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Sunny Hostin and Whoopi Goldberg Clash Over Caitlin Clark’s Rising Fame in the WNBA | WATCH

*The basketball community is buzzing, not just for the rising prominence of a new WNBA talent but also for the intriguing conversations her stardom has sparked. Caitlin Clark, a 22-year-old phenom who brought unprecedented attention to women’s college basketball, is at the center of discussions about race, privilege, and beauty in sports.

On a recent episode of “The View,” co-host Sunny Hostin elaborated on her perspective that Clark benefits from “White privilege” and “pretty privilege.” Hostin’s comments arose during a segment discussing Clark’s significant role in the WNBA’s growing popularity. Clark’s contribution to the sport is undisputed, with her professional debut breaking records as ESPN’s most-watched WNBA game ever.

“If Caitlin Clark is the vehicle that will bring this sport that I have loved so much and so long to little five-year-old girls playing in Harlem, I say, ‘Yes, bravo.’ I have no problem with that,” Hostin stated. “With that being said, I do think that there is a thing called ‘pretty privilege.’ There is a thing called ‘White privilege.’ There is a thing called ‘tall privilege.’ And we have to acknowledge that.”

Standing firm in defense of Clark’s athletic excellence, Whoopi Goldberg, The View’s main host, passionately responded to the critiques from Hostin and others like Jemele Hill by citing Clark’s impressive statistics, including her title as the NCAA’s all-time leading scorer for both men and women.

Goldberg compared the remarks about Clark’s privileges to racially charged comments like: “Oh, you only got into this Ivy League college because you’re Black,” emphasizing the unfairness of discrediting Clark’s hard-earned achievements.

“This girl earned this! I’m sorry, there are great players, but nobody else has done this. So I’m not mad that they gave her a basketball,” Goldberg asserted, referring to Clark’s limited-edition Wilson basketball, reports Decider.

Goldberg offered a nuanced suggestion to Wilson, proposing the creation of a series of basketballs to honor female players in the WNBA, while cautioning against gendered colors: “Please, do not make them pink. OK? They don’t need to be pink. Just make them regular basketballs, ’cause there are some extraordinary players, and she is part of the reason that people are now paying attention to the WNBA.”

Reflecting on the broader efforts to highlight women’s basketball, Goldberg mentioned, “The View has been trying to bring attention to the WNBA for years and had been begging people to pay attention. These women are oftentimes equally, if not better sometimes than the folks you’re watching.”

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Goldberg concluded her defense by emphasizing the magnitude of Clark’s accomplishments with passion, waving a notecard bearing Clark’s impressive stats: “This is her record—unless you can show me who else has a better record than this, this is why she’s getting the attention she’s getting. ‘Cause she’s a damn good player.”

The debate over Caitlin Clark’s rapid rise to fame underscores a broader conversation in sports and society about how privilege, talent, and recognition intersect. While some, like Hostin, call for an acknowledgment of the multifaceted privileges that may play a role, others, like Goldberg, fervently defend Clark’s undeniable talent and well-deserved accolades. Regardless of where one stands on the issue, there’s no denying that Caitlin Clark is making an indelible mark on the world of basketball, inspiring future generations of athletes along the way.

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