Whoopi Goldberg created a backlash with comments she made on “The View” about Bill Cosby. Goldberg stood by Cosby even after court documents revealed that the comedian admitted giving quaaludes to women to try to have sex with them, as we reported separately.
Fox News reports that Goldberg said Cosby deserves to still be considered innocent until proof of his guilt surfaces.
“As more information comes out, people can make judgments,” Goldberg said. “I don’t like snap judgments.”
She appeared to anticipate a backlash, saying: “Save your texts; save your nasty comments. I don’t care. I say this because this is my opinion, and in America, still, I know it’s a shock, but you are still innocent until proven guilty. He has not been proven a rapist.”
But the Twitterverse did not hold back. Here are a couple of the tweets:
“Whoopi needs to stop. She says you need proof before making a judgement about Cosby. COURT DOCUMENTS JUST CAME OUT SAYING HE DRUGGED GIRLS.”
“Whoopi is why #TheView is failing. The biggest Hot Topics are just swept under the rug. #BillCosby is a rapist! Friend of urs or not!”
Co-host Raven Symone, who was on “The Cosby Show” as a child actress, also exercised restraint on the subject of Cosby. She said: “I don’t really like to discuss [this] because he is the reason I am on this panel in the first place. He gave me my first job. You need proof and then I will be able to give my judgment here or there.”