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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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91.

VPP    

You know I'm tired of people trying to justify what he did, and especially now as a cultural upbringing. Wait where is Al Sharpton. I know that Whoppi is trying to bring another view into play. But how about this view WHAT HE DID WAS WRONG plain and simple. I'm sure that if he didn't get caught he would still be doing it. What gets me even more peeved is that this NFL Icon had the audacity to actually put a list together of things he should apologize for and in the very end put dogs has suffered. You think... He feels no remorse for what he has done and should serve maximum time for his crime. Nothing to do with cultural upbringing, maybe it was just how his family brought him up. Like the $100 million dollar deals weren't bringing in enough dough, greedy ass. What a low life you must be to torture animals for money that you don't obviously need and for pleasure.

2572 days ago
92.

redheadisnotdead    

that is the dumbest thing I have ever heard. Why must you blame the south. I'm from there and I don't know anyone who is involved in dogfighting. I was surprised to learn that it's popular at all, frankly.

2572 days ago
93.

Amber    

When people hunt, for the most part, they do it humanely. The try to take down the creature as quickly as possible, they do not hang, electrocute, drown, or stangle them. I grew up in the south, and yes I may be only 22, but the only people I've ever known to fight dogs were black, or wanted to be black. I know that sounds bad, and God forgive me for it, but that's the truth as I know it, it may just be ignorance on my part. I don't condemn Michael Vick for what he did, but I don't agree with it, I think it's wrong, vile, and cruel to treat animals that way, and it's not right to defend him by saying it's his cultural upbringing. Whoopi herself stereotyped black males when she made that remark.

2572 days ago
94.

Helen    

Just to set the record straight, I am white and from Michaels's hometown of Newport News, VA. and am very proud of the fact that I've never seen or known anyone to have been involved in dog fighting. I have amny black rfriends as well as white and none, I mean NONE of them have ever been to a dog fight. So don't start saying it's a cultural thing with his upbringing. He needs to pay for his crimes.

2572 days ago
95.

just wondering    

Yes, dog fighting is illegal. So is child abuse and child pornography. I wish the entire USA would get as worked up about crimes against children as they have about crimes against dogs. Dogs are wonderful creatures, but let's get our priorities in order, folks!

2572 days ago
96.

MarciP    

It's been said that he started doing it while in College.

2572 days ago
97.

Hello    

HA HA HA Barbara Walters!!!!! I can't wait until she sees the news. Another year of controversy awaits.

2572 days ago
98.

kel    

I am 37 and from the south and no one in my family has ever participated in dog fighting. It's a cruel inhumane thing to do no matter what race you are or cultural background you come from. Stop using the excuse that it's a "White Trash Southern Tradition" so you can blame Michael Vick's actions on whites from the South. He is a grown man who made the decision to do what he did and it's no ones fault but his own! Stop making excuses for people who commit crimes whether they are white or black!

2572 days ago
99.

HUMANE DOG PERSON    

Hey Chuck - kiss her ass on The View web site. You moron!!!

2572 days ago
100.

HUMANE DOG PERSON    

Hey Chuck - kiss her ass on The View web site. You moron!!!

2572 days ago
101.

HUMANE DOG PERSON    

Hey Chuck - kiss her ass on The View web site. You moron!!!

2572 days ago
102.

observer    

Down with Whoopi and Down with The View. They are a waste of air time.

2572 days ago
103.

CRYSTAL    

they didn't even play the ENTIRE CLIP. I am done with TMZ! They are not a credible news source in any stretch of the imagination. And they do not allow people to get enough info to form an INTELLIGENT opinion...

2572 days ago
104.

shelley    

This is crap! He didn't know it was wrong? He knew it was illegal, but didn't know it was wrong!?! That is like saying bootleggers didn't know it was wrong because they have been making moonshine since great grandpappy was alive! Shut up Whoopi!! This isn't China! If dog fighting was acceptable in this country, it wouldn't BE ILLEGAL!!!! It is our American culture that VOTED to make dog fighting illegal!!! HE KNOWS IT IS ILLEGAL, SO HE KNOWS IT IS WRONG!!! It is about choices. When you are making the kind of money Vick is, you don't put your job on the line for an illegal operation. Nicole Richie had her 2nd DUIO driving on the wrong side of the road while on Vicodin, but she wasn't SELLING THE VICODIN!!! If he was seen at a dogfight, okay, that could be cultural. When you have a million dollar career, you work to protect your career. Vick should go down and all leniency should be forgotten in regards to his buddies. They were 100% participating and should be held accountable. Vick's guilty plea means their testimony did not get him convicted (although it helped). We owe them nothing. Make Vick work at the local dog shelter for 2 years and be under house arrest. Take his privelidges away, and he may appreciate what he had.

2572 days ago
105.

mary    

who cares whether or not she was just "pointing out" anything. a crime is a crime no matter what your background may be or what part of the country you where born in. Does not MORAL CONSCIENCE RULE OVER PEOPLE ANYMORE? Well, I suppose not----if you are from the south.

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