The Word Whoopi Goldberg Said Is the Ugliest in the English Language
If you think of the celebrities most easily offended, Whoopi Goldberg has to rank low on the list. When Ted Danson roasted her in blackface in 1993, it barely seemed to register. As she stayed cool and backed Danson during the controversy, Whoopi reminded everyone she’s different from most stars.
When the backstory of Danson’s roast emerged, it got even more intriguing because Whoopi wrote the jokes Danson told that night. In short, she knows how to walk the line with her comedy — and doesn’t mind crossing it at times.
As far as her language goes, Whoopi’s never been shy about dropping the f-word or other curses. In her 2010 book Is It Just Me? Or Is It Nuts Out There?, she went so far as to say we should teach young kids to say these words.
Whoopi’s reasoning went like this: Curse words like that (the equivalent of “darn”) don’t insult people. but many acceptable words do. Whoopi referred to one word in particular as the ugliest in the entire English language.
Whoopi considers ‘stupid’ the most reprehensible word in English.
Writing about people who had problems with her cursing during her act, Whoopi took up the subject of what’s actually offensive. For her, the occasional (or frequent) f-bomb means little. After all, its most used as an exclamation, modifier, or verb.
You don’t hear it very often as a description of a person — one that is meant to insult. “Stupid,” on the other hand, does just that, and Whoopi called it “the ugliest, most reprehensible word in the English language.” (She elaborated on the subject in the chapter titled, “Censorship.”)
“You can say to someone who is six [or] someone who is 106 … and it will be like someone kicked them in the stomach because [stupid and dummy] are harsh, ugly words,” she wrote.
As for cutting back on the profanity that punctuated her stand-up routines and on-screen characterizations, she offers no apologies. “When they remove ‘stupid’ from the English language, I will temper my f–ks and sh–s. But until then? Not gonna happen.”
Respect and civility are recurring themes in Whoopi’s writing.
While moderating The View, you often see Whoopi intervening when it looks like co-hosts are about to fight. She tries to calm everyone down so they can speak their opinions and move on to the next subject.
You see Whoopi take the same approach when weighing in on scandals of the day. She stresses the importance of civility and respecting the opinions of others — even when they disagree with you (see: McCain, Meghan).
In her writing, you find Whoopi stressing the same points. Her critique of words like “dummy” and “stupid” revolves around their hurtful connotations. She wants people to share ideas without coming to blows, if possible.
While liberals expect her to jump on anything Joe Biden says — and conservatives want to her to pounce on the Elizabeth Warrens of the world — Whoopi lets people speak her peace and doesn’t bite.
Though moderating The View isn’t the coolest job Whoopi’s ever had, it’s definitely been a good fit.