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PETA Gives Whoopi a Whuppin'!

9/5/2007 11:49 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF

Whoopi is the new Rosie on "The View," in more ways than one! Day one, and she's already pissed off a whole lotta people, including animal rights group PETA. Goldberg defended Michael Vick by saying there are things that are "indicative to certain parts of our country," ... meaning the South.
PETA and Whoopi Goldberg
PETA President Ingrid Newkirk fired off an email to Whoopi that very politely said just how ignorant Whoopi's statement was. "I think a lot of people who live and work in the South -- as PETA does -- will not appreciate the "view" that cruelty to dogs is an accepted Southern pastime. Those who fight dogs do so in New York, Chicago, and even the Republic of The View -- click to launchIreland, and what unites them is lawlessness and callousness, not whether they eat grits or Belgian waffles for breakfast." Newkirk went on to say that "animals are as vulnerable to abuse as children are, and they need your voice more than Vick does right now." Whoops!

UPDATE: On today's "View" Whoopi said she was "not condoning" Vick's actions. It sure sounded as though she was making excuses for them.

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61.

CaliGuy    

51. OMG................she didn't say that she condonds anything, but if any of u people are that ignorant to realize that people doooooooooooo thing different in all direstions(south, north, west and east) i live on the east cost and grew up in poverty..and ..I SEEN THE DOG FIGHTING AND PEOPLE BEING CRUEL TO ANIMALS AND IT MADE ME SICK....but i learned to love and treat animals with respect......''but'' SOME PEOPLE DON'T GET IT.......AND IT TAKES PEOPLE LIKE VICK TO GET AN EYE OPENING....IF U WANT TO STOP CRUELITY TO ANIMALS, U HAVE TO AKNOWLEDGE THE SOURCE OF THE PROPLEM AND REALIZE THAT PEOPLE DO GROW UP THINKING THAT THIS TYPE OF TREATMENT IS NO BIG DEAL.....and if u seen the show..u would have understood ms. whoopie comment.......PEOPLE KILL ME....HEAR ONE SENTENCE AND RUN WITH IT..................PETA NEEDS TO GET A GRIP AND QUIT JUMPING TO THEIR OWN CONCLUSIONS.....DUH!



Uhh im sorry but hee was a full grown MAN. He knew better. We're not talking some street kids who wanted to have some fun...we're talking about a full grown man who makes millions of dollars...you dont get there by being ignorant.Whoopi may not have been defending him but she did make excuses and some pretty ignorant views. Last i checked Vik wasnt from the deep south but i may be wrong. AND we shold all be upset by this regardless of who it was so there is PERFECT reason for the outcry. PETA is doing what PETA does. Besides this is about Vik and the HORRIBLE things he did out of pure cruelty and malice...not ignorance...BIG DIFFERENCE.

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62.

CaliGuy    

52. Whoopi is about as sharp as a marble. She will defend whatever group she favours and logic or common sense be dammed.
Years ago I saw her defending communism in East Germany by explaining that it was okay since the people there had grown up under it and had never known any other system.

One of the other guests asked if the same could be about the slaves.

Whoopi did something uncharacteristic for her, she shut the hell up.


Hmmm, if true this is VERY interesting as it shows her ignorant view is ongoing and part of who she is. How do ppl in this day and age remain so ignorant? Maybe being a celebrity makes you lose contact with the rest of the real world. I want to look this up and if its true others may be intersted to see this artice. Her logic is some of the worse i heard yet..and I liked Whoopi.

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63.

CaliGuy    

57. ''53''.........again....when u face where the problem is being held..then u can teach people on how to care for animals...........yes he is grown....BUT IF THATS ALL U KNOW GROWING UP....THEN U CARRY IT WHERE EVER U GO.........NO ONE MAY HAVE SHOWN HIM THAT WAS WRONG.....DUH(AGAIN)DON'T JUDGE THE PROBLEM UNLESS U UNDERSTAND AND TRY TO HELP TO GET THE PROBLEM FIXED. DON'T COVER UP THE PROBLEM....ACKNOWLEDGE THE PROBLEM........HOW HARD IS THAT TO UNDERSTAND......


LOL again you are wrong. No person who comes from the south (or any 'southern' etc part of teh country) and spends anytime around city folk, watrch tv or read the news knows ITS NOT OK regardles of their upbringing. PERIOD, and you know thats true. Hes not retarded, hes not mental rite? Its not a hard concept to grasp. You are saying that he didnt think it was wrong, rite? Ok than why keep it a secret? Did the other dozen or so ppl involved all think it was ok too? Surely he knew betting on these things are illegal rite? I know youre saying we need to go to teh root of the problem but I DO NOT believe the root of teh problem is a 'miind set that this is ok' or else thes ethings wouldnt be done in secret back rooms/yards etc. They acted like guilty ppl. ESP Vick, he lied the first time and then awhen his 'homies' turned on him he admitted teh truth. Ther are no excuses no matter how hard you look for them. AND where in the deep south is Vick frok anyway?

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64.

johnnie    

I HATE TO TELL WHOOPI THAT SHE IS WRONG AS RAIN. I HAVE LIVED IN THE DEEP SOUTH FOR ABOUT 50 YEARS AND WE HAVE NEVER TOLERAED CRAP LIKE VICK DID...SHE NEEDS TO TALK ABOUT THINGS SHE SURE OF AND NOT ASSUME THE PEOPLE FROM THE DEEP SOUTH ARE ALL LIKE VICK BUTT-HOLE.

