Whoopi Goldberg Apologizes for Using Ethnic Slur on ‘The View’ [Video]
Whoopi Goldberg landed herself in hot water once again, this time for using an ethnic slur on a recent episode of The View.
During the show’s broadcast, the 67-year-old used an offensive term derived from a slur for the Romani people. Goldberg noted that some of former President Donald Trump’s supporters think “he got gy—d somehow in the election.”
The term, derived from “gypsy,” was once commonly used to describe being cheated or swindled. Merriam-Webster classifies it as an offensive term.
After Goldberg used the term on the air, Twitter users were quick to point out that it is deeply offensive to Romani people. Some shared an NPR article from 2013, titled Why Being [slur] Hurts The Roma More Than It Hurts You.
Not long after, Goldberg issued an apology.
“You know, when you’re a certain age you use the words that you know from when you were a kid or you remember saying, and that’s what I did today and I shouldn’t have,” she said in a video posted to Twitter.
“I should have thought about it a little longer before I said it and I didn’t. I should have said ‘cheated’ and I used another word and I’m really, really sorry.”