Yesterday, the broads of The View discussed Serena Williams' recent comments to Rolling Stone wherein the athlete engaged in some good ol' fashioned victim blaming while discussing the Steubenville trial.
"Do you think it was fair, what they got? They did something stupid, but I don't know. I'm not blaming the girl, but if you're a 16-year-old and you're drunk like that, your parents should teach you—don't take drinks from other people. She's 16, why was she that drunk where she doesn't remember? It could have been much worse. She's lucky. Obviously I don't know, maybe she wasn't a virgin, but she shouldn't have put herself in that position, unless they slipped her something, then that's different."
Williams later apologized and clarified her comments, but not before Whoopi Goldberg, Sherri Shepherd, Barbara Walters and guest host Margaret Cho could weigh in on the matter.
Everyone was reluctant to say anything negative about Serena Williams and that's understandable — it's hard to criticize someone you like and admire — but why were the hosts so reluctant to say anything negative about convicted rapists? In the segment's intro, Whoopi says that the Steubenville victim was "allegedly" raped, later in the clip, Sherri Shepherd says that boys who rape are "just as culpable" (not more) than girls who go out and drink too much and Barbara Walters, when discussing convicted rapist Mike Tyson, feels the need to qualify that Tyson is now "a wonderful performer." (Thank the powers that be that Margaret Cho was there to act as a voice of reason and empathy, otherwise our collective head might actually explode.)
As a closer, Whoopi — she of the infamous rape-rape comment — turned the conversation into a discussion of women's personal responsibility in situations like the Steubenville one. While she would like for boys to better respect women and maybe not rape them, she put more emphasis on what girls should do — which is always wear clean underwear (???), carry cab money and avoid getting drunk. Congrats, Whoopi! You just solved rape!
"Neither party comes out of this well," she says at the end of the segment. "So we have to do a better job with our young women."
Do a better job with our young women. Well, here's one counter argument: