Remember when Whoopi Goldberg referred to ‘rape rape’?

A few years ago, Whoopi Goldberg claimed that film director Roman Polanski didn’t commit “rape rape.”

We’re not sure, but we think her point was that not all rapes are the same, i.e., some rapes are forcible and other kinds (like statutory rape?) are not.

Does that sound a lot like what Rep. Todd Akin said when he referred to “legitimate rape”?  Why, yes. Yes it does:

So true:

Oh, one more thing: It was rape rape.

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  • http://twitter.com/thetugboatphil TugboatPhil

    Sandra Bernhard threatening Gov Palin with gang rape if she visited New York City.

    http://articles.nydailynews.com/2008-09-19/gossip/17905157_1_governor-sarah-palin-alaskan-governor-republican-vp

    • Sheila

      Yeah? And?? Palin posted a map with cross hairs to note all democratic politicians her followers should take note of,and to Lock & load. Not long after one of them was shot. And after the shooting, she wnt on TV & not only had zero remorse about it, she tried to make the incident about herself & her feelings. She was clueless as to why people would suspect her maps as an issue–it would have been better if she said nothing. She’s no better. This tit for tat is boring & endless.

      • http://twitter.com/thetugboatphil TugboatPhil

        So you’re saying that being threatened with gang rape and having the location of your house marked on a map with a crosshair are equally threatening? That’s cool. Please don’t procreate.

  • climate3

    So we are comparing the comments of a member of Congress to that of a comedian? That’s balance! Wouldn’t it just be easier to help with the spin of Akin’s comment that he misquoted. It makes you look less petty.

    • carla5731

      The article is focused more on people’s reactions to the statements, not who made them. I think the last tweet sums it up well: “If you’re bothered by Akins gaffe but not by Whoopi Goldberg’s ‘I don’t believe it was rape rape’ remark, you shouldn’t be taken seriously.”

      • $21367552

        once again, shouldn’t people be expecting better from an elected official vs an aging actress co-hosting a show nobody cares about.

        • DanielBuckner

          No. Society isn’t made up of a high political class and a second tier civilian class. The gravity of her words has to do with societal impact. just like his.

          • Guest

            Wrong. No one ELECTED her to VOTE THEIR INTERESTS AT A NATIONAL LEVEL. If you don’t know the difference, maybe you should not be voting.

          • Lenna Hanna-O’Neill

            Wrong. No one ELECTED Whoopi to *vote their interests at a national level.* If you can’t understand the difference here, maybe you should not be voting.

        • http://pennyrobinsonfanclub.net/ Penny Robinson Fan Club

          Which isn’t the point, see my below.

    • http://pennyrobinsonfanclub.net/ Penny Robinson Fan Club

      No, we’re examining the hypocrisy of the left in general, which gets in an uproar over a rather odd statement by a Republican (a rather stupid one, too, I agree) but runs to the defense of one of their own who was not only an actual rapist, but a pedophile – type rapist, and an aggravated assault-type rapist, due to his administration of intoxicants to the victim: a pedophile aggravated rape-rapist who then compounded his felonies by becoming an international fugitive from justice.

      I just don’t understand how the Professional Left (as Vice Dear Leader himself once called it) can be so incensed over one stupid remark about rape, yet excuse the actual felonies committed in the course of an actual rape.

      Care to enlighten me?

      • http://pennyrobinsonfanclub.net/ Penny Robinson Fan Club

        Oh wait, let me guess. “Whoopi Goldberg is just an entertainer.” OK. So if Glenn Beck had made the Akins’ comment you would be as silent?

