‘The View’s’ Whoopi Goldberg Slams Seth Rogen, Michael Moore Over ‘American Sniper’ Criticism (Video)

The ABC daytime talk show host comes back feisty from a two-week hiatus and dominates the first portion of “Hot Topics”

“The View” host Whoopi Goldberg wasted no time firing back Tuesday at Seth Rogen and director Michael Moore for their comments about film “American Sniper,” which surpassed $105 million in a record-breaking MLK-weekend box office.

Rogen had tweeted that the Oscar-nominated film reminded him of a scene in “Inglourious Basterds.” Moore, meanwhile, tweeted that his father taught him “snipers are cowards.”

“We stood behind you Seth with your movie, and we said you had the right to make the movie you wanted to make. Give them the same respect, because we stood behind them. Michael Moore, you know better,” said Goldberg, who returned to the ABC daytime talk  show from a two-week hiatus while she nursed a bulging disc in her back.

“My brother came through the ’60s,” she said. “If you’ve ever been to war, you can call people all kinds of names. Until the bombs are exploding around you, and people are dying around you, you need to be a little more sensitive, dudes. I get that you’re creative types, but so are they. So back up, or not?”

Co-host Nicolle Wallace chimed in.

“These guys die so people like Michael Moore and Seth Rogen can say this stuff.  So, the next time they trash a movie about America’s heroes they should add a little thank you,” Wallace said. “They compared these guys to Nazis … It’s offensive. It’s reprehensible, and I think the military should boycott Seth Rogen‘s crappy movie.”

“But, Nicole,” Rosie O’Donnell said, “Democracy demands dissent, and you know that. So I think that everybody is allowed to say what their opinion is.”

After Rogen and Moore faced backlash for their comments, both clarified their statements Monday.

“I wasn’t comparing the two. Big difference between comparing and reminding. Apples remind me of oranges. Can’t compare them, though,” Rogen tweeted. “But if you were having a slow news day, you’re welcome for me giving you the opportunity to blow something completely out of proportion.”

The “Bowling for Columbine” director addressed the issue on his Facebook page:

“But Deadline Hollwood and the Hollywood Reporter turned that into stories about how I don’t like Clint Eastwood‘s new film, ‘American Sniper.’ I didn’t say a word about ‘American Sniper’ in my tweets. Most of us were taught the story of Jesse James and that the scoundrel wasn’t James (who was a criminal who killed people) but rather the sniper who shot him in the back. I think most Americans don’t think snipers are heroes.”