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Yesterday, on “The View” Sherri Shepherd and Whoopi Goldberg went against the grain and started low key bad-mouthing their home network, ABC. For years people have been calling for a black bachelor and they said the network should cast Marquel, a former contestant on “The Bachelorette.”
Not only is Marquel fine as that thang, he handles himself well under pressure. Racial pressure. During an episode of “The Bachelorette,” another contestant told Marquel that a fellow competitor referred to him and other black contender as “two blackies.”
The news got back to Marquel and in his confessional interview, he expressed, very passionately, how being judged on his skin color without people taking the time to get to know him is hurtful.
You can hear what he had to say in the video below.
Here’s the transcription if you need it:
“Either way, it hurts just cause, like sometimes no matter how you treat a person, they just have this, this idea of you. You know what I mean? I hate getting emotional of it but judge me off of me. It’s crazy to think that the first thing people are going to recognize about me is that, ‘ok, he’s the black guy. It’s not like ‘hey, that dude he’s respectful, I’m sure he was raised right, I’m sure he has strong beliefs.’ It would be nice to not be seen as just this is the black guy. But I guess, that’s what it is.”
Even though I would have expected an offensive term or two, being surrounded in a house full of competitive white men, my heart still goes out to the guy. Most black people in America, know what it means to be judged solely off of our color and it is hurtful, no matter how many times you experience it.
Marquel tugged at our heartstrings and the women on “The View,” specifically Whoopi and Sherri but Jenny as well argued that Marquel deserves the next spot. But they admitted that ABC is fearful of casting a black man in the position. Whoopi said, “I think maybe ABC is not as comfortable with this because they don’t want the folks who really don’t get it at all to get on top of them and make it difficult for the show to go on.”
She went as far as saying that the network might be pandering to the segment of the American population who are still scared of seeing black men with white women. Y’all know Whoopi’s not scared to go there.
And then Sherri said, “I think they feel the numbers will not be good, I think it’s a money thing, I think it’s a corporate thing. I think the executives feel that if there was a black Bachelor, if there was a female Bachelorette who was black, the numbers would not support – the ratings [would be bad].”
The ladies of “The View” aren’t the only ones gunning for Marquel. There are several sites championing him. But they’ll have a long road ahead. Rumors have started to swirl that Chris, a [white] farmer, is going to be the next bachelor.
Have you been watching “The Bachelorette”? Do you think Marquel would make a good bachelor? Do you think ABC and the country at large is ready to take this step?
Pop’s problem child Justin Beiber is back in hot water again. But this time it’s not for urinating in a bucket or abandoning his pet monkey. Footage recently leaked of the troubled 20-year-old using the N-word. The video, which was captured about three years ago, depicts a young Beiber joking around with friends before asking:
“Why are black people afraid of chainsaws?”
Smiling and against the warning of one of his friends, he then looks into the camera and says:
“Run n****r, n****r, n****r, n****r, n****r. Run n****r, n****r, n****r, n****r, n****r.”
Shortly after the tape was released, another video surfaced of Justin dropping the N-bomb. In this video, which was taken about five years ago, Justin parodied his song “One Less Lonely Girl” by subbing in the N-word and singing about joining the KKK. However, this time, Justin and his team were the ones who released the video. According to his camp, he felt really bad about what he’d done and wanted to own up to it. As to be expected, people are pretty upset over the footage, but Whoopi Goldberg has a fairly different stance on the whole situation.
“You know, Canadian words — I’m going to say the word so get ready to beat me. N*gger doesn’t mean anything in Canada,” Whoopi said during a recent taping of “The View.” “And how do I know this? Well, I did a movie last year, in Canada, and a young, wonderful Canadian woman wrote it, and I’m reading it and I’m thinking, ‘We wouldn’t say anything like this.’ So I went to the director and I said, what is this? And he said, oh, she lives here. And I said so she doesn’t know anything, she doesn’t get what we’re talking about.”
“What I’m saying is that, when you are 15 and you’re someplace where that’s not a word that you have associated with people of colour…they weren’t calling them that.”
What are your thoughts on this?
After weeks of talking about stories of men in Hollywood allegedly putting their hands on women, this Monday the tables were completely turned when video surfaced of Solange rather violently attacking her brother-in-law Jay Z as Beyonce stood by idly. The footage, of course, ignited widespread speculation about the health of the Carter-Knowles familial relationship, but beyond that it sparked a national debate on why abuse toward men at the hands of women is seen as laughable to many, and whether Jay Z had a right to strike Solange back. Whoopi boldly proclaimed on “The View” that if a she slaps a man, he was a right to slap her back and judging by the response to those remarks it appears many would agree.
