According to the NewYorkPost:
Whoopi Goldberg has defended the star-studded Oscars audience for giving Will Smith a standing ovation after he smacked Chris Rock — saying that to call Hollywood types hypocritical “elites” is akin to racism.
The actress — who is back on “The View” after her suspension for saying the Holocaust was “not about race” — came to the defense Thursday of her celebrity colleagues after they dismissed Smith’s onstage slap, with her shrugging, “Stuff happens.”
Guest “View” co-host Tara Setmayer had been outraged by the ritzy audience’s reaction, insisting there needs to be “a lot of self-reflection in Hollywood.
“They gave [Smith] a standing ovation,” she noted.
“Which goes back to why some people feel like Hollywood elites are a bunch of hypocrites,” added the show’s lone conservative voice.
“I’m sorry, as one of those people, I’ve got to stop you,” Goldberg snapped.
“I just want to stop with all this ‘elite’ stuff, because a lot of us work for a living,” she said, insisting that while “some are making millions of dollars,” that’s “not everybody” in the movie industry.