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March 17, 2023

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.”

Source: Deadline

December 30, 2022

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.”

Sources: NBC News | The Hill

April 5, 2022

Whoopi Goldberg Says GOP Senators Oppose Jackson Because She’s Black

The View co-host Whoopi Goldberg claimed that Senate Republicans are opposing Judge Ketanji Brown Jackson‘s nomination to the Supreme Court because she’s a black woman.

Goldberg was reacting to comments from Sen. Roy Blunt (R-MO), in which he said he wouldn’t be voting in favor of Jackson, but noted that her nomination was a “high point for the country.”

“This is the most ridiculous — just say, ‘I don’t trust a black woman to do the job’ because I know ya’ll didn’t have these same issues with [Supreme Court Justice] Amy Coney Barrett,” Goldberg said. “You didn’t ask those questions. You didn’t have those problems.”

“We all know what it is. It is something we all know. It’s there. This is something we are used to, but do you know what? You can’t take away what this woman is, and who she is, and what she’s done and how she got there,” Goldberg said.

The show’s other hosts echoed Goldberg’s claims, with Ana Navarro referring to opposition of Jackson’s nomination as “cowardice.”


Whoopi Goldberg claims Republicans opposing Ketanji Brown Jackson nomination because she’s Black

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