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Whoopi Goldberg Defends Hasan Minhaj For Embellishing Stand-Up Stories: “That’s What We Do”

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Whoopi Goldberg is coming to the defense of Hasan Minhaj, who has received some criticism after acknowledging that he has embellished stories that were basically based in fact in his stand-up routines. “That’s what we do” (as comedians), Goldberg said during Monday’s The View. “That’s what we do, we tell stories and we embellish them.” She added, “If you’re going to hold a comic to the point where you’re going to check up on stories, you have to understand, a lot of it is not the exact thing that happened because why would we tell exactly what happened?

It’s not that interesting. There’s information that we will give you as comics that will have grains of truth, but don’t take it to the bank.

That’s our job, a seed of truth: sometimes truth and sometimes total B.S.” In a recent interview with the New Yorker, Minhaj acknowledged that he has embellished stories in his comedy. “All my standup stories are based on events that happened to me,” he said in a statement. “Yes, I was rejected from going to prom because of my race.

Yes, a letter with powder was sent to my apartment that almost harmed my daughter. Yes, I had an interaction with law enforcement during the war on terror.

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