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Elisabeth Hasselbeck Cries After Sparring With Whoopi Over N-Word

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Elisabeth Hasselbeck Cries After Sparring With Whoopi Over N-Word Thursday morning on The View, during a discussion on the N-word prompted by the revelation that Jesse Jackson used the slur in his controversial Fox News tape, Whoopi Goldberg and Elisabeth Hasselbeck had a heated back-and-forth that ended with Elisabeth in tears. Whoopi, who earlier in the broadcast had used the n-word repeatedly, sending the censors into overload, argued that the word is only as powerful as a society allows it to be and advocated for using the word to give it new meaning. With video of the exchange.

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UnDave35 UnDave35 8 years
Hey Lain, Can I just call you a Kraut now? ;)
Cassandra57 Cassandra57 8 years
Roarman, good sentiment, but very unfair way to handle it. I absolutely don't believe in censorship, and banning particular words is an especially ineffective way of dealing with the underlying problem. Who's going to institute a ban on calling me "limey" or "kraut" because of my heritage? Besides, I'd rather allow people to speak like fools. That makes it easier to identify (and avoid) them. ;)
Cassandra57 Cassandra57 8 years
Roarman, good sentiment, but very unfair way to handle it. I absolutely don't believe in censorship, and banning particular words is an especially ineffective way of dealing with the underlying problem. Who's going to institute a ban on calling me "limey" or "kraut" because of my heritage? Besides, I'd rather allow people to speak like fools. That makes it easier to identify (and avoid) them. ;)
Roarman Roarman 8 years
I think that word should be banished. It's hurtful and serves no purpose. If you use it, no matter what color your skin is, or what tone you take when using it, you are ignorant. It is a hateful word, and was created to demean and belittle a race of people.
amybdk amybdk 8 years
"But...do you go on TV and do it?" Good point. This goes for both women.I don't enjoy watching a heated, emotional shouting match that is, like Jillness said, so abstract!
amybdk amybdk 8 years
"But...do you go on TV and do it?" Good point. This goes for both women.I don't enjoy watching a heated, emotional shouting match that is, like Jillness said, so abstract!
leilani1 leilani1 8 years
LOL Lainetm I totally agree with you. I don't watch the view because, yeah, it's totally not balanced. But look who you have on there..an old news reporter that slept with a married man for years (for the fun of it) ie Barbara Walters, you have a comedian who slept with a married actor causing him to leave his wife who he had been caring for because she suffered a stroke during the delivery of their child, ie Whoopi Goldburg, she also claimed to be Jewish and just made up "Goldburg" as her last name, but when a DNA test was done, she was 93% African, you have another person who is an actress/comedian who makes fun of people who have a faith in any kind of religion, she's also a terrible person who constantly spoke badly of Star Jones, ie Joy Behar, you have Sherri Shepherd who is just a complete idiot. She says some of the most ignorant things imaginable, even Whoopi has told her she needs to think before she speaks. All of these women who have had failed and multiple marriages, then you have Elisabeth Hasselbeck who is an accomplished athlete and a very educated woman. She married her college sweetheart and they have a strong and balanced family home...not something any of the other ladies can say they have. OFCOURSE they are going to gang up on Elisabeth. They are jealous of her family life, her American Apple Pie upbringing, her looks, her youth, and her accomplishments. There will be many who say they aren't jealous of her I know...but come on. These are bitter old women who see in Elisabeth something they don't and can't have and it makes them even more bitter.
Cassandra57 Cassandra57 8 years
I don't--and won't--watch The View because the panel is not remotely balanced. I know, it's not a news show. I actually don't mind Elizabeth, from what I've seen. These stories seem to pop up when the other panelists gang up on her. Under those circumstances, I think I'd cry, too. I saw her on O'Reilly discussing another one of these "incidents" a while back. She's not a brilliant speaker or a world-class brain, but she's honest, sincere, and tries to be fair. I also understand her point. If we want to be one big happy society, we can't have any single group saying "none of us can do/say X, except us." Um, double standard, anyone? Did Whoopi inherit Rosie's "comedian turned diva b1tch" hat along with her chair?
Cassandra57 Cassandra57 8 years
I don't--and won't--watch The View because the panel is not remotely balanced. I know, it's not a news show. I actually don't mind Elizabeth, from what I've seen. These stories seem to pop up when the other panelists gang up on her. Under those circumstances, I think I'd cry, too. I saw her on O'Reilly discussing another one of these "incidents" a while back. She's not a brilliant speaker or a world-class brain, but she's honest, sincere, and tries to be fair. I also understand her point. If we want to be one big happy society, we can't have any single group saying "none of us can do/say X, except us." Um, double standard, anyone? Did Whoopi inherit Rosie's "comedian turned diva b1tch" hat along with her chair?