        • Lenna Hanna-O’Neill

          Again, ignoring the fact that *at the time* Whoopi made the remark, no one was ‘silent;’ it made a flap too, although not as much of one as when a US SENATOR makes such a statement. Why the difference in outrage? Oh, I dunno… maybe because some people are capable of understanding the difference between a talk show host whose only impact is on their fan base, vs an elected official with the power to WRITE LAWS. SOME people are. Even a few on the right, I suspect. *chuckle*

      • Lenna Hanna-O’Neill

        Oh, pleased to. On any number of points. FIRST of all, you make two generalizing (and incorrect) assumptions: One, that only those on the ‘left’ would be making a distinction between a talk show host and an elected representative of the American people. Got news for you, there are even a few ‘righties’ capable of grasping this. And two, that everyone on the left was *OK* with Whoopi’s statement. Wrong again; many people, even her OWN fans, were angry with the remark, and while some rushed to champion her, many did NOT. As a side point, the two comments were themselves very different. Whoopi was commenting on the difference between forcible rape, that the woman did not want, vs statutory rape, where the woman was absolutely amenable but it is still ‘rape’ due to legal constraints, such as age of the girl. Akin was claiming that a woman’s body has some magical mechanism to recognize the difference between rapist sperm and ‘normal’ sperm, causing it to reject a pregnancy by a rapist. Absolute nonsense, and frightening coming from a person who serves on a SCIENCE COMMITTEE IN THE SENATE.

        Next time, leave the partisan posturing at home, and try to address the comments on their own merits, mmmkay?

        • http://pennyrobinsonfanclub.net/ Penny Robinson Fan Club

          I am speaking of the pedophile rapist Roman Polanski who drugged and sexually assaulted a teenage girl of 13 or 14, wasn’t it? I would hardly call that “amenable” in any construction of the word. And then fled the US to avoid prison. Aggravated assault of a minor, rape of a minor, fleeing justice, I’m not sure how many counts it all adds up to, but Hollywood and the Collaborationist Media were treating him like a farking martyr because he couldn’t come back to the US without getting his arse thrown in jail.

      • Lenna Hanna-O’Neill

        Not to mention, which ‘actual felonies’ would it be that occur in the course of an ‘actual rape’ that you believe ‘the Professional Left’ is ‘excusing’? Looks like you are getting so wrapped up in your own hyperbole that you are losing your thread of argument. But whatever.

  • mcd410x

    I’d have a lot more respect for you all if you just admitted you don’t think it’s rape unless a really religious virgin who is saving herself for marriage gets brutalized. Stand up for what you believe in!!

    • DanielBuckner

      Comments like that hold no more value than a grade school verbal snipe. Rape is rape for anyone. Mr. Akin was wrong. Whoopi was wrong.

    • http://pennyrobinsonfanclub.net/ Penny Robinson Fan Club

      DIAF, loathsome little troll.

  • http://www.facebook.com/john.hanover.35 John Hanover

    Roman Polanski is a good director but FLED THE COUNTRY!!! Alcohol to a minor, a controlled substance to a minor, sex with a minor including sodomy, Whoopi is so stupid you can lose braincells listening to her. Rape is rape is rape rape is rape. Way worse than what Akin said, but that does not excuse Akin’s mental lapse either.

    • Lenna Hanna-O’Neill

      Whoopi was a talk show host; she was not ELECTED to represent the people of her state, much less hold a position on a *science committee.* That, IMO, means Akin is held to a higher standard.

      • http://www.facebook.com/john.hanover.35 John Hanover

        So apart from the wonderful distinction you made between a politician and a ” comedian ” do you think Whoopi’s comments aren’t in the least offensive? Take political sides out of this. Roman Polanski was and still is based on what he did a PEDOPHILE. Let’s count the ways in which he broke the law.
        1. Alcohol to a minor was a crime back then as well
        2. Controlled substance to a minor still a crime back then
        Still following me? He has already given her a muscle relaxant and alcohol to lower her inhibitions and thus have sex with her against her natural will.
        3. Sex with a minor IS CONSIDERED RAPE!
        4. Unlawful fleeing of the country to avoid justice.
        Even if you knew very little about the incident itself here are again the factors
        1. Alcohol 2. Controlled substance 3 Sex with an underage minor
        equals rape. Whoopi Goldberg was arguing that it was not rape and no one despite their political leanings should think that is OK. If you are defending Whoopi for irresponsible and ignorance then you are pathetic and really need to do some soul searching. In Your Opinion ? Your opinion is a joke and excuses her arguing in Polanki’s defense. He has no defense. Wake up. Never have I said what Akin said as being OK either but come on, his was dumb Whoopi’s was seriously ignorant of the cold hard truth.

