Nearly one year ago, Whoopi Goldberg made some shocking and unacceptable comments while working on her ABC show, The View. While taping a segment last February, Goldberg claimed that the Holocaust — an event during World War II in which more than 6 million Jewish people were killed — was “not about race”, instead saying it was about “man’s inhumanity to man.” The comments quickly, and rightfully, received a lot of backlash, leading to Goldberg being suspended from the show for two weeks.
Goldberg has been back on the popular morning show for quite a while, but the comments follow her. Recently, Goldberg sat down with a British newspaper to talk about her new film, Till. During the interview, Goldberg was asked about her comments on the Holocaust, and she appeared to double down. She said that, at first, the Nazis were killing those they found “mentally defective”. Then, they moved on to Jewish people.
Audiences were once again angered at Goldberg doubling down on her original comments. Shortly after the new interview went viral, Goldberg released another apology, apologizing a second time, saying that she was merely clarifying the comments she first made. The apology read:
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. 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.
During her first apology, Goldberg said that she was merely saying that a Jewish person can pass as a white person. However, a black person cannot pass for another race.
Goldberg’s most recent Holocaust comments have been condemned by a number of notable figures and organizations, including the Anti-Defamation League. Neither ABC nor Goldberg’s View cohosts have commented on her most recent blunder.