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3. Whoopi Goldberg, Roman Polanski, and "rape-rape."
In 2009, Roman Polanski was back in the news due to a possible extradition from Switzerland to the United States stemming from the movie director's 1978 guilty plea to having "unlawful sex with a minor." Polanski fled the U.S. before his sentencing took place and is a fugitive who can't legally return to America. During a discussion of the case and its fallout, View co-host Whoopi Goldberg put forth a definition of sexual assault that puzzled just about everyone. "I know it wasn't rape-rape," said the Oscar-winning actress. "I think it was something else, but I don't believe it was rape-rape."
While there was a universal outpouring of condemnation for that statement, Goldberg didn't seem to suffer professionally for speaking her mind. In 2011, she garnered wide props for a public show of disgust at a Kathy Griffin joke calling the daughters of Sen. Scott Brown (R-Mass.) whores. "If somebody talked about my daughter as a joke like that," said Goldberg, "I would beat their ass."
Next: We all figured a guy named Bernard Shaw would be much wittier than this.