Whoopi Goldberg Defends Malia Obama’s Decision To Drop Her Last Name Professionally

"The Color Purple” star clapped back at critics saying, “This is a grown woman! Leave her alone.”

Whoopi Goldberg is supportive of Malia Obama's career moves.

As a rising filmmaker, the 25-year-old has decided to drop her last name to prevent acts of nepotism as she carves out her path, as reported by Page Six. But it appears that decision has offended some people who think it was a foul decision. 

During Wednesday's (Feb. 21) live broadcast of "The View," the EGOT winner went to bat for the former first daughter as she embarks on her new journey as Malia Ann.

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“Apparently some folks online are criticizing her for it, claiming everyone knows she’s an Obama, so it’s pointless to hide it,” Goldberg said. "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 hell she wants to be!” 

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“This is a grown woman! She is not thinking about her parents!” the "Sister Act" star said of Malia who debuted her film, "The Heart" at the Sundance Film Festival last month.

“Leave this child alone — leave her alone!” she added.

While Goldberg believes critics of Malia have “too much time” on their hands, she also thinks they should be focused on more pressing issues than “this girl who’s doing her thing.”

“You wanna be worried about something? Worry about who’s running for president. Worry about that! This girl is a filmmaker, and she’s doing her own thing."

She continued, “I don’t understand why people feel the need to crush other people’s dreams,” she added. “You know, when people do that to you, it crushes you. Can you stop?!”

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