  • terrapin53

    Whoopi ain’t running for U S Senate

    • carla5731

      Given that Whoopi Goldberg is on television for a minimum of five hours a week, and the president has appeared on The View at least once, she probably has more impact on national discourse than most senators. Still, the main point of the article is that both she and Akin were wrong.

    • http://pennyrobinsonfanclub.net/ Penny Robinson Fan Club

      So you would care as little if Rush Limbaugh had made these remarks? Kinda doubt it.

    • Owen007

      No, Whoopi is just like every other Hollywood liberal – considers herself a political genius, demands to be treated as such, winds up putting her foot in her mouth, plays the “I’m just an entertainer card,” and then repeat.

      • Lenna Hanna-O’Neill

        And in what way does this invalidate Terrapin53’s comment? Or are you not capable of making the distinction between the import of a comment by a talk show personality vs a comment by a person empowered to write laws we must all live with? You can always change the channel if you are not a Whoopi fan. Last time I checked, you can’t ‘turn off’ the Senate…

        • http://pennyrobinsonfanclub.net/ Penny Robinson Fan Club

          As I say, keep those sentiments in mind the next time Glenn Beck or Rush Limbaugh says something you find outrageous, and STFU about it. And btw, precious few are standing by Akins remarks; I certainly am not.

          But nice try, and thanks for playing.

  • http://www.facebook.com/john.hanover.35 John Hanover

    I love the detraction method employed here…Elected Official ( Republican only of course ) Bad, TV Talk Show Host OK. Barney Frank censured by the House for obstructing justice into the investigation of ” Chickenhawking ” going down in his DC home. Ted Kennedy leaving the scene of an accident and not reporting it for 10 hours after the fact and his secretary dead in the sunken car. Joe Biden on the congressional record claiming if they didn’t pass legislation there would be ” rape ” where’s the outrage you Liberal Trolls? Whoopi Goldberg defended a pedophile, Akin made a dumb and insensitive comment, get a fucking clue.

    • J D

      John, I think it is you who is detracting. Akin’s comment wasn’t dumb and insensitive; it was downright stupid. For the man to be part of the House Science and Technology Committee and to claim that the uterus can somehow distinguish between happy sperm and rape sperm is utter lunacy. Whoopi Goldberg? Really? We’re concerned about what this woman said vs. one of the leaders of our country? Ted Kennedy’s situation, decades ago, is old old old news and the comparison is specious. Our leaders should be held accountable for what they say and do. No one really gives a f*ck what a talk show host says.

  • J D

    I love how the conservatives race to his defense by pointing out a comparison between Todd Akin, a national leader, and Whoopi Goldberg. Or Sandra Bernhard. Really? We’re concerned about what a talk show host or a comedian says? Or Ted Kennedy’s scandal decades ago? It’s baby stuff to pretend those situations, which also had their repercussions, have anything to do with this. Our leaders should
    be held accountable for what they say and do. No one really gives a care
    what a talk show host says. Todd Akin is a Congressman of the United States. Whoopi Goldberg is a personality on a TV show.

  • Sheila

    So what? She’s not running for a political office. She is not trying to change laws for women’s rights. She’s an entertainer. Not someone who want the government in the bedroom. Pro-lifers are hypocrites–most are for the death penalty, war, and zero gun control. They want to interfere with lives before they’re 9 months, they have no problem with lives being taken away after that.