Whoopi Goldberg apologized after saying ” The Holocaust is not about race but was still suspended from her show for two weeks.
The show host The View, Whoopi Goldberg, sparked controversy on Monday by claiming that “ the Holocaust is not about race“. His comments followed a segment on the show discussing a Tennessee school district’s decision to ban Maus, a Pulitzer Prize-winning graphic novel that chronicles the horrific experiences of a Holocaust survivor.
The same evening, the presenter returned to his statement on Twitter : “ On today’s show, I said that the Holocaust “is not about race, but about the inhumanity of man to man.” I should have said it was both. As Jonathan Greenblatt of the Anti-Defamation League explained, ‘The Holocaust was about the Nazis’ systematic annihilation of the Jewish people, whom they considered an inferior race’. My mistake. »
According to CNN, Goldberg pointed out that the McMinn County School Board had cited the nudity present in Maus, rather than its depiction of the Holocaust, to justify the ban. Co-host Joy Behar mocked this explanation, calling it ” canard to distract you from the fact that they don’t like it when history paints a bad picture of white people“.
” Well, it’s white people doing this to white people, so you’ll fight among yourselves“, replied Goldberg, referring to the Holocaust. The topic then shifted to the issue of the ban on addressing problematic times in US history in schools, particularly when it comes to racism. ” If you want to go that way, then let’s be honest, because the Holocaust is not about race.“, said Goldberg, adding that it was about”inhumanity of man towards man “implying” two white groups“. Her co-hosts contradicted her, Ana Navarro noting that the Holocaust was ” a matter of white supremacy“. It is estimated that 6 million Jews were killed by the Nazis during the Holocaust.
” The Jewish people around the world have always had my support and that will never waver., wrote Whoopi Goldberg on Twitter. I’m sorry for the hurt I caused“.
However, that apology wasn’t enough for ABC News President Kim Godwin, who decided to suspend Whoopi Goldberg from her show for two weeks. ” Although Whoopi apologized, I asked her to take the time to reflect on the impact of her comments. The entire ABC News organization stands in solidarity with our colleagues, friends, families and Jewish communities. »
For their part, Goldberg’s co-hosts protested the suspension of their colleague, according to the Daily Beast. Sources said Sunny Hostin and Joy Behar are furious with the decision, while frequent talk show guest Ana Navarro said, ” I love Whoopi Goldberg. I like The View. It’s an incredibly unfortunate incident. Whoopi is a longtime ally of the Jewish community. She is not anti-Semitic. Period. I’m sad. And I have nothing else to say“.
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