Elisabeth Hasselbeck is getting help from some old friends.
She needs it — to deal with an outpouring of feigned outrage from liberals and “Black Twitter” directed her way after she dared to ask a legitimate question about the traffic stop of Sandra Bland, the black woman whose July 10 traffic stop in Prairie View, Texas, culminated with her suicide in a county jail three days later.
Hasselbeck wondered if the reason the officer asked Bland to put her cigarette out, and step out of the car, is because the lit cigarette could have been used as a weapon.
Somehow, the perennially offended found a way to construe that question as racist, a charge her old friends on her former show “The View,” particularly Whoopi Goldberg, lashed out at.
“Somehow, suddenly, it is no longer OK to pose a question that will give you an answer in order to best understand what’s going on,” Goldberg seethed.
Goldberg asserted that Hasselbeck was in no way racist.
“We’ve been friends for about seven, eight years, and she has not asked me to pick any cotton,” she joked.
New co-host Raven-Symone agreed, adding that black people have to “stop being so sensitive.”
“There are a lot of people of color who think that white people shouldn’t ask certain questions because they don’t understand it,” Symone said. “And I don’t think that’s fair.
“I didn’t find it offensive at all. I felt that she was asking a provocative question as a journalist,” added Rosie Perez, who insinuated anti-Fox bias could be involved when she questioned whether NBC’s Matt Lauer would have received the same criticism for asking the same question.
The show’s newest, and perhaps most liberal voice, comedian Michelle Collins, let her Fox hatred shine bright by insulting Fox News viewers.
“You kind of have an idea of who watches Fox News,” she said, apparently referring to the millions of “everyday Americans” who have made Fox by far the most popular cable news network in the country.
“To ask if a cigarette could be used as a weapon — Well, yeah, anything can be used as a weapon.”
Goldberg however stayed staunch in her defense of her friend.
“If we stop asking questions, how will we ever know the truth?” she said. “Relax. You’ll recognize the real racists. You know them when you see them and when you hear them. This woman sat here for 12 years and had disagreements. That does not make her a frickin’ racist. Sorry.”
That was enough for “Black Twitter” to take its attention off Hasselbeck momentarily and point all of its guns at Goldberg. But she and Hasselbeck had plenty of supporters, too.
Watch the entire clip below. The action starts around the 8:30 mark.
— Jawn Murray (@JawnMurray) July 29, 2015
— Shamette Williams (@SWYYTTnTHICC) July 29, 2015
— KingKd1 (@Kingkdluv) July 29, 2015
@TheView you go Whoopi. Love your response to the Elizabeth Hasselbeck situation.
— vicki sanford (@vsanford57) July 29, 2015
— ADC CAMP (@larockishiphop) July 29, 2015
— og_lil_pretty_thug (@asouljalykeme) July 29, 2015
whoopi just said Elizabeth Hasselback is not a racist bc they are friends and Elizabeth “has never asked whoopi to pick any cotton.” REALLY?
— Kevin Allred (@KevinAllred) July 29, 2015
I saw Whoopi Goldberg’s defense of Hasselbeck, and I think it was off-base. The outrage over Hasselbeck and Fox… http://t.co/5v8ZRw9H0v
— Sedrick R. Gilbert (@srgLIVEinHD) July 29, 2015
Worst wanna-be Jew ever! It’s always the DARK ones. She’s no Sammy Davis, Jr., that’s for sure. Oy vey! http://t.co/eUCaAyNhIf
— Sandra Booker (@sandrabooker) July 29, 2015
— mary sanders (@mgkeh) July 29, 2015
Finally a voice of sanity in this phony controversy… Whoopi Defends Elisabeth Hasselbeck from Accusations of Racism http://t.co/QFSQP5oQcD
— johnny dollar (@johnnydollar01) July 29, 2015
Dear Elisabeth Hasslebeck, Just because Whoopi and Raven say you aren’t a racist doesn’t make it true. Signed, Black woman who sees you
— Shay Smith KC (@Pupil_Divine) July 29, 2015
— Chuck (@cjg917) July 29, 2015
— Vinetender (@vinetender) July 29, 2015
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