After being suspended from The View, Whoopi Goldberg (the star of 1992’s “Sister Act”) has had to apologize once again for making remarks about the Holocaust.
Her original suspension surrounded comments regarding her belief that Jews are not a race. Therefore the Holocaust was not centered around race. These comments eventually led to her suspension from the The View in February.
While promoting her new movie “Till,” Goldberg revisited the controversy by telling a reporter in London, “My best friend said, ‘Not for nothing is there a box on the census for the Jewish race. So that leads me to believe that we’re probably not a race.'”
Janice Turner, the interviewer, described how it is commonly known that Nazi’s considered Jews a race.
Goldberg replied, “the oppressor is telling you what you are. Why are you believing them? They’re Nazis. Why believe what they’re saying?”
She went on to say, “It doesn’t change the fact that you could not tell a Jew on a street. You could find me. You couldn’t find them. That was the point I was making. But you would have thought that I’d taken a big old stink dump on the table, butt naked.”
On Tuesday, a representative of Goldberg released a statement describing how it was not intentional for her to offend anyone of the Jewish community. “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.”
Goldberg went on to claim, “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.”