Now Whoopi Goldberg Gets Dragged into Sunny Hostin's Name-Change Drama on The View [Update]

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Updated 9/22/2022 at 12:15 p.m. ET
View co-host Sunny Hostin sparked a heated discussion after she called former Trump official Nikki Haley over shortening her name and claimed she was trying to hide her legacy, per The Daily Beast. Then Twitter dragged Whoopi Goldberg into the drama as she tried to shut down the debate.
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"I'm just going to end this conversation. I'm authentically myself. I'm Whoopi Goldberg and we'll be right back," the co-host said at the end of the segment. And then came Twitter and the far right with their nonsense.
For context, the show's host, Alyssa Farah Griffin, suggested Republicans should already abandon Trump and support other conservatives like Haley and Rep. Liz Cheney. Hostin then took a jab at the two. "Nikki Haley the chameleon and Liz Cheney the savior," Hostin said. "There are some of us who can be chameleons and choose not to embrace our ethnicity so that we can pass." Griffin then stepped in to try to defend Haley, but the two continued to go back and forth.
More on The View's segment from The National Review:
Hostin continued to pound on the former governor, urging Haley to "lean on" being a woman of color. Co-host Sara Haines interjected at this point, refocusing the discussion on the list of potential GOP presidential candidates.
"Sunny, I don't think that's fair, you're going under a different name," [co-host Sara Haines] exclaimed.
"That's because most Americans can't pronounce Asunción due to under-literacy in our culture," Hostin replied, defending her personal use of a nickname.
“Nikki is her legal middle name — Nimrata Nikki Haley. Meanwhile, Sunny Hostin (Asunción Cummings Hostin) and Whoopi Goldberg (Caryn Elaine Johnson) aren't using their real names," a reporter tweeted in response to Whoopi's filling in for the commercial break.
Other users shared the same sentiments, including Haley herself.
"Thanks for your concern @Sunny. It's racist of you to judge my name. Nikki is an Indian name and it's on my birth certificate - and I'm proud of that. Sad is the hypocrisy of the left towards conservative minorities. By the way, last time I checked that Sunny isn't your maiden name..." she tweeted.
The comment might have been less racist than hypocritical, but Haley made a point. Whether she shortened Nimrata Nikki to "Nikki" to fit the face of the conservative crowd is up to her. We melanized women often do that. Some of our names, given to us at birth, were designed to help us conform to society's standards and to hide our race on paper.
To take power back into our own hands, some of us are changing our names. Like Whoopi. She told Reuters her family game of religions, which she wasn't subscribed to. So she combined her Jewish ancestor's last name and a pun on being "gaseous" and created Whoopi Goldberg.

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