Meghan McCain Sides With Bella Thorne Against Whoopi Goldberg During Controversial Episode of ‘The View’

Actress Bella Thorne hit the news hard after a hacker allegedly stole various nude photos and videos and threatened to leak them. In a move to gain control of the situation and to show the hacker had no power over her, Thorne posted the photos herself on her Twitter. Now, reactions to the situation on an episode of The View is leaving fans and members of the show’s panel divided. After a damning statement by Whoopi Goldberg, both Bella Thorne and panel member Meghan McCain are firing back.

Bella Thorne takes back her power

Bella Thorne
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After Bella Thorne received text messages from an unknown hacker informing her that he had possession of her nudes and videos, she refused to be blackmailed. Instead of allowing this person’s invasive actions to control her life, she decided to simply release the media herself, taking the power out of the hacker’s hands.

Alongside the photos and videos, she released the following statement (Warning: this link includes NSFW content alongside the statement). “Yesterday as you all know my sh*t was hacked[.] For the last 24 hours I have been threatened with my own nudes I feel gross, I feel watched, I feel someone has taken something from me that I only wanted one special person to see, [h]e has sent me multiple nude photos of other celebs, he won’t stop with me or them he will just keep going, [f]or too long I let a man take advantage of me over and over and I’m f*cking sick of it … I can sleep tonight better knowing I took my power back.”

Thorne went on to let the hacker know that they shouldn’t rest easy. “Oh yea, the FBI will be at your house shortly. so watch. Your. Mother. Fuc*in. Back Fu*k you and the power u think you have over me. I’m gonna write about this in my next book,” she wrote in her statement.

Whoopi Goldberg’s controversial statement

Whoopi Goldberg
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When the event made it to The View panel, Whoopi Goldberg made some statements that didn’t sit well with fans and her other panel members. Goldberg stated that, “If you’re famous — I don’t care how old you are, you don’t take nude pictures of yourself.”

She went on to add that, “When they’re hacking you, they’re hacking all of your stuff. So whether it’s one picture or a million pictures, once you take that picture, it goes into the cloud and it’s available to any hacker who wants it. 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. You don’t get to do that.”

Essentially, Goldberg was blaming Bella Thorne for what happened to her — as if it was her fault that a hacker got ahold of her photos and tried to threaten her. Shouldn’t the blame go to the hacker for behaving poorly, not to Thorne for taking personal photos? Goldberg’s panel members certainly seemed to think so.

Both Bella Thorne and Meghan McCain fire back

Meghan McCain stuck up for Bella Thorne after Goldberg’s comments. “This is very, very common,” said McCain. “It’s very common for people to take nude photos, it’s very common to receive them. Back when I was dating, I used to get them all the time.”

McCain’s co-hosts agreed. Joy Behar backed up Thorne, saying, “I saw the pictures of her nude. I have to be honest, if I had that body, I’d post them at the Food Emporium.”

Goldberg tried to argue her point again, but McCain went on to add, “But they have a right to privacy!”

In an emotional callout to Goldberg, Thorne recorded a video, saying, “I feel pretty disgusting, Whoopi, knowing that everyone’s seen my shit. And I just want to say that me watching this interview made me feel really bad about myself. I hope you’re happy. I really do. I really hope you’re so fucking happy, because I can only imagine all of the kids who have their shit released and then they commit suicide.”

Thorne went on to add, “You’re so crazy for thinking such terrible things in such an awful situation. Like, I don’t really want to go on The View anymore because I don’t really want to be beaten down by a bunch of older women for my body and my sexuality. I don’t really feel like that. And so I’m going to cancel my interview because I don’t really want you guys talking about your views to young girls, because I would not want my daughter to learn that. And I would never say that to her.”

Goldberg has yet to respond to Thorne’s statements.