Furious viewers are demanding ABC’s dismissal of Whoop Golberg after The View host repeated her view that the Holocaust “wasn’t about race” in an interview.
Goldberg, whose real name is Caryn Johnson, sparked furor earlier this year when she claimed on air that the Holocaust was not about “race”.
She apologized after an angry reaction and ABC suspended her for two weeks, but stopped firing her – a move that infuriated network staffers.
This week she doubled down on her comments in an interview with The Times of London, saying: ‘They were killing people they considered mentally deficient.’ And then they made that decision.
Lucy Lipiner, 89, Holocaust survivor and author, said Whoopi ‘continues to use the Holocaust as a punching bag’
Backlash: Many Jewish authors, journalists and activists call for Goldberg to be taken off the air, say her remarks are ‘proof’ she learned ‘nothing’
She also claimed that she was “cancelled” unfairly, despite still having her high-paying job.
Now many of those who criticized her in February at the time of the original offense are calling for her to be fired or resign.
The Times of Israel called her remarks “inflammatory,” while Holocaust survivors and Jewish journalists said she “learned nothing.”
“Whoopi Goldberg continues to use the Holocaust as a punching bag. We told her that her comments hurt us and she just didn’t care.
Goldberg sparked outrage when he claimed on The View in February that the Holocaust was “not about race” because it involved “two groups of white people.” In a new interview, she repeated her claims
In 2017, Whoopi launched a line of “ugly holiday sweaters”. Some featured a black Santa Claus, others a mixed-race couple kissing under the mistletoe. This one depicted an octopus as a menorah
Whoopi Goldberg’s 1993 ‘Jewish American Princess Fried Chicken’ recipe that the ADL called ‘insulting’ and ‘anti-Semitic’
“I survived the Nazis and the Holocaust, so I’ll be damned if I let a has-been comedy, peddling a fake Jewish name get the better of me,” Holocaust survivor and author Lucy Lipiner tweeted. 89 years old.
Lipiner’s book, Long Journey Home, recounts how she fled Nazi Germany with her parents as a child.
“So Whoopi Goldberg’s *apology* and The View’s two-week suspension didn’t really mean much, did it?
“I’m starting to think that Holocaust education isn’t enough to change the anti-Semitic views that are deeply ingrained in many celebrities with big platforms,” said Joel Petlin.
Eve Barlow, a Jewish journalist who was among those who spoke out against Whoopi in February, also pointed to her false claim that it had been canceled.
“Can someone tell Whoopi Goldberg that you can’t be overruled for anti-Semitism and still have a mainstream media platform?”
“Sincerely – a Jew who has been canceled.”
Human rights lawyer Arsen Ostrovsky tweeted: “So after a supposed ‘apology’ earlier this year, Whoopi Goldberg is doubling down on her despicable remarks that the Holocaust was not about race, but rather ‘white on white’ violence.”
“Someone stop this ignorant fool!”
Child survivors in Auschwitz-Birkenau concentration camp after liberation, 1945. Godlberg said it was not an act of racism as it involved two white groups
Ari Ingel, who runs Creative Community for Peace, a nonprofit created to combat anti-Semitism in the film industry, said anti-Semitism was “deeply rooted” in Goldberg.
The TV host’s comments aired in January were not her only direct remarks about Judaism and the Jewish community.
She has recounted in the past changing her name from Johnson to Goldberg, deliberately choosing a Jewish name because it belonged to “a Jewish ancestor.”
In 1993, she submitted a recipe for “Jewish American Princess Chicken” to a celebrity cookbook that poked fun at the stereotype of a spoiled, wealthy young Jewish woman.
She has also designed a line of Menorah-themed Hanukah sweaters for stores.
Goldberg, in her interview with The Times, claimed she was “cancelled” for remarks she still doesn’t believe were offensive.
When the interviewer reminded her that Jews, certainly in Nazi eyes, are a race, she said, “Yeah, but that’s the killer, isn’t it?”
“The oppressor tells you what you are. Why do you believe them? They are Nazis. Why believe what they say?
‘Remember who they killed first. They weren’t killing racially; they killed physically. They were killing people they considered mentally deficient. And then they made that decision.
His argument rests on his comparison of Jews to blacks.
“It doesn’t change the fact that you couldn’t tell a Jew on the street. You could find me. You couldn’t find them. That was the point I wanted to make,” she said.
Although she still didn’t see anything wrong with what she said, “you’d have thought I took a big old stinky dump off the table with my buttocks bare,” she said.
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