After Meryl Streep’s scathing speech condemning President-elect Donald Trump Sunday night, liberals came out in full force to defend the actress and left-wing activist’s “brave” move preaching to the choir. On ABC’s The View Monday morning, actress and host Whoopi Goldberg unsurprisingly came to Streep’s defense as well. While doing so, Goldberg made some absurd claims about which type of politics run Hollywood.
The show led with Streep’s speech at the Golden Globes. While the panel largely applauded it, co-host Jedediah Bila argued that most people do not want to get a political lecture while watching an entertainment show. This irritated fellow host Whoopi Goldberg who went on a diatribe about how liberals get the short end of the stick in Hollywood (what?):
WHOOPI: Let me just put this out there. Stop using Hollywood as this bad word. Let me remind everybody that in the '70s and prior to that, Hollywood was really sort of run by the right-leaning groups. That's how we ended up with Mccarthyism and all of these so-called lefties being rounded up and eaten, basically, for their beliefs. Secondly, lot of actors have always come from real life, they have a different thing, a different way of looking at stuff. So, stop painting this idea. Because, you know, harking back to the conversation we had, I’ve been thinking about it, and I can't name one right-leaning person who was ever lost their job for right-leaning person. I can name you at least 15 or 20 people who lost their ability to make a living including myself because of right-leaning folks saying, oh, you said that, you shouldn't be saying that. So my point is, it’s not a Hollywood thing. Nobody's afraid, as you can see, to say what they want. But Danny Glover ate a lot of poop during the Bush Administration, as did Sean Penn.
“But I can’t name any right-leaning people who ate anything in the last 8 years,” Whoopi added.
The idea that Hollywood was run by the right all the way up till the 1980s is pretty preposterous but even more so is the claim that liberals lose job to conservatives in Hollywood. Clearly Whoopi doesn’t know any conservatives in Hollywood, to make such a silly statement.