -- more like a big splat --playing apologist for confessed dogfighting kingpin Michael Vick's canine torturing, explaining that dogfighting was "part of his cultural upbringing."

Much to the obvious dismay of "View"-mates Joy Behar and Elisabeth Hasselbeck, Goldberg suggested that Vick might not have known that he was doing a viciously horrific thing with his dogfighting ring. "You know, from his background, this is not an unusual thing for where he comes from," said the redundant Whoopi.

Not content to perpetuate stereotypes about Southerners and dogfighting, Goldberg also likened Vick and his outrage to the Chinese and eating cats. "People would not like it if we ate kitty," she said.
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46.

just wondering    

I hate to have to agree with Whoopi on her very first day, but I've said the very same thing about cultural upbringing. Some people are raised to believe that making some home moonshine, or shooting a deer out of season if the family is hungry, or whatever, is OK to do. Don't think that it makes it acceptable, and it's all breaking the law. Yes, I KNOW that dog-fighting is illegal, and I personally find it sickening -- but lots of things are illegal, like speeding, doing some "creative number-crunching" on tax returns, etc. And how many people do you know that are guilty of those things? He did the crime, now he'll do his time, then we all need to get off his back and let him live his life.

2424 days ago
47.

Lori    

Excuse me Whoopi, but i have lived in the South my entire life and never once have i seen nor know anyone that dogfights. Your "part of southern culture" comment is way off and extremely offensive!!!

2424 days ago
48.

Sarah Silverman Looks Like a Beast    

Who cares if Vick’s heinous crime was a part of his “cultural upbringing”, IT IS STILL A CRIME.

HEY WHOOPI, Good Job defending a violent criminal and promoting a cultural misconception about the Chinese eating cats, all at the same time.

HEY WHOOPI, do the Chinese also torture and drown the cats before they eat them?

What a SHAME that WHOOPI GOLDBERG turned out to be such an uneducated person!

2424 days ago
49.

Marina    

SHAME ON HER !!! Many childern are raised in lower income communities, and everybody knows when your killing or not killing, causing suffering and pain on a human or animal. Blood on your hands or no blood on your hands. I keep hearing some black people saying that "its in their culture,its part of growing up in the hood" blahh blah blah...the oppressed will always be the oppressor. Being poor doesnt give you a free ride to become a MURDERER. Or does it? Because as long as some of those in the black community ,like Whoopi, keep saying and doing things that hold no honor,respect and commpassion for all beings, then you will always be looked upon as criminals and low lifers. And then you wonder why we cross the strret when we see a "thug" on the same sidewalk. You keep reminding us too !!!

2424 days ago
50.

CANDACE    

IM NOT SO SURE SHE WAS DEFENDING HIM BUT THE FACT OF THE MATTER IS IT IS ILLEGAL AND HES NOT EXEMPT FROM IT. I HOPE HE IS SENTENCED WITH THE MAX AND WETHER ITS CUTURAL OR NOT ITS SICK AND TWISTED

2424 days ago
51.

Charlotte    

#32 crystal

So it's excused because he is from the deep south and is black and it is what they do?

Tell you what... I am from New Hampshire which is known as one of, if not the most racist state in the country. So if I visit other states and act like a racists I should be forgiven because of where I'm from?

2424 days ago
52.

vmg    

If Michael Vick didnt think he was doing anything wrong and it was part of his so called "up bringing" , then why the hell was he trying to hide it.....??? give me a break. Quit playing the friggen race card here.

2424 days ago
53.

The North    

I cannot believe Whoopi defending Vick implying people from the South are ignorant to laws regarding animal abuse. Guess what Whoopi, we have dog fights EVERYWHERE including Michigan, Ohio, New York and probably every state. What a slap in the face to everyone from the south! You say it's a "cultural" thing? Come on. Whether we are raised Caucasian, African-American, Japanese, Chinese, Latino, etc. we live in the UNITED STATES where animal abuse is ILLEGAL and we all know it. Most animal abusers are also known to eventually kill people.

2424 days ago
54.

Reality is....    

This makes me sick, this "excuse".

Blacks in general seem to use "culture" as an excuse for things that are not tolerated well by other groups. However, when we try to group things into a "culture" thing and it's negative, we never hear the end of it. It's about like us saying "all black have big lips", it's not true and neither is this. So is she saying that its okay for him to TORTURE dogs because he's black?

Although dog fighting is illegal and vicious, I have much more of a problem with the TORTURE of the dogs. Fight them, fine....treat them with respect, feed them well, but why the heck burn them and hang them? Is it part of the black "culture" to blatantly torture animals too? Did she even address this part of it?

Reality is, some black will stick up for other blacks no matter what the crime, because they feel they have the right to do so.

Like another poster said, it was part of southern "culture" to own slaves too....maybe we should do that again too, and blame it on "how we were raised".

2424 days ago
55.

bethany    

beachey, you better get out more, because the South is the headquarters for hardcore, long time dog fighting.

I'm talking about involving sherifs, cops, mayors, people in positions of authority.

It goes on because Southerners like you are clueless, or ignore it!

2424 days ago
56.

no view from here    

I live in the south-approximately 50 miles from where the dog fighting/killings took place and I must say this is NOT a "cultural thing" as stated by Whoopi Goldberg. She said Michael Vick was "raised in the south" and "this is part of his cultural upbringing". What an idiot she must be!! I didn't know that hanging a dog and then when it doesn't die right away you stick it in water then electrocute it was cultural. What a racist statement to lump all those from the south into dog killers!!

2424 days ago
57.

Justme    

HE NEW IT WAS WRONG OR HE WOULDNT HAVE DENIED DOING IT AT FIRST........

2424 days ago
58.

kath    

look, what vick and cronies did was horribly wrong - pure and simple. even if it were part of his upbringing, you'd think rising to the ranks of being a first-rate, starting quarterback in the NFL, making over $100 million that he'd gain some aspect of how things should and shouldn't be, and electrocuting, drowning and fighting dogs to their deaths is NOT a socially acceptable thing to do. AIM UP MICHAEL, AIM UP.

2424 days ago
59.

VPP    

First let me say whatever point she was trying to make about being in his cultural upbringing is just wrong. What he did was wrong and I beleive he is getting off easy. He actually made a list of his apologies. Who does that, I'll tell you, its a person (regardless of their upbringing or background) whom apparently does not feel any remorse for what he has done to those animals. I guarantee that if he didn't get caught he would still be doing it. I'm surprised Al Sharpton has not commented on this issue. What he did was wrong and he should pay for the crime for alot longer than 18 months.

2424 days ago
60.

observer    

She didn't say much for his background, and hers, did she? lol
Really, what else did we expect from her???

2424 days ago
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