"I don’t like what he did here, but I know Mel and I know he’s not a racist… He may be a bonehead… I have had a long friendship with Mel...You can say he’s being a bonehead but I can’t sit and say that he’s a racist having spent time with him in my house with my kids. I can’t say it and so I really just need to say that. I don’t like what he’s done. Make no mistake…"
Joy Behar countered with:
"Do you think he’s anti-Semitic?
"I think he’s an a**hole. Drunks say stupid stuff to people all the time because they’re drunk. They’re out of control. They are not thinking they are idiotic. That’s why I don’t like alcohol. I can’t say anything about that because I know what people are like when they’re drunk. This rant, I don’t think he’s drunk on this rant…"
What she means: It's hard to say. On the one hand, she feels obligated to get the word out that she's been around Gibson and she's never observed such terrible behavior while in his presence. On the other hand, it's surprising she thinks drinking is an acceptable explanation of why he'd say such hurtful things to his ex-girlfriend and about different ethnicities. She thinks the alcohol is creating the hate speech, whereas I think most of us believe the alcohol is only making it easier for Mel to voice the beliefs that have been in his head for a long time.
Whatever the case, her friend is in trouble and she's feeling the need to step up on his behalf. However, she's making it look like she endorses his beliefs by putting herself in such close proximity to him. But if they're buddies, who paint their fingernails A-List red and watch Cold Mountain together, I'd understand why Goldberg stood up for him. It's rare to find a companion like that these days.