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Whoopi slams GOP
New York Daily News ^ | 7/16/04

Posted on 07/16/2004 2:45:01 AM PDT by kattracks

WASHINGTON - Whoopi Goldberg lashed out at Republicans again yesterday, branding them hypocrites for trying to "punish" her for joking about the President.

Fired from her gig as SlimFast spokeswoman, the salty entertainer hit back at Republicans who threatened a SlimFast boycott over sexual puns she made about President Bush's name at a Democratic fund-raiser.

"America's heart and soul is freedom of expression without fear of reprisal," she said in a statement.

"I find all this feigned indignation about 'Bush bashing' quite disingenuous," she said, noting the Bush administration has savagely gone after critics like former Sen. Max Cleland, Iraq whistleblower Joseph Wilson and ex-terrorism chief Richard Clarke.

"For the Republican Party to pretend this is new to them seems a little fake," she said.

"The fact that I am no longer the spokesman for SlimFast makes me sad, but not as sad as someone trying to punish me for exercising my right as an American to speak my mind."

The Bush-Cheney campaign has been making a lot of hay out of Goldberg's set at last week's celebrity gala at Radio City Music Hall, professing shock at her blue jokes.

Bush campaign manager Ken Mehlman called the event a "hatefest" that proves John Kerry doesn't "share the same values" as the rest of America.

Kerry, who is trying to woo swing voters, did not stand by his celeb supporters. On the defensive, he distanced himself from Goldberg and said through spokesmen that he thought her comments were inappropriate.

Running mate John Edwards was asked about the flap yesterday by Fox News. "They weren't speaking for me, and they weren't speaking for John Kerry," he said, adding the ticket is "focused on our positive, optimistic vision of hope."

Mehlman has repeatedly demanded that Kerry's camp release a video of the event, even going so far as to promise not to use the footage in ads.

Kerry campaign manager Mary Beth Cahill said tartly that he could have the video after Bush releases his military records and details of Vice President Cheney's secret energy task force.

Diversity promoter Asa Khalif, who has made headlines for accusing celebrities of insensitivity, cried foul in the Goldberg firing. "I smell racism from beginning to end," said Khalif, head of Racial Unity USA in Pennsylvania. "SlimFast must realize that black women have every right to voice their views."

Originally published on July 16, 2004



TOPICS: Front Page News; News/Current Events; Politics/Elections
KEYWORDS: kerry; raunchfest; whoopi; whoopiwhacki
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...noting the Bush administration has savagely gone after critics like former Sen. Max Cleland, Iraq whistleblower Joseph Wilson and ex-terrorism chief Richard Clarke.

If you can call pointing out lies "savagely going after' anyone.

... but not as sad as someone trying to punish me for exercising my right as an American to speak my mind."

While the rest of us are not to be allowed the same freedom? Goldberg and her ilk don't seem to realize that Americans don't have to put up with her kind of nastiness and also have the right to speak out.

Which we did.

1 posted on 07/16/2004 2:45:02 AM PDT by kattracks
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Whoopi Goldberg lashed out at Republicans again yesterday, branding them hypocrites for trying to "punish" her for joking about the President.

High five to all the Freepers who helped derail this slut's left wing gravy train.

2 posted on 07/16/2004 2:47:09 AM PDT by Prince Charles
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not as sad as someone trying to punish me for exercising my right as an American to speak my mind."

Amazing that these idiots think that they can say and do whatever they want and that no private citizen has the same ability to criticize them or withdraw their business from the sponsors of this trash. It is absolutely incredible that they think this has anything to do with the constitutional right to free speech.

3 posted on 07/16/2004 2:50:09 AM PDT by johniegrad
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Whopi seems to think freedom of speech means freedom from responsibility too. Without "reprisal" indeed.

I almost posted a thread a couple of days ago about how long
it would take for her to start whining about being a "victim".


4 posted on 07/16/2004 2:50:31 AM PDT by tet68 ( " We would not die in that man's company, that fears his fellowship to die with us...." Henry V.)
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Exactly. Free speech for me, but not for thee.


5 posted on 07/16/2004 2:51:00 AM PDT by Tabi Katz
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---Running mate John Edwards was asked about the flap yesterday by Fox News. "They weren't speaking for me, and they weren't speaking for John Kerry," he said, adding the ticket is "focused on our positive, optimistic vision of hope."---

Yeah, he hopes their campaign isn't dead in the water before the convention is even over.


6 posted on 07/16/2004 2:52:21 AM PDT by claudiustg (Go Sharon! Go Bush!)
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Hey Whoopi, nobody's denying you the right to bash the President.

In a free-market, capitalistic society, we also have the right to express our opinions and Slim-Fast didn't want you making an impact on their profits via your association.

They have that right.

You "entertainers" never learn, do you? WE, the public can make or break you. If we don't want to listen to your brand of B.S., we don't have to.

Buh-bye, now!

