Whoopi Goldberg is in more hot water for trivializing the Holocaust after remarks that the barbaric slaughter of over 6 million Jews by Nazi Germany wasn’t about race, being forced to issue an apology as she was engulfed by a raging firestorm of criticism.
The race-obsessed 67-year-old cohost of ABC’s popular daytime gabfest “The View” clearly didn’t learn anything from her suspension in February for “wrong and hurtful comments” about Adolf Hitler’s genocide of European Jewry, which she repeated in an interview with the Sunday Times of London.
“My best friend said, ‘Not for nothing is there no box on the census for the Jewish race. So that leads me to believe that we’re probably not a race,’” Whoopi said while discussing her latest role in the critically acclaimed film about slain civil rights martyr Emmett Till, the 14-year-old black Chicago youth who was brutally murdered in Mississippi in 1955.
“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,” she said of the controversy over her prior remarks. “But you would have thought that I’d taken a big old stinky dump on the table, butt naked.”
The reaction was swift and severe with the Anti-Defamation League calling her take “deeply offensive” and others demanding that she be fired from ABC as the hashtag #FireWhoopi appeared on social media.
Goldberg, whose real name is Caryn Elaine Johnson was once again forced to walk back her incendiary remarks, issuing a statement on Tuesday profusely apologizing and now insisting that the Holocaust was about race after all.
“Recently while doing press in London, I was asked about my comments from earlier this year. I tried to convey to the reporter what I had said and why, and attempted to recount that time. 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,” the statement reads.
“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. My sincere apologies again, especially to everyone who thought this was a fresh rehash of the subject. I promise it was not. In this time of rising antisemitism, I want to be very clear when I say that I always stood with the Jewish people and always will. My support for them has not wavered and never will,” Goldberg said.
Twitter users reacted strongly to Goldberg’s poorly thought-out remarks with many suggesting that it’s time for ABC to give her the hook on a permanent basis.
So, after supposed ‘apology’ earlier in year, Whoopi Goldberg doubles down on her vile remarks that the Holocaust was not about race, and instead ‘white on white’ violence. Someone get this ignorant fool off the air! @TheView pic.twitter.com/zxDP6PX4Ig
— Arsen Ostrovsky (@Ostrov_A) December 25, 2022
Whoopi Goldberg is at it again with her antisemitic Holocaust comments, but this time during Hanukkah.
— Vic DeGrammont (@votedegrammont) December 28, 2022
Once again Whoopi insists on dismissing the Holocaust as a mere white-on-white crime, rather than the industrial-scale murder of Europe's Jews. #Antisemitism — history's oldest and most toxic hatred — is surging, but Whoopi is determined to trivialize it.https://t.co/Kv9jLTbXI7
— Jeff Jacoby (@Jeff_Jacoby) December 25, 2022
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. pic.twitter.com/wgAHGsBPPU
— Lucy Lipiner (@LucyLipiner) December 25, 2022
If the Producers of ‘The View’ had any sense or dignity; they would fire Whoopi Goldberg. 🧐 https://t.co/jyDhqQSEkA
— Adrian O Cruz (@MagaStallion) December 27, 2022
— Mike Fleiss (@fleissmeister) December 25, 2022
Goldberg’s apparent doubling down on the Holocaust comes after the leader of her political party, President Joe Biden sought to capitalize politically on outrage over a pre-Thanksgiving dinner at Mar-a-Lago when disgraced rapper Kanye West brought along an uninvited guest and notorious anti-Semite, Nick Fuentes, to break bread with former President Donald J. Trump by establishing an interagency task force to combat antisemitism.
Whether she will be further disciplined by ABC remains to be seen but the network has another public relations hot mess on its hands as a result of Goldberg’s inability to see the world through any prism that does not involve race.
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