Whoopi Goldberg slammed for repeating 'incendiary' Holocaust comments: 'She learned nothing'

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Jewish activists and community members demanded that Whoopi Goldberg face firing from “The View” over the weekend after she doubled down on past comments about the Holocaust, prompting fierce protests on social media.

Ten months after being suspended from ABC’s daytime talk show for insisting that the Holocaust “wasn’t about race,” Goldberg, in a new interview with Britain’s The Sunday Times, showed little remorse for her past rhetoric, again arguing that the esteemed 6 million Jews who were systematically killed in the Holocaust were not targeted on the basis of their race.

The co-host of “The View” also claimed that the Nazis targeted people of African descent in addition to Jews because they were physically different and went so far as to suggest that Jews had an easier time mixing with whites and hiding from the Nazis than What Blacks did at the time of the Holocaust.


“The View” co-host Whoopi Goldberg doubled down on her belief that the Holocaust “wasn’t about race”.

“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. “But you would have thought I’d made a big ol’ smelly mess on the table, naked.”

The Times of Israel called Goldberg’s comments “incendiary” in an article on Sunday, pointing out that while her real name is Caryn Elaine Johnson, the talk show co-host is of no Jewish ancestry and has adopted a more “Jewish” stage name. “.

Goldberg’s comments about the Holocaust in February, which led to her two-week suspension from the network and a subsequent apology, surprised many in the Jewish community. At the time, religious leaders, activists and online critics encouraged her to educate herself on the issue, but were largely supportive of her return to the show.


Now, with the lack of remorse evident in his latest interview, some are calling for his termination because of his history of historically ignorant statements.

“So, after a supposed ‘apology’ earlier this year, Whoopi Goldberg doubles down on her vile remarks that the Holocaust wasn’t about race, but ‘white on white’ violence. Somebody get this ignorant fool off the air!” , International Legal Forum CEO Arsen Ostrovsky wrote.

“Once again, Whoopi insists on dismissing the Holocaust as a mere white-on-white crime rather than the industrial-scale murder of Europe’s Jews. #Anti-Semitism – history’s oldest and most toxic hatred – is on the rise, but Whoopi is determined to trivialize it,” replied Boston Globe columnist Jeff Jacoby.

Lucy Lipiner, a Holocaust survivor and author of “Long Journey Home: A Young Girl’s Memoir of Surviving the Holocaust”, chided Goldberg for continually using the genocidal horrors she witnessed as a “punching bag”.

“Whoopi Goldberg continues to use the Holocaust as her punching bag. We’ve told her her comments hurt us and she just doesn’t care,” said Lipiner, who was outspoken against Goldberg’s earlier Holocaust rhetoric.

“I survived the Nazis and the Holocaust,” she added, “so I’ll be damned if I let a past comedy peddling a fake Jewish name get the better of me.”

Newsweek contributor Joel Petlin responded: “Accepting apologies from some people who spew anti-Semitic rubbish is the triumph of hope over experience. We know that anti-Semitism is likely to occur again, but we still hope they learned something from the experience. along the way. Unfortunately, Whoopi just found out she could get away with it. Again.”

“I wish actors would stick to acting and football players stick to football. Every time people like Whoopi Goldberg or Gary Lineker open their mouths about things they don’t understand, they get smaller and smaller…” investigative journalist David Collier.

Rep. Ritchie Torres, DN.Y. also called the co-host “View”.

“Anti-Semitism is anti-Jewish racism. Period. Claiming that the Holocaust had nothing to do with racism is historical revisionism at its worst,” he wrote.

In her writing of the interview, Janice Turner of the Times revealed that, “Even now [Goldberg] does not understand why your comments offended. She insists that Jews themselves are divided over whether they are a race or a religion.”

The interview comes less than a year after Goldberg issued a watered-down apology for the same comment, after making people “very angry”. She somewhat defended her comments at the time, though, saying that as a black woman she saw race as something she could see.


Whoopi Goldberg attends the premiere of

Whoopi Goldberg attends the premiere of “Till” during the 60th New York Film Festival at Alice Tully Hall, Lincoln Center on Oct 1, 2022 in New York City.
(Photo by Jamie McCarthy/Getty Images for FLC)

Responding to Goldberg in an interview with Fox News Digital earlier this year, Lipiner said of her position: “She was wrong. This was very much against my race, my Judaism. It wasn’t white against white, as she says. We were White , but we were being exterminated because we were Jews. Men, women, children, babies, killed because we were Jews.”

“I suppose she’s a smart person,” Lipiner added. 🇧🇷[But] I don’t understand how she can ignore the Holocaust so much, how it happened and how it happened