Whoopi Goldberg Defends Boston Herald Cartoonist on ‘The View’

In response to a controversial cartoon that appeared in yesterday’s Boston Herald, “The View” co-host Whoopi Goldberg defended the cartoonist on today’s show.

Following information that the Sept. 19 White House fence-jumper made it to the East Room of 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue rather than just past the North Portico doors as earlier reported, Jerry Holbert’s cartoon contribution in yesterday’s print edition portrayed President Barack Obama brushing his teeth with a man behind him asking, “Have you tried the watermelon toothpaste?” and the caption “White House Invader Got Farther Than Previously Thought.”

Critics online described the cartoon as racist, for which Holbert later said he was, “completely naive or innocent to any racial connotations,” and that he was referencing a flavor of kids toothpaste in his bathroom at home.

This morning, Goldberg addressed the controversy on “The View,” saying “I don’t believe he did it on purpose. I don’t think he was thinking about it.”

But her co-host Rosie Perez didn’t buy it. “I’m saying it looks mad suspicious,” said Perez.

Click on over to “The View” to watch the clip (second video down).

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