Check out our editors discussing the touchy subject in this weeks episode of “Did Y’all See? as well as the messy divorce between Sherri Shepherd and Lamar Sally and Tank outing a preacher who was sending him explicit pics. Weigh in on these subjects in the comments section!
“If I Slap A Man, He Has Every Right To Slap Me Back”: Whoopi Says If Jay Z Hit Solange, He Wouldn’t Have Been Wrong
In a discussion this week about the whole Solange and Jay Z fight, Whoopi Goldberg made some interesting statements about how both parties handled the situation and what the rapper could have done in response to her attack. First of all, her theory about the whole melee was that Jay possibly said something disrespectful to Beyoncé, which caused Solange to stick up for her in the manner she did. But as for the fight, in her mind, Goldberg believes that if a woman violently puts her hands on a man, said man has the right to put his hands right back on her.
“I think Solange was quite ready for him to do whatever he was gonna do. This is the thing. If anybody hits you, you have the right –I know that many people are raised in a very different way, but if a woman hits you, to me, you have the right to hit her back. If I slap a man, he has every right to slap me back. Every right.”
In response, Sherri Shepherd (who is going through her own behind-the-scenes drama right now), said that Jay Z knew that despite Solange’s behavior, he didn’t need to react with violence. And with security there, what sense does it make to make the situation any uglier?
“We weren’t there. We don’t know. The difference between Jay Z and somebody else is maturity took over. He grabbed her foot–you only got one time to kick me–he grabbed her foot. He didn’t do anything. I think in his head, he was like, ‘You’re not gonna have me have a mugshot.'”
We chatted about this yesterday on the site with the help of author Brooke Dean’s essay, “When Is It Ever Okay For A Man To Hit A Woman?” and as always, the response was mixed on such a topic. I wouldn’t advocate for men having such a response to a woman’s attacks and behavior, but if a man does feel threatened, he does have the right to defend himself, and vice versa. But I’m a firm believer that if one can avoid violence, please do.
What do you think of what Whoopi had to say? Check out her statements, and the entire table’s opinions below.
Whoopi Goldberg is executive producing a new reality series starring her daughter, Alex Martin, Shadow & Act reports. The series will be developed by 44 Blue Productions and Whoopi’s company, One Ho Productions. It appears that the docu-series will be family oriented, centering around Alex and her attempts to reinvent herself, both personally and professionally. The cast will include Alex’s husband, Bernard, their best friends Leisa and Ron and Alex’s three children—one of which has recently moved back home with her fiancé and newborn baby.
“To say that Alex has a gift for frankness and humor is an understatement – and she clearly comes by it honestly,” says Stephanie Drachkovitch, Executive Vice President of 44 Blue Productions. “Plenty of women face similar family dynamics, but they find support from their families and friends – in this case it’s Alex’s BFF since high school, Leisa. They keep each other honest and real!”
Whoopi adds that she felt it was important to tell the story of Alex and Leisa, who have been best friends since high school.
“I wanted to tell the story of two best friends who experience all of the major phases of a woman’s life together,” said Whoopi. “Alex and Leisa have been friends since they were 17 and are both children of famous people, and are now approaching 40. My daughter just became a grandmother and her daughter just turned 24 and they are just trying to figure their lives out. This is really the story of an all-American family for a new generation; it looks a little different than the storybooks, but it’s filled with love and laughter. It’s very funny to watch them.”
“Watching Alex navigate the unexpected turns of her life and that of her family is anything but ordinary,” adds Tom Leonardis, President and Executive Producer of One Ho Productions. “She and Leisa have basically raised their families together, putting their own humorous spin on the adage that ‘it takes a village.’ This family is funny, authentic and relatable – they just happen to have a famous family member who they look to for advice and the occasional reality check. Their story of multiple generations living together is one that will certainly resonate with viewers, and we’re eager to explore this phase along with them.”
Does this sound like a series you’d be interested in watching?
This week is Nurses Week and to honor some of the hardest working men and women in medicine, we take a look at celebrities who started their careers in nursing and other medical professions before becoming famous.
For five seasons she was one of Bravo’s “Real Housewives of Atlanta” and we watched her go from a single mother of two to become a football wife with four more children. Kim Zolciak credits Nene Leakes and RHOA for changing her life because she met her future husband Kroy Biermann through the show. But before she moved down to Atlanta to begin life anew, Zolciak was actually a nurse. She studied and received her degree from the University of Connecticut.
Whoopi And Ladies Of “The View” Blame Kenya For RHOA Fight; Civil Rights Group Color Of Change Blames Bravo, Andy Cohen
Another day, another perspective on the fight between Porsha Williams and Kenya Moore during part one of the Real Housewives of Atlanta reunion special. This time, it comes from another group of ladies–the women of The View.
