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Elisabeth and Whoopi Discuss the “N-word”

Posted by Ryan on July 19, 2008

On an episode of this week’s “The View” the ladies were discussing Jesse Jackson’s hypocritical use of the “n-word” in the same interview where Jackson voiced his desire to castrate Barack Obama.  For some reason Fox News didn’t release the part of the film in question to the public, but it leaked anyway. 

Either way, this exchange broke out between the ladies, mostly Whoopi and Sherri versus Elisabeth, about the use of the “n-word.”  As usual, they seemed to gang up on Elisabeth, although I believe she has the moral high-ground in this argument: 

In my opinion, either it’s a good word or a bad word, but playing the “it’s our word” game is not only a complete violation of the First Amendment if use of the word leads to legal repercussions (which it does in certain circumstances, sometimes even when the word itself is not even used!), but it’s simply not playing fair.  Also, adding an “a” or an “er” to the end of the word should make no difference if in principle it’s a bad word either. 

Yet, it does make a difference, at least to my students, their music, and some in the media.  Should it, though?  Elisabeth says no, and based on principle I’m in solidarity with her on this one.  I wonder what Jesse Jackson would have to say about all this?

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Hasselbeck Tries to Stick It to Obama

Posted by Ryan on March 29, 2008

Back on March 19, the lovely Elizabeth Hasselbeck, “The View’s” token conservative and fellow Rhode Island transplant, made a great point about the double standard Obama has on race: Obama condemned Don Imus, who had been on radio since 1968 and made an inappropriate three-word joke in bad taste that got him fired within a week, but Barry O is still defending his Reverend Wright.  Elizabeth gets harped on by the harpies on “The View” but she made a great point — and another indication that Obama’s foes on the Left and Right are not going to let this issue slide.

Yesterday, Obama paid a visit to the ladies on “The View.”  Some important points related to his distant relation to Brad Pitt, how “sexy” he is,  if he’s tough enough to survive a Republican “swift-boating,” yak yak yak.  However, Barbara Walters did eventually bring up the Imus stuff.  Obama , in typical form, split hairs and parsed words, not hearing “some of the things” Wright said, etc.  Soon he turned into his friendship with She Who Must Not Be Named (gag). 

It appears in the first two to five minutes of this clip:

It’s funny because the YouTube clips from the news stations skip the Imus part and go straight to dealing with the “Republican attack machine.” Elizabeth then tries to call him out about his “uniter” farce.  Yet, Obama dances some more, even telling an anecdote about how Reverend Wright saved an interracial couple through Wright’s guidance.  However, to my disappointment, the Imus double standard was not addressed further. 

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