Whoopi Goldberg & ‘The View’ Co-Hosts Call Out LeBron James For Not Encouraging People To Get Vaccinated
The ladies of The View aren’t happy with LeBron James’ stance on urging others to get the COVID-19 vaccine.
As previously reported, during the Los Angeles Laker’s media day on Sept. 28, 2021, LeBron James revealed he’s received the COVID-19 vaccine but said he doesn’t believe he should encourage others to get it, stating it’s not his “job.”
Now, co-hosts of The View are speaking out on why they believe his statements are harmful. Longtime moderator Whoopi Goldberg started the conversation by saying,
“If it’s not your job that means that some of those folks that would be coming to see you play are not gonna come see you play ‘cause they can’t get in.”
She continued and said,
“It’s not your job to tell people what to do but you can suggest that you… you know you figured out nobody grew a second head or a tail when they got the shot… I don’t know why… why that would be hard for folks.”
Ana Navarro chimed in and expressed why LeBron James‘ status as a public figure gives him more responsibility. She added that privacy does not come with being in the public eye.
“When you have a public platform.. when you are a public person it’s a privilege.. but it’s also a responsibility and privacy doesn’t come along with being a public person.”
She spoke on how fans are the ones that enable him to live the life he lives and that he has a responsibility to them. Ana Navarro further explained and said,
“You have a responsibility to those people that made you to share what you know and to try to get them to do the right thing. So I’m sorry… you know I wish we had private lives but we don’t. We are public people with a lot of privileges and that’s the responsibility that comes along with it.”
Sara Haines also expressed how she feels LeBron James has the duty to encourage the vaccine not only because he’s an athlete but also because he’s black.
“So I think the fact that he’s an athlete..I think that he’s black is also important because there was some hesitancy in the beginning in that community.”
Check out the full clip from The View below.
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