Whoopi Goldberg Stands Up for Malia Obama as She Sheds Surname for Film Role

Article Title: Whoopi Goldberg Defends Malia Obama After She Drops Famous Last Name For Sundance Debut

Whoopi Goldberg has come to Malia Obama’s defense after the former first daughter chose to drop her last name for her directorial debut at the Sundance Film Festival. Goldberg, who is known for selecting her famous stage name from a whoopee cushion at the start of her career, stated, “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 McDonald, she has the right to! If I can be Whoopi Goldberg, she can be whoever the hell she wants to be!”

At “The View,” the co-hosts also weighed in on the controversy, with Joy Behar stating, “It’s not like her last name is Nixon. Her last name has great vibes around it. So she might as well use it.” While Alyssa Farah Griffin expressed how Erica Malia Obama is in a “damned if you do, damned if you don’t” situation due to being the daughter of Barack and Michelle Obama.

Meanwhile, 25-year-old Malia wrote and directed “The Heart,” a short film about a grieving son grappling with an unusual request in his late mother’s will. Although it’s unclear why she dropped her last name for this project, many believe Malia wants to step outside of her parents’ liberal legacy and create her own path in life.