“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

May 15, 2014  |  

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.

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