True-Song True-Song 8 years
But...do you go on TV and do it? It seems like part of being a host of a tv show should be a higher than average level of composure.
bellydancinmary bellydancinmary 8 years
LOL, Caterpillar! :D Anyway, I agree with the people that said that a word is only as powerful as you make it. Look at where that word derived from: "negro" which means black in Spanish, and who started the slave trade? Columbus and the Spanish monarchy. The word went through evolution in perception and evolution in society to make it de-meaning and offensive, (as historical events and passing time does with so many other words, symbols, etc). I could say more, on other words, but I don't want to offend anyone. As for myself, I don't like that word and I don't use it. As far as hearing other people use it; it depends on the situation and the feelings and body language the other person is using in order to get me to react.
Great-Sommelier Great-Sommelier 8 years
See, some of us are like that though. And we HATE it. It makes people write you off. As you can see. If we get too angry we cry. If we get to happy we cry. If situations are just too heightened we cry. It is hard being an emotional person because we have just as much knowledge and ability to reason as everyone else, we just have much less control of our emotions. My mother and sisters are the same way. Nothing makes us madder than when people write us off or call us drama queens when we are just frustrated.
MartiniLush MartiniLush 8 years
Great Sommelier, I don't think most of the posters dislike Elisabeth because they disagree with her...at least I don't - I dislike her because she plays the drama queen all the time. I actually agree with her sometimes, she isn't a stupid person at all. I don't buy the whole crying cuz she is talking about how to teach her kids about this (although I may give you the hormones/recent pregnancy argument)...we are parents, and have to teach our kids lots of difficult things. I had to try to explain to my 4 year old a few weeks ago why someone at his preschool called him a name because he is of mixed race. Yeah, it was hard and really hurt me, but I didn't break down sobbing about it. I think Elisabeth breaks down and cries during nearly every exchange that doesn't go her way and it's pathetic - she is smarte enough to articulate her arguments. And I 100% agree with your statement about it being like O'Reilly on steroids - all that shouting and interrupting makes it impossible to understand what either side is saying. It's the reason I stopped watching the show.
MartiniLush MartiniLush 8 years
Great Sommelier, I don't think most of the posters dislike Elisabeth because they disagree with her...at least I don't - I dislike her because she plays the drama queen all the time. I actually agree with her sometimes, she isn't a stupid person at all. I don't buy the whole crying cuz she is talking about how to teach her kids about this (although I may give you the hormones/recent pregnancy argument)...we are parents, and have to teach our kids lots of difficult things. I had to try to explain to my 4 year old a few weeks ago why someone at his preschool called him a name because he is of mixed race. Yeah, it was hard and really hurt me, but I didn't break down sobbing about it. I think Elisabeth breaks down and cries during nearly every exchange that doesn't go her way and it's pathetic - she is smarte enough to articulate her arguments. And I 100% agree with your statement about it being like O'Reilly on steroids - all that shouting and interrupting makes it impossible to understand what either side is saying. It's the reason I stopped watching the show.
Great-Sommelier Great-Sommelier 8 years
Take the post right above me (carriefrances) as Example A of what I am saying in my post.
Great-Sommelier Great-Sommelier 8 years
And agreeing with someone else. Watching this clip made me realize why I don't watch the View. It is like O'Riley on steroids with the shouting and interupting.
Great-Sommelier Great-Sommelier 8 years
As a fellow emotional person, I see why she cried. She started talking about her children. When you start out emotional, then add the hormones of pregnancy, (which she had a baby about a year ago, right? And lord knows they take a looong time to go away.) you get a sensitive person. She was thinking about exactly what she said, how do I teach this to my kids? We all want the best for our children and to do right by them. She really wanted to know how to tell children. And I think quite a few of you let your hatred for her, mostly because you think differently than she does, strip her of her right to human emotions. Lord knows I am happy that we aren't all robots who can just shout down each other. And, I am sure glad not everyone in the world hates everyone who thinks differently than they do. The devisive enviroment in this country is getting downright scary.
sexylibrarian sexylibrarian 8 years
That makes me want to vomit. Whoopie is obviously so much smater than Elizabeth that's why she was crying. She is a McLame supporter after all what else do we expect.
True-Song True-Song 8 years
I don't think Elisabeth would like that...
MartiniLush MartiniLush 8 years
Caterpillar!!! This is the third time today that you have made me laugh out loud (and I'm at work!)!!! :-)
Jillness Jillness 8 years
"...make me want to stab myself in the eye with a giant phallus." :rotfl:
Jillness Jillness 8 years
"...make me want to stab myself in the eye with a giant phallus.":rotfl:
Bksuga Bksuga 8 years
oh yeah and the crying...way over board
Bksuga Bksuga 8 years
wow...okay dont get on my fellow sugars but I dont see this word going away anytime soon. and i think that this word is offesive i personally dont use it. I cant speak for other african american's but for me i do understand where the word does have as much power as you give it.
True-Song True-Song 8 years
Of course ABC is making this into a big news story. What network is the View on again...
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