7 posted on 07/16/2004 2:53:14 AM PDT by Allegra (Proud Member of Free Republic Baghdad Chapter - est. July 4, 2004)
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Show me the video!!


8 posted on 07/16/2004 2:53:19 AM PDT by stocksthatgoup (Polls - Proof that when the Main Stream Media wants your opinion, they will give it to you)
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"America's heart and soul is freedom of expression without fear of reprisal"

Tell that to Trent Lott...


9 posted on 07/16/2004 2:53:33 AM PDT by DB ()
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Boy, she can dish it out, but can't take it. Or did she not know that with freedom of expression also comes responsibility. Or that freedom of speech is not a one-way street.


10 posted on 07/16/2004 2:53:52 AM PDT by Frumious Bandersnatch
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"YOU ARE WHO YOU ASSOCIATE YOURSELF WITH"
"NEVER BRING A KNIFE TO A GUNFIGHT"
congrats freepers!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
GODSPEED!!!!!!!


11 posted on 07/16/2004 2:56:32 AM PDT by alpha-8-25-02 (saved by GRACE and GRACE alone)
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To: Tabi Katz

Sucks being a peasant,huh? Welcome to your preview of a Dem(on) controlled America.


12 posted on 07/16/2004 2:57:26 AM PDT by SirLurkedalot (God bless our Veterans!!! And God bless America!!!)
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"America's heart and soul is freedom of expression without fear of reprisal," she said in a statement.

"fear of reprisal" FROM THE GOVERNMENT, YOU MORON!

Take some responsibility, fer cryin' out loud.

Here's the fact of the matter: Whoopie, you area an employee of Slim*Fast. You represent them, like it or not 24/7. For that matter, you represent everyone else you endorse 24/7. We are working on them right now...

Here's how it works: Businesses make their money marketing and selling their product to consumers. The more, the merrier. This is not an election. You do not "win" if you get more than 50% of the vote.

In this case, nearly 50% of the public found your comments to be outrageous in connection with a Democratic fundraiser during an election year. You are an employee of Slim*Fast and they are paying you to represent them, so it is natural to connect your statements with their product.

If you are a business, and say some 40% of your consumer base tells you they are going to stop buying your product, it's not a time to gloat about the 60% that will still continue to buy it. It is an UNMITIGATED DISASTER!

YOU LOSE! End of story...

I was watching FOX last night and watching O'Reilly (who I really though was an idiot for calling the Harvard Law graduate a "spoiled pinhead".) talk to two people who both thought that Slim*Fast had overreacted.

Slim*Fast responded appropriately considering the consumer backlash they faced. No business wants to watch their sales plummet by some 50%.

13 posted on 07/16/2004 2:57:26 AM PDT by Caipirabob (Democrats.. Socialists..Commies..Traitors...Who can tell the difference?)
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Whoopie is perfectly justified in her criticism. After all, we ALL know that the left has NEVER, EVER tried to boycott advertisers on conservative radio talk shows.


14 posted on 07/16/2004 2:58:20 AM PDT by Fresh Wind (Uday is DU in Pig Latin)
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"Kerry, who is trying to woo swing voters, did not stand by his celeb supporters"

Where's the footage?

Whoopi-G's vulgarity

Kerry smiling and laughing

Whoopi-G's vulgarity

Kerry smiling and laughing..

She talks about free speech, but they won't even release video of the actual events, which is censorship and free speech suppression at it's most blatant.


15 posted on 07/16/2004 2:58:24 AM PDT by wolficatZ (__><)))*>__\0/___/|___Flipper to the rescue!__)
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"I smell racism from beginning to end," said Khalif, head of Racial Unity USA


Who didn't see that coming?



Sounds like whoopie needs a WAAAAAAAAAAAAAmbulance.


16 posted on 07/16/2004 2:58:36 AM PDT by bad company ((<a href="http://www.michaelmoore.com" target="_blank">Hatriotism))
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Act like scum of the earth, then whine and snivel and play the victim.


17 posted on 07/16/2004 3:00:40 AM PDT by tkathy (The choice is clear. Big tent or no tent.)
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"America's heart and soul is freedom of expression without fear of reprisal," she said in a statement.

We have freedom of reprisal from government. That does not there will not be consequences from your actions. We also have freedom to choose what products and people to support and are exercising it.

And no, Whoopi, it is not new. I seem to remember plenty of other boycotts. How about those pushing an orange juice boycott (unsuccessfully) because it was advertised on Rush Limbaugh?

18 posted on 07/16/2004 3:02:17 AM PDT by knuthom
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This is about free enterprise, not free speech.

Slimfast did what it had to do.

Who says boycotts don't work ?


BUMP

19 posted on 07/16/2004 3:03:10 AM PDT by tm22721 (In fac they)
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To: bad company

Looks to me like Slim Fast just gave her a big can of Whoop-$SS. Well deserved


20 posted on 07/16/2004 3:03:20 AM PDT by doosee (Those who ignore history are bound to repeat it.)
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