Whoopi Goldberg apologizing.
On Monday, the 66-year-old TV personality spoke to her co-hosts on See about troubling trends around the country where books – including Maus and To Kill a Mockingbird – is being withdrawn from school and banned from children’s to-read lists.
While commenting on Maus – a series of 1980s Holocaust graphics – pulled from the Tennessee school curriculum, Whoopi lamented the way education leaders there claimed it was scrapped because it “contained some nudity and some bad language.”
Disagreeing with the idea that it should be pulled, she said:
“I’m surprised that’s what makes you uncomfortable, the fact that there’s some nudity. I mean, it was about the Holocaust, which killed six million people, but doesn’t that bother you? “
Co-host Joy Behar answered, note (below):
“I’m not sure they don’t use nudity as a sort of nail to get rid of you because they don’t like the history of making white people look bad.”
“Perhaps. This is the white man doing it to the white man. Let’s all fight together.”
As the rest of the hosts discussed the situation, Whoopi later added:
“If you’re going to do this, let’s be honest about it now because the Holocaust is not about race. Is not. It’s not about race. “
Here’s the entire controversial clip:
Hours after the show aired, and amid a massive social media storm regarding her comments that the Holocaust was “not about race”, Sister action the star said how harmful those online claims were and apologized.
Acknowledge the mess by saying “I fixed it” in the sentence Twitter Goldberg shared:
– Whoopi Goldberg (@WhoopiGoldberg) February 1, 2022
The full text of the image reads:
“On today’s show, I said the Holocaust ‘is not about race, it’s about the inhumanity of man to man.’ I should say it is about both. As Jonathan Greenblatt from the Anti-Defamation League shared, ‘The Holocaust was about the systematic extermination of the Jews by the Nazis, whom they considered an inferior race.’ I stand to correct. Jews around the world have always supported me and that will never give up. I apologize for the hurt I have caused. Written with my sincerest apologies, Whoopi Goldberg”
Whoopi’s comments come amid an increase in anti-Semitism attacks in the United States. According to the American Jewish Committee detect, 1 in 4 Jewish Americans will engage in anti-Semitic behavior in 2021 alone.
Executive director of the committee David Harris say in one statement Last October:
“This important report confirms that American Jews care deeply about anti-Semitism in America – and as a result many are restricting their behaviour. That one in four American Jews have been targeted by anti-Semitism in the past year, and that four in ten have taken steps to conceal their Jewishness or reduce their activities, the result will alarm all Americans. Now is the time for American society to stand up and say ‘enough is enough.’ American Jews see anti-Semitism on the far right and the far left, among extremists acting in the name of Islam, and elsewhere across the United States. It’s 2021, and some worrisome Jews in America are afraid to publicly identify as Jewish for fear of being attacked. Where is the outrage? Where is the recognition that anti-Semitism can start with the Jews but end up targeting the fabric and scuffs of any democratic society? “
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