When Whoopi Cries We Know It's a Special Moment

Saturday, November 16, 2013 - 10:52am

When Whoopi Cries We Know It's a Special Moment

A moving affirmation of the power we have to affect one another simply by being ourselves. In this video, Whoopi Goldberg is overtaken with emotion after a man with autism testifies to the power of her role in Star Trek changed his social life.

Warning: this may not be safe for work, unless you don't mind crying at your desk.

(via Upworthy)


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Lily Percy

is senior supervising producer at On Being. Lily studied English Literature and Film Studies at Florida International University. She has worked as an associate editor at MovieMaker magazine, and as a producer for StoryCorps and NPR's "All Things Considered" on the weekends, where she produced the series "Movies I've Seen A Million Times." Her work has also been featured on NPR's Latino USA, WNYC's Soundcheck, and Esquire. In 2012, she received the Religion Newswriters Association Radio/Podcast Religion Report of the Year Award for her profile of four Roman Catholic Womenpriests.

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I would have cried, too. How often do any of us want to know we've made a difference to the world? Whoopie has done charity work & such for sure, but for someone to say, "You matter. Your work led me down a path that took me to a place I didn't know I could go," well, dang. That's huge!

Generally autistic people are uncomfortable with touch, especially invasive touch like hugging. Bold move Whoopie, bold move.

This beautiful moment proves just how connected we all are . . . in unknown and unexpected (when they come to light) ways.
May the light from this video touch many hearts worldwide!

Thanks so much for sharing the powerful and moving video of Whoopi and the young man with autism. We never know how we impact another person's life. Wonderful, wonderful!

Just the human, heart to heart connection on display in this clip....So very beautiful!

I've been listening to your show since it's beginnings ....and I've been loving and living the questions right along beside you. When Phil Donahue said: "there are many people out there who can carry this ball and, I mean, throw back answers that will just, I think, be a thousand times more inspiring, informed. You know, the people who got smart early, those are the people you want to talk to. Wow, they're fascinating.." It prompts me to ask you why you have not had a conversation with Jack Spong, Marcus Borg, Dom Crossan or C Joseph Sprague as guests on your program?

I agree that at least Marcus Borg should be considered for interview. I thought that as I listened to your interview of Walter Brueggemann. My wife and I heard them speak together in 2012.