Whoopi Goldberg started on ABC’s “The View” as a co-host on Tuesday. And she may have already stirred up some controversy on the show.
15 minutes into her first show, Goldberg brought up Michael Vick and his dog fighting charges.
“You know from his background this is not an unusual thing for where he comes from. There are certain things that are indicative to certain parts of our country,” said Goldberg.
Co-host Joy Behar looked horrified as Goldberg spoke. Behar asked about dog torture and dog murdering.
Goldberg said unfortunately, that is part of it also. She added that dogs are sport for a lot of people. She said it seemed to take Vick some time to realize that the charges he faced were serious.
“It seemed like a light went off in his head when he realized that this was something the entire country really didn’t appreciate, didn’t like,” Goldberg said.
She said because Vick was raised in the South, it is “part of his cultural upbringing.” She compared it to cockfighting in Puerto Rico, and how it is part of the country there. She stated that Vick comes from a culture where dog fighting is not questioned.
Goldberg added if somebody from New York City was involved in dog fighting, she would feel differently about it.
Co-host Elisabeth Hasselbeck said she was encouraged by the NFL suspending Vick indefinitely.