The ladies of The View debated protests and patriotism Tuesday, with Whoopi Goldberg zealously defending the actions of San Francisco 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick and fellow host Joy Behar extolling the virtues of burning the American flag.
Kaepernick stopped standing for the national anthem before games, saying, “I am not going to stand up to show pride in a flag for a country that oppresses black people and people of color.”
Co-host Paula Faris said she thought there were better ways of protest.
“The issue that I have here is that it’s just so disrespectful to our American anthem. … It’s very disrespectful not to stand for an anthem that represents what our country is and the lives that were lost,” she said.
But Goldberg said Kaepernick was the embodiment of a tradition of athletes demonstrating against racism in America.
She cited the 1968 Olympic protest of medal winners Tommie Smith and John Carlos, who gave a gloved black power salute during the playing of “The Star-Spangled Banner.”
“Instead of coming to the table and saying, ‘I don’t want to do this,’ let’s come to the table with some solutions,” said Faris.
However, Goldberg shouted over her.
“Actually, we have done that,” she said. “We have come to the table with solutions.”
“Listen, people have been protesting, you know, be they athletes who won gold medals who stood on the podium and did this, you know there have always been. The b—- is we’re still protesting the same thing. That’s the awful part,” she said to the applause of the audience.
However, Goldberg’s remarks received some angry responses on The View’s Facebook page.
“I use to really like Whoopie but the more I see her talk about ‘we’ and ‘them’ instead of US, I really don’t want to see her or hear her talk,” posted Goodwin Kathy.
Kristen Lynn said, “Liberal, biased show. I noticed how they applaud Whoopi and Joy, but no one else.”
“Whoopi is Anti american! Tell her to grow up!” posted Sabrina Lopez.
Donna Casale Lalli said, “You know it’s disgraceful that he is doing this but of course WHOPPI says it’s fine. … get rid of her already she’s a disgrace herself to a good show.”
Earlier in the show, Behar mused about fighting racism.
“It’s very difficult I think for the average individual to fight racism in America. Very difficult. So this is his way of bringing it to people’s attention and he’s using his constitutional right,” she said.
“It’s ironic isn’t it? That the thing that you have to do is actually burn the flag, don’t stand up, don’t put your hand — those are the things that make it more American. That’s the beauty of the Constitution. It makes it even more American to do that,” Behar said to the applause of the crowd in the studio.