NEW YORK, NY – Comedienne Whoopi Goldberg, co-host of ABC’s morning talk show The View, was highly critical of another talk show host – HBO’s Bill Maher – for saying that he didn’t want to live in the “masked paranoid world” of COVID-19 anymore, saying he was being “flippant” towards those who had lost loved ones over the two-year course of the pandemic.
On Monday’s broadcast of The View, Goldberg played a clip of the opening monologue from this past weekend’s episode of Real Time with Bill Maher, where Maher declares that he is “done with COVID.”
“I don’t want to live in your paranoid world anymore, your masked paranoid world,” he said. “You go out. It’s silly now, you know, you mask, you have to have a card, you have to have a booster. They scan your head like you are a cashier and I’m a bunch of bananas. I’m not bananas. You are.”
Goldberg took exception to Maher’s attitude towards the many restrictive mandates that have been put in place around the country in order to curb the spread of the virus, saying that what the HBO host said was “not funny” to those who had lost loved ones.
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However, while decrying Maher’s monologue, Goldberg inadvertently created a soundbite that will no doubt delight vaccine skeptics by accidently referring to the virus as “this vaccine.”
“That’s not really funny to people who have lost their kids to this vaccine. Or people who lost family members or dear friends to this,” she said. “Listen, nobody on the planet really wants to go through this. This is not something we’re doing because it’s, you know, sexually gratifying. This is what we’re doing to protect our families, and you don’t have to do it, but stay away from everybody, because if you are the one who’s not paying attention, and you’re coughing and sneezing, you don’t want to…then stay out of the public, man.”
“This is not…nobody wants this,” Goldberg continued. “I don’t want it, and I think he’s forgetting that people are still at risk who cannot get vaccinated, people who can’t. Little kids under the age of 5 or people with health conditions. How dare you be so flippant, man?”