Whoopi Goldberg apologizes for repeating ‘offensive’ Holocaust comments

Whoopi Goldberg has apologized for her controversial comments about the Holocaust not being about race, for the second time.

Goldberg was suspended by ABC earlier this year after suggesting the Holocaust “wasn’t about race” on the US talk show The view.

In a new interview published on 24 December, Goldberg appeared to reiterate his previously controversial view that the Holocaust “wasn’t originally about race”. Her statements drew immediate backlash from Jewish leaders who condemned Ghost the actor’s comments.

“My best friend said, ‘Not for nothing is there no box on the census for the Jewish race. So that makes me think we’re probably not a race,'” Goldberg said.

“Nazis saw Jews as a race,” Sunday Times reporter told Goldberg in the interview, to which she replied, “Yeah, but it’s the killer, right? The oppressor tells you what you are. Why do you believe them? They’re Nazis. Why believe what they say?”

In a new statement sent to Rolling stoneGoldberg said she was simply trying to “retell” what she had said in February The view.

“It was never my intention to appear as if I doubled down on hurtful comments, especially after speaking with and hearing people like rabbis and old and new friends weigh in,” Goldberg said in the statement.

“I’m still learning a lot and believe me, I heard everything everyone told me. I believe the Holocaust was about race, and I’m still as sorry now as I was then that I upset, hurt and angered people.”

Whoopi Goldberg has apologized for repeating controversial comments about the Holocaust

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Goldberg added: “My sincere apologies again, especially to anyone who thought this was a recap of the topic. I promise it was not. In this time of rising anti-Semitism, I want to be very clear when I say that I have always stood with the Jewish people and always will. My support for them has not wavered and never will.”

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After the new interview was published, the star’s comments were condemned by community leaders again.

In a statement on Twitter, Holocaust survivor Lucy Lipiner criticized Goldberg, whom she referred to as a “comedy has been”.

Lipins so: “We told her that her comments hurt us and that she simply doesn’t care. I survived the Nazis and the Holocaust, so I’ll be damned if I let a comedy that sold a fake Jewish name get the better of me.”

In another chirpingthe Auschwitz memorial shared a screenshot of a 1919 letter from Adolf Hitler, in which he specifically wrote: “Jews are definitely a race” and described Jews as an “alien race”.

“Stop Claiming The Holocaust Wasn’t About Race,” commented David Harris, the former executive director of the American Jewish Council, shares the Auschwitz Memorial’s tweet. “It was about race. Please take action and move on.”

Goldberg was suspended by ABC earlier after “wrong” and “hurtful” comments.

Appears on The view in In January, Goldberg said: “Let’s be honest about it because the Holocaust is not about race. No. It’s not about race!”

“But you’re missing the point! You’re missing the point, she said. “The minute you turn it into race, it goes down this alley. Let’s talk about it for what it is. It’s how people treat each other. That’s the problem.”

She had doubled down on her comments in an appearance on The Late Show with Stephen Colbert same day.

“I thought it was a salient discussion because as a black person, I think of race as something that I can see. People were very angry and they said ‘no no, we are a race — and I understand that,'” she told Colbert.

Goldberg issued an apology in February after a backlash from survivors and other groups.

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