Whoopi Goldberg Faces Backlash Over “Offensive” Remarks
“The View” cohost Whoopi Goldberg is once again facing backlash after saying that the Holocaust “wasn’t originally” about race.
The fresh round of backlash marks the second time this year that Goldberg has faced ire for what Holocaust experts and Jewish leaders say are historically inaccurate and offensive comments about the killing of 6 million European Jews from 1933 to 1945.
During an interview with the U.K. newspaper The Sunday Times, the reporter referenced Goldberg’s comments from earlier this year, where she claimed that the Holocaust was “not about race.” The remarks, made on-air in January, sparked immediate backlash and resulted in her being suspended from “The View” for two weeks. Goldberg issued a statement of apology on social media.
“Nazis saw Jews as a race,” the reporter said, referring to Goldberg’s previous comments.
“Yes, but that’s the killer, isn’t it?” Goldberg responded. “The oppressor is telling you what you are. Why are you believing them? They’re Nazis. Why believe what they’re saying?”
Goldberg continued, saying that it “wasn’t originally” about race. “Remember who they were killing first. They were not killing racial; they were killing physical. They were killing people they considered to be mentally defective. And then they made this decision.”
The reporter pointed out that “the Nazis measured the heads and noses of Jews to ‘prove’ they were a distinct race.” Goldberg replied: “They did that to Black people too. But it doesn’t change the fact that you could not tell a Jew on a street. You could find me. You couldn’t find them. That was the point I was making. But you would have thought that I’d taken a big old stinky dump on the table, butt naked.”
Goldberg’s comments sparked backlash.
Anti-Defamation League (ADL) chief Jonathan Greenblatt called Goldberg’s remarks “deeply offensive and incredibly disappointing.”
“Whoopi Goldberg’s comments about the Holocaust and race are deeply offensive and incredibly disappointing, especially given that this is not the first time she had made remarks like this,” Greenblatt said in a statement. “In a moment when antisemitic incidents have surged across the US, she should realize that making such ignorant statements can have real consequences.”
The Auschwitz-Birkenau Memorial and Museum tweeted a passage from a letter Adolf Hitler wrote in 1919, in which he stated that “Jews are definitely a race” and referred to Jewish people as an “alien race, unable and unwilling to sacrifice its racial distinctiveness.”
Lucy Lipiner, a survivor of the Holocaust, condemned the remarks. She tweeted: “Whoopi Goldberg continues to use the Holocaust as her punching bag. We told her that her comments harm us and she simply doesn’t care. I survived the Nazis and the Holocaust, so I’ll be damned if I let a comedy has-been, peddling a fake Jewish name get the better of me.”
Goldberg issued another apology statement after the interview sparked criticism.
“It was never my intention to appear as if I was doubling down on hurtful comments, especially after talking with and hearing people like rabbis and old and new friends weighing in,” Goldberg said. “I’m still learning a lot and believe me, I heard everything everyone said to me. I believe that the Holocaust was about race, and I am still as sorry now as I was then that I upset, hurt and angered people.”
11 comments on Whoopi Goldberg Faces Backlash Over “Offensive” Remarks
Yet, she’s very clear in identifying Muslims as a race.
Is the View still on who would ever watch that Hateful, Racist show.
The hateful, racist half of Americans ….. liberal democrats.
That’s why I never watch this show. Poisonous rhetoric produces toxic results. Whoopi Goldberg is a huge disappointment to me and I am no longer a fan of hers. These women are wasting their efforts, time, and aiding in the demise of todays wayward society instead of contributing to the success, promise of hope, good future, and value of women. everywhere.
Typical black spin on race . Racism is “always” just them. (Sarcasm). After all it is their golden goose and no other race can use that band wagon. Face it , that is their go to for everything .
The Nazi’s tried to wipe out the Jewish population and did kill six million in eight years, and Whoopi has the audacity to say the blacks have suffered more loss than the Jews, in 140 YEARS. She only has one view of the world: you’re either black and oppressed or you’re white and privileged! Talk about a racist!
Karen Johnson is dog crap. And I kept that clean…
Woopi Goldberg is ignorant about the Holocaust, but she’s quite stupid for making comments and a judgement about a subject she clearly knows nothing about! I have no respect for her! She should go to a Holocaust museum, take some courses to educate herself and hear a Holocaust survivor speak. She needs to look @ the gruesome photos and videos so she could witness some of the true horror of the Holocaust!
Funny how Goldberg chose a phony name, which is Jewish, she selected Whoopi, as she once stated, because she farted a lot. Time this show was removed from the air. I don’t think they are intelligent or informed enough to be spouting off their biased opinions.
Whoopi and you with a Jewish last name of Goldberg. How would you have felt if all the Jews what were exterminated were all Black. You don’t think that way, do you. I never watched the show and never will. They will have more viewers if Whoopi and Joy were gone from the show.
Whoopi’s portrayal of her taking a dump on a table/desk buck naked has scarred me for life.
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