Earlier this week while speaking on all the ugliness, the women (who were joined by special co-host Angie Martinez) seemed to all agree that Kenya Moore was to blame for the fight. As Martinez put it, “Don’t start none, won’t be none.”
Sherri Shepherd had this to say about the uncomfortable scene:
“I don’t excuse Porsha for hitting her, but I say, Kenya, I’m not excusing you either. You had a scepter that you kept putting in people’s faces. Also you took out a bullhorn and a bullhorn is meant to be heard from people hundreds of [inaudible] away from you.”
Whoopi also gave her two cents, with a bit more passion, saying that Kenya isn’t really being the role model she claims to be.
“I’m just going to say this. I read the statement that Kenya put out and I will ask you, Kenya, do you think it was okay for you to provoke people? Because if you’re worried about your image and how people are going to see you, I don’t know if messing with people like this is the right thing to do…”
When speaking on Porsha’s bad decision to put her hands on Kenya, Whoopi jokingly said, “I would have done it too!”
But the blame doesn’t just fall on Kenya or Porsha in the realm of public opinion. The activist group and organization Color of Change put out a statement blasting Bravo and executive producer Andy Cohen for allowing such a scene to happen. According to Shadow and Act, they are calling for a “no excessive confrontations policy,” the same policy that was put in place for the Basketball Wives Miami show after things got too crazy with that reality show back in 2012.
The physical violence displayed during Bravo’s Sunday primetime lineup was deeply alarming. After weeks of promoting the RHOA reunion altercation on Sunday, executive producer Andy Cohen finally condemned the violent behavior of cast members — completely ignoring the staged hostile environment that provoked the altercation and the troubling pattern of violent, stereotypical portrayals of Black people across many of Bravo’s Black reality franchises.
Research shows that dehumanizing portrayals of Black people on television lead to real-world consequences for Black folks — influencing how we are treated by doctors, judges, teachers and lawmakers. No matter how entertaining, this should be the last fight between Black women that Bravo profits from.
As for Cohen, he didn’t respond directly to Color of Change as of yet, but he took to Twitter to say that after considering the opinions of viewers, he wasn’t going to allow props on the show anymore.
A little too late, but that sounds like a good idea, Andy. Watch the convo between the ladies of The View below.
Whoopi Goldberg is the newest columnist for The Denver Post’s site on marijuana, The Cannabist. Her first column published today, focused on her vape pen named Sippy which, she says “changed her life.” Whoopi gets “glaucoma-induced headaches” and a few puffs on her pen does wonders.
“With the vape pen, you have more control over how much THC you ingest. If my headache is just starting, I know a short sip will take care of it. If the pressure inside my head is pounding, then two or three sips is a better prescription,” she writes.
Goldberg will write the column every couple of months.
The gig came about after the column’s editor, Ricardo Baca, appeared on The View. “We instantly connected, and her curiosity and desire to discuss the issues surrounding America’s ever-changing marijuana laws immediately reminded me of my colleagues back in Denver,” he said. Baca admits on the show that he does smoke pot himself (he was previously the paper’s music critic for 12 years ans says the editors knew he was “familiar”), but the paper only tests people when “they give them a reason to.”
Cannabis has been legal in different ways, shapes and forms in Colorado since 2000. With the most recent recreational legalization, Baca says the paper is looking at the lifestyle associated with pot and there are even critics writing for the paper. There are growing businesses surrounding marijuana legalization that certainly lend themselves to this sort of coverage.
As for Whoopi, she ends her first column on a serious note, extolling those places that have made marijuana legal and the pain management freedom that her Sippy has given her.
David Letterman has been a fixture on late-night television since 1982, but last Friday he announced that he will be hanging up his talk show hat after more than 30 years of interviewing celebrities and giving us his top ten lists. Even though Letterman will retire in 2015, there is already speculation about who will replace him on the Late Show. Here are ten candidates we’re rooting for.
Stephen Colbert starred in the cult Comedy Central show “Strangers with Candy” as the hilarious closeted gay high school teacher before moving on to become a correspondent at the “Daily Show.” In 2005 he was given his own spin-off show and took his mock staunch conservative stance to new heights on the “Colbert Report.” Colbert’s contract with Comedy Central is up in December so that plus his extensive knowledge in pop culture and politics makes him a great candidate to take over for Letterman.
Some celebrity moms have seen their families grow by having multiple children while these stars have closed up shop after having only one child.
When fans met Tamar Braxton as part of the hit reality show “Braxton Family Values,” she was adamant about not having a child at the time. Ready to finally kick off her solo career just right, the baby sibling of six wanted to focus on her singing even though husband Vince was ready to become a father. Last June, Tamar gave birth to her son Logan and insisted this will be her first, her last, and her only.