EURWEB: Headlines: WHOOPI GOLDBERG FIRED BY SLIM-FAST: They didn't like her lewd riff on Pres. Bush's name.
EURWEB: Headlines: "Slim-Fast has announced that she is history as far as being their spokesperson in light of her scathing send up of George W's last name at a fundraiser for the Democrats at Radio City Music Hall in New York.
'Ads featuring Ms. Goldberg will no longer be on the air,' Slim-Fast General Manager Terry Olson said in a statement, adding that the company regrets that Goldberg's remarks offended some customers.
Naturally, Republicans are too pissed and have expressed outrage over the fund-raiser last weekend for Democratic nominees John F. Kerry and John Edwards in which entertainers lined up to skewer the president.
Here's how the NY Post described what Whoopi did: 'Waving a bottle of wine, she fired off a stream of vulgar sexual wordplays on Bush's name in a riff about female genitalia.' "
"While I can appreciate what the Slim-Fast people need to do in order to protect their business, I must also do what I need to do as an artist, as a writer and as an American -- not to mention as a comic," Goldberg said in a statement Thursday. "It's unfortunate that, in this country, the two cannot mesh."
"America's heart and soul is freedom of expression without fear of reprisal," she said in a statement.
"I find all this feigned indignation about 'Bush bashing' quite disingenuous," she said, noting the Bush administration has savagely gone after critics like former Sen. Max Cleland, Iraq whistleblower Joseph Wilson and ex-terrorism chief Richard Clarke.
"For the Republican Party to pretend this is new to them seems a little fake," she said.
"The fact that I am no longer the spokesman for SlimFast makes me sad, but not as sad as someone trying to punish me for exercising my right as an American to speak my mind."
Kerry thought Whoopi's comments were inappropriate and has ditanced himself from the ex-SlimFast pitch person.