Today on “The View,” Whoopi Goldberg, Jenny McCarthy, Sherri Shepherd and Barbara Walters discussed James Taranto’s controversial Wall Street Journal column from Monday, “Drunkenness and Double Standards.” In this column, Taranto has been criticized of victim-blaming, as he compares rape to two drunk drivers colliding.
“If two drunk drivers are in a collision, one doesn’t determine fault on the basis of demographic details such as each driver’s sex. But when two drunken college students ‘collide,’ the male one is almost always presumed to be at fault. His diminished capacity owing to alcohol is not a mitigating factor, but her diminished capacity is an aggravating factor for him.”
Whoopi seemed to agree with the controversial journalist, taking it a level further, boldly stating:
“My opinion is, if you don’t want this kind of attention, don’t get poop-faced,” she said. “Do not get poop-faced. Do not become so drunk you don’t know what is happening. When you say, ‘X, Y, Z happened,’ you have no way of proving it. So both parties, if you don’t want the agitation, do not become so drunk you can’t figure out what the hell you’re doing.”
While I understand that Goldberg is saying that women need to also be responsible for their own actions, there are many sexual assaults on women that have nothing to do with them being drunk or inebriated. Whoopi’s words of advice lean more on the lines of victim-blaming that Taranto waxed poetic over in his Wall Street Journal article. The problem with Goldberg’s statement is that it perpetuates the mindset of the biggest troll of 2014 thus far (Taranto).
It was Jenny McCarthy who was the voice of reason, as she disagreed with Taranto and Goldberg, stating, “I think no means no, period, no matter where you’re at,” she said, though failed to point out “that ‘not yes’ also means no,” as Mediaite noted. McCarthy added that, “In college, I went to so many after parties, that does not mean I’m giving an OK to have sex.”
Less than half of all rapes are reported, while only 12 percent of rapes result in an arrest, 5 percent in felony convictions, and 3 percent in jail time. No one is going to jail because two people woke up and felt remorseful about “colliding.” Consent is a funny thing. Many people are mistaken in thinking it’s up to a woman to provide consent. That’s not true. A woman is not here to provide that or deny it–it takes two. Two. Barbara Walters said, rather bluntly, “the point is that he supposedly, because of the different sexes, because he’s the one who is being the perpetrator, or penetrator, okay?” While her statement seems crass, she’s got a point. Where there is rape, there is no consent. It’s a man’s duty to get a woman’s full consent before engaging in sexual acts because otherwise, lines get blurred.
Goldberg has always had an interesting perspective on rape. In 2009 when she and the rest of the cast of “The View” were talking about Roman Polanski drugging and having sex with a 13-year-old child. Whoopi said that it wasn’t “rape-rape.” There are many cases of rape that can be a bit murky, but when a 43-year-old man has sex with a drugged and unconscious 13-year-old, there’s nothing else to call it except rape…and creepy.
What do you think about Whoopi’s thoughts on rape? Sound off in the comments!
Check Out This Gallery Of Women, Like Whoopi Who Puff, Puff, Pass!
High Hollywood: Celeb Women Who Puff-Puff-Pass
1. Stiletto Stoners
Smoking marijuana is the favorite past time of many people, including some of our favorite celebs. Of course we all know Rihanna loves the ganja, but who knew that Oprah, Maya Angelou and Martha Stewart did too?! Check out this gallery of admitted female pot smokers. Puff-Puff-Pass anyone?
2. Maya Angelou
Who knew?! In one of Maya Angelou's many biographies, it was said that “Angelou settled into a job as a waitress and began smoking marijuana with abandon.”
Even though Oprah hasn't admitted to smoking weed since 1982...she still admitted it! On "Watch What Happens Live," after Oprah said she hadn't, Andy then suggested they hang out after the show, hinting at updating her weed-smoking. And she laughed and said, "I hear it's gotten better."
4. Paris Hilton
This Hollywood socialite knows that she is constantly in the spotlight and has no issue puffing away with the cameras snapping. Hilton was once photographed driving her red $200K Ferrari with a joint between her lips. #ThugLife
5. Kirsten Dunst
"I have a different outlook on marijuana than America does. If everyone smoked weed, the world would be a better place."
Madonna admitted her pot-smoking ways because of a Letter appearance. "It [my behavior on the show in 1994] wasn't because I was excited about you [David Letterman]. I think it may have had something to do with the joint I smoked before I came on."
7. Cameron Diaz
"I'm pretty sure I bought weed from [Snoop Dogg]," Cameron Diaz said of her high times in high school growing up in Long Beach, Calif. "I had to have!"
8. Sarah Palin
"I can't claim a Bill Clinton and say that I never inhaled,” she told the Anchorage Daily News in 2006.
9. Miley Cyrus
"I think weed is the best drug on earth. One time I smoked a joint with peyote in it, and I saw a wolf howling at the moon. Hollywood is a coke town, but weed is so much better. And molly, too."
Martha admitted to Andy Cohen on "Watch What Happens Live," "Of course I know how to roll a joint."
"I swear I'm not high..." Solange laughed on her tune, "Cosmic Journey." Solange gave a shout-out to the stoners in the audience during her performance at the Pitchfork Music Festival this summer, “I smell a little bit of herb out there. If you have any, now is the perfect time to light it!” In 2008, she released an ode to Mary Jane called "Champagne Chronic Nightcap."
12. Amanda Bynes
From getting kicked out of Planet Fitness in Harlem, NYC for smoking weed to allegedly throwing a bong out of a Manhattan high-rise, Amanda is one of the least mellow smokers we know!
13. Lady Gaga
On 60 minutes, Gaga admitted, "I smoke a lot of pot when I write music."
Everyone knows about Rihanna's favorite vice. From spending time with the world's biggest pothead star, Snoop, to constantly posting photos of herself in various levels of inebriation, Rihanna has no shame when it comes to her favorite pastime.
15. Whoopi Goldberg
Remember that time on "The View" when Whoopi was "jetlagged"? If not, watch it here: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=G4mZrpf_bU8 And then there was the time she won an Oscar and smoked up before the speech: http://tmz.me/1eVFO8P Clearly our girl loves a good puff or two, but she admits she'd never "take the chance" to do it before taping "The View."