Tuesday Update: Whoopi Goldberg Comes Out As Pro-Life, ‘Empire’ Star Says Smollett Could’ve ‘Set The World On Fire’ With Hoax, USA Gymnastics Settles For $380M With Nassar Victims

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We’re tracking the conservative culture clash with woke Hollywood hypocrites to keep you up to date on who’s winning and who we hate. 

 Here’s what happened today:

Pro-Life 

Whoopi Goldberg, liberal co-host of ABC’s “The View,” came out as pro-life during Monday’s broadcast. 

Goldberg made the announcement while the panel was discussing how the Supreme Court upheld the Texas Heartbeat Act’s provision to allow people to file $10,000 lawsuits against abortion providers. 

“They shouldn’t have introduced it in the first place,” Goldberg commented. “But now they’ve opened up the door to it, and it’s just, you watch and see how many folks come running through, because the bottom line is, really, has always been, I, too, am pro-life.”

“No one that I know who has had an abortion went willingly or happily,” she continued. “They went because they had to go, because they didn’t have a choice. Now, I don’t want anyone to have one who doesn’t want it.”

Goldberg pointed out that there’s no mandate that says anyone must have an abortion, but the legislation essentially limits women’s ability to get a needed abortion if their life is on the line. 

“If you’re someone who has had to deal with incest, I don’t care,” she said of the Act’s limitations. “If you’ve been raped, it doesn’t matter.’”

 

Postponed

The NBA postponed two Chicago Bulls games due to COVID-19 for the first time during the 2021-22 season, when only eight players were eligible to play as a result of ten teammates testing positive this week. 

“The Chicago Bulls’ next two games — Tuesday, Dec. 14 against the Detroit Pistons and Thursday, Dec. 16 against Toronto — have been postponed,” the league commented in a statement. “Ten Bulls players, along with additional staff members, are currently in the NBA’s Health and Safety protocols.”

The entire team is reportedly inoculated, but head coach Billy Donovan said he wasn’t surprised since the vaccinated “have been testing positive too” on a national level. 

“I don’t think anybody was under the premise that just because you’re going to be vaccinated that you have no chance of getting COVID,” he went on. “I think that’s been proven pretty much to be the case, that you still have the possibility.”

Donavan said most of the team had mild cases or no symptoms at all. “That’s obviously a good thing, too, because I think when guys have gone through a real difficulty of getting really, really sick, it’s really made it a lot harder for them coming back.”

 

Relocating 

Infamously hot-headed chef Gordon Ramsey is moving his massive North American shingle from insanely overtaxed California to Texas. 

“The cost of living adjustment [from California to Texas] is pretty substantial,” the company’s CEO Norman Abdallah explained. “If you can make it in Dallas, you can make it anywhere.”

Ramsey’s businesses reportedly lost $80 million during pandemic shutdowns in the UK and likely more in the US, but plans to open at least 75 corporate restaurants through his Texas-based branch over the next five years.  

 

Guilty Reaction

“Empire” star Terrence Howard publicly spoke out about Jussie Smollett’s guilty verdict for staging a hate crime, and which he noted could have “set the world on fire” if “they” got away with it.

“It’s interesting, it’s an uncomfortable question because anyone that’s aware of the show or my relationship with Jussie would know that Jussie is, for six years, he was my son,” Howard told a radio host on Sunday. 

“He was my son that I had the most difficulty with on that show as far as the character world goes,” he continued. “So you end up getting very close to individuals that you have the most struggle with. Whose characters you have the most struggle with.”

“If they had gotten away with it, whoever orchestrated it. Whatever was set up. If they got away with it, then we would have the potential of Blacks feeling like they need to defend Black people against MAGA, and it could have turned into something very, very scary and very ugly.”

“People would have gotten hurt and killed and if that was the case, the blood on someone’s hands would have been massive,” he remarked

Howard said he’s “very glad” the trial is over, and that he respects the jury’s decision. “They judged him and found him guilty, 12 of them that judged from a completely unbiased position… you have to respect that,” he concluded.  

 

Settlement 

USA Gymnastics finally settled with the victims of team physician Larry Nassar, half a decade after Olympian Jamie Dantzcher filed the first civil lawsuit against the organization.

“USA Gymnastics, U.S. Olympic & Paralympic Committee and their insurers have agreed to fund a $380 million settlement with victims of longtime national team physician Larry Nassar, drawing to a close a five-year legal battle that has upended American Olympic sports governance,” The Wall Street Journal reported on Monday.

The announcement comes three months after gymnasts Simone Biles, Aly Raisman, McKayla Maroneym and Maggie Nichols explained the extent of the sexual abuse they suffered while under the care of the disgraced physician to Congress.

Aside from the monetary compensation, the settlement also includes “requirements for self-identified survivors of abuse in gymnastics to have official roles in USA Gymnastics.”

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