Whoopi Goldberg stirs debate over her opinion regarding Bella Thorne’s nudes 

Is it victim blaming or a common sense reminder?


Caitlin Davis


Posted on Jun 19, 2019   Updated on Dec 4, 2023, 11:15 am CST

Whoopi Goldberg shared her opinion regarding Bella Thorne’s nudes during The View on Wednesday. Now people are conflicted over whether Goldberg was victim blaming or giving a common sense reminder.

Thorne said she was blackmailed with her own nudes, so she decided to take her “power back” by releasing them herself. Goldberg criticized Thorne for taking the photos in the first place, saying she should have known the pictures could be hacked–especially since she is a celebrity.

“Once you take that picture it goes into the cloud and it’s available to any hacker who wants them,” Goldberg said. “And if you don’t know that in 2019 that this is an issue, I’m sorry, your age does not—you don’t get to do that.”

Thorne posted the nude photos of herself on Twitter, Saturday.

“I feel gross, I feel watched, I feel someone has taken something from me that I only wanted one special person to see,” Thorne wrote in the tweet.

Sunny Hostin, a co-host on The View, felt sympathy for Thorne.

“For someone to extort her and threaten her with posting these pictures, it’s terrible,” Hostin said. “She’s not to blame. It’s the guy that’s trying to extort her.”

Thorne responded to Goldberg in a series of emotional Instagram stories.

In an Instagram story, Thorne said that she was canceling her upcoming appearance on The View due to the effect the hosts’ thoughts could have on young girls.

“Saying if you take a sexy photo then it basically deserves to get leaked, like, don’t be surprised at all and don’t feel sorry for yourself,” Thorne said. “So, if I go out to a party drinking and I wanna dance on the dance floor, do I deserve to be raped too? Because to me, I see those two things as really fucking similar.”

Twitter users slammed both Goldberg and The View–and did not hold back.

“What Whoopi Goldberg said about Bella Thorne is victim blaming,” one Twitter user wrote. “Please don’t do that shit, Whoopi.”

Yet, other Twitter users sided with Goldberg and her sentiments.



Others just took this opportunity to hate on Meghan McCain.



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*First Published: Jun 19, 2019, 7:04 pm CDT