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Whoopi Goldberg Compares Harrison Butker to Kaepernick on The View

In the wake of Harrison Butker‘s widely criticized opening speech, Whoopi Goldberg staunchly defended the Kansas City Chiefs kicker’s freedom of speech.

“Listen, I like it when people say what they have to say,” Goldberg, 68, said on Thursday, May 16 The view. “He goes to a Catholic college, he’s a devout Catholic. Those are his beliefs and he’s welcome to them. I don’t have to believe them. I don’t have to accept them. The ladies who were in the audience don’t have to accept them.”

Butker, 28, gave the speech to Benedictine College’s graduating class on Saturday, May 11, in which he discussed the “devilish lies” told to women, pointing out that the role of the “housewife” of of utmost importance, and made disparaging comments about the LGBTQ+ community, which equates Pride Month with “mortal sins.”

On Thursday, Goldberg continued: “In the same way, we want respect when.” Colin Kaepernick get on your knees, we want to show respect to people whose ideas differ from ours.”

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In 2016, then-San Francisco 49ers quarterback Kaepernick, 36, made a habit of sitting or kneeling during the national anthem before games to protest racial injustice and police brutality. Kaepernick became a free agent at the end of the season and has never been signed by another NFL team.

After a spirited discussion with the rest of the panel, Goldberg connected the outrage over Butker’s comments to the backlash she’s also faced in her own life.

Whoopi Goldberg defends Harrison Butker speech, compares Chiefs kicker to Colin Kaepernick

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“If you come for me, I have the right to say what I say,” she explained. “He has the right to say what he says.”

When Goldberg made her argument, Joy Behar sat two seats away with his arms crossed and a grin on his face.

“Joy, stop it,” Goldberg told Behar, 81. “I can see you. I know you want to get in here, and you know I’ll always make sure you do.”

Behar laughed it off and allowed Goldberg to make her final point, which focused on the numerous petitions calling on the Chiefs to cut Butker from the team.

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“I’m going to finish this because it’s one of the few moments where I can say something,” Goldberg said passionately. “If you say to someone, ‘I don’t like what you said and I’m going to get fired from my job because you don’t agree with me,’ then that’s a problem for me.”

Whoopi Goldberg defends Harrison Butker speech, compares Chiefs kicker to Colin Kaepernick

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She continued: “This happens to us all the time! That’s why I’m standing up for him.”

In a statement following the speech, the NFL said Butker gave the address “in his personal capacity.”

“His views do not align with those of the NFL as an organization,” said the NFL’s senior vice president and chief diversity and inclusion officer Jonathan Beane said. “The NFL has an unwavering commitment to inclusion, which only makes our league stronger.”

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