2415 days ago
65.

Charbruz    

# 1 - Obviously most of you didn't watch the show as she in no way condoned what Vick did.
# 2 - I won't be watching the View anymore but not because of this issue but because the
show has turned into a fluffy snooze fest.
# 3 - Adding Whoopi to the group....bad move.......BORING BORING BORING! !!!!!! They must have been desperate to hire someone who had their own talk show cancelled...not exactly a glowing recommendation!

2415 days ago
66.

Dan    

I agree what Vick did was wrong... but some of the people posting on here are just horrible! This world is in a really sad state :(

2415 days ago
67.

disgusted    

YOU PEOPLE MEANING "WHITE PEOPLE" ARE ALWAYS PICKING AND CHOOSING WHAT YOU WANT TO HEAR AND UNDERSTAND. WHOOPI DID NOT SAY THAT SHE CONDONES THIS ACT...SO WHY ARE YOU PEOPLE MAKING IT SEEM AS THOUGH SHE DID? I DON'T CARE WHAT YOU THINK SHE MEANT...SHE DID NOT SAY THAT SHE CONDONES IT. AND THE SAME GOES FOR WHITE PEOPLE...YOU PEOPLE WILL DEFEND ALMOST ANYONE WHO IS WHITE REGARDLESS OF THEIR ACTS. TRUST ME...I READ TMZ SO I SEE THE COMMENTS!

2415 days ago
68.

bean1217    

what a horrible thing to say! is she just TRYING to be controversial like rosie? i'm disgusted. keep barbara's talking dog away from her! haha

2415 days ago
69.

CaliGuy    

61. YOU PEOPLE MEANING "WHITE PEOPLE" ARE ALWAYS PICKING AND CHOOSING WHAT YOU WANT TO HEAR AND UNDERSTAND. WHOOPI DID NOT SAY THAT SHE CONDONES THIS ACT...SO WHY ARE YOU PEOPLE MAKING IT SEEM AS THOUGH SHE DID? I DON'T CARE WHAT YOU THINK SHE MEANT...SHE DID NOT SAY THAT SHE CONDONES IT. AND THE SAME GOES FOR WHITE PEOPLE...YOU PEOPLE WILL DEFEND ALMOST ANYONE WHO IS WHITE REGARDLESS OF THEIR ACTS. TRUST ME...I READ TMZ SO I SEE THE COMMENTS!



LOL wow...just wow..you are an idiot. So all ppl who disagree with you are white?? lol how the hell do you know what color the skin of these posters are? Because they dont rush to Vicks aid or agree with you they must be white and racist rite? lol get a life. Grow up and take a good long look at whos looking racist here...you.Whoopi may not have defended him BUT she did make excuses. BESIDES I bet my life if this were a white guy we were talking about she would have a VERY different opinion. Race works both ways and you are living proof of that.

2415 days ago
70.

warevely    

Hubby can't see why Peta is so upset with Whoopi. She's a member of the animal kingdom................. she's a dog.

2415 days ago
71.

Erica    

#65 & #66 - Couldn't agree with you more

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72.

Erica    

#61 - You are not only a hypocrite but a racist yourself. Look closely at yourself first before you spout out your hate.

2415 days ago
73.

crstardust    

For those and their hysterical responses....(PETA); Whoopie made a statement of"some" values found in the South...NOT ALL those living in the south endorse dog fighting. However, some locals are involved in it. So what....and this statement makes her a criminal. yah right. What a stretch...be sure you're not allowed on jury duty.

2415 days ago
74.

Erica    

Catching Vick was a great thing. It brought light to a serious crime, and the horrible abuse animals go through. Let's work on making sure this "sport" is fully eliminated. This is one of the few times I actually agree with PETA.

No sensible person actually believes that a crime like this is solely in the South... that's just too ignorant to comment on. Criminals come in all shapes, colors, sizes and nationalities.

Whoopi please try to do better tommorrow!

2415 days ago
75.

John    

Before any of the most Righteous jump on me about my comments let me say this is my opinion. I happen to be a resident of Richmond VA, and I have had to endure all the Michael Vick saga, all the main thoroughfares in town blocked off so he can enter court, and all the media blocking all entrances to venues. I didn't hear what Whoopi said, but I do believe that is her opinion as well, and she should be respected for giving her opinion. On that note ... I find it quite unbearable to live in a country where dog-fighting and yes killing dogs is more a lethal venom than a resident of Spotsylvania County Virginia who raped and murdered his sister. How can a country of fairly intelligent people put so much emphasis on what Michael Vick has done; when Lindsay Lohan and others have received multiple DUI's and drug charges, and seems those actions are swept under the rug? What is the method of punishment for a man that actually makes one mistake because he was under the spotlight, and not just the media but the entire country was waiting for him, to make a mistake, and that he did, now you all (if you fall into this category) would actually want to have him executed. Tell what about this is fair and what about this is justice. In my opinion the Judicial system (as far as opinions go) are divided .. Michael Vick being a black athlete, had to be completely "squeaky clean" and only then would he have been left alone, but because whatever has come out (and this time its dog-fighting) I have heard comments that range from (white people requesting he receives the maximum sentence and not allowed to return to the NFL), to black people requesting 6-12 months and an attempt to give a chance to return. Now all of you that have "bashed" Michael Vick tell me you anxious and excited when he performed on the football field.

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