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Whoopi Goldberg blasts trolls for targeting Malia Obama

The actress did not take kindly to online criticism of the former first daughter
Whoopi Goldberg Photo credit: Bang Media)

Whoopi Goldberg has defended Malia Obama against trolls.

The Sister Act actress, 68, leaped to the defense of the former first daughter when keyboard warriors attacked the 25-year-old for not using her dad’s famous last name to promote her first short film.

Goldberg blasted the trolls on “The View” on Wednesday, Feb. 21: “Apparently some folks online are criticizing her for it, claiming everyone knows she’s an Obama, so it’s pointless to hide it.”

Malia is now going by Malia Ann professionally, and Goldberg added: “If she knows she’s an Obama, why do you care?  Why do you care what she calls herself? If she wanted to call herself Jeanette MacDonald, she has the right to! If I can be Whoopi Goldberg, she can be whoever the h— she wants to be!”

Whoopi continued to lash out at Malia’s critics, saying she had no idea why people were “triggered” by Malia’s decision to use her middle name for her directorial debut in The Heart, which premiered last month at the Sundance Film Festival.

“This is a grown woman! She is not thinking about her parents!” Goldberg added.

Goldberg’s “The View’”co-host Alyssa Farah Griffin, also backed Malia by saying she was trapped in a “d—ed if you do, d—ed if you don’t” situation.

She said: “If she went as Malia Obama, it’d be, ‘She’s riding her parent’s coattails,’ and I can’t think of a bigger shadow to feel like you’re living in than the president and first lady of the United States. She’s trying to carve her own course in a new field that she’s been pursuing.”

Goldberg also warned people to “leave this child alone” – repeating: “Leave her alone!”

Co-host Sunny Hostin, 55, also backed Malia by saying: “She says, ‘No, I want to make it on my own.’ Isn’t that what people want? Pick yourself up by the bootstraps, do your own thing, don’t cash in on your name.”

Goldberg told The Washington Post she does not use her birth name — Caryn Elaine Johnson — to keep her “personal life personal.”

Barack Obama, 62, and his wife Michelle Obama, 60, who celebrated their 31st wedding anniversary in October 2023, are also the parents of 22-year-old Sasha Obama.

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