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Whoopi Goldberg Weighs In On Jay Z Fight, Stands By Her Statement That A Man Can Hit A Woman Back

Posted on Fri May 16, 2014 10:29 AM PDT

We already knew what Jennifer Lopez had to say about it, but now Whoopi Goldberg has weighed in on the epic fight between Jay Z and Solange Knowles that occurred in an elevator after the Met Gala last week.

During Tuesday's episode of The View, Whoopi shockingly said that she thought any man has the right to hit a woman if she hits him first. It's not like Jay Z raised a fist to Solange after she punched and kicked him, but what if he had?

"I think Solange was quite ready for him to do whatever he was going to do," she said. "This is the thing: If anybody hits you, you have the right. I know that many people are raised in a different way—but if a woman hits you, to me, you have the right to hit her back." When Barbara Walters then asked if Whoopi was saying this applied to both men and women and Whoopi said, "If I slap a man, he has every right to slap me back."

However, Whoopi then got a ton of flack for her remarks, so she took to Facebook to set the record straight:

    "Hey, I know everyone is freaking out like I said that they would when I said if someone hits you, you have the right to hit them back. I didn't say Jay Z should have hit Solange. I said if you hit a man that man has the right to hit you back. That's what I said. I stand by that. If you hit anybody, they have the right to hit you back. This idea that men aren't supposed to hit women — if you slap a man he has the right to slap you back. Now, not everyone is going to agree and I'm okay with that. But that's how I feel. That's why I don't slap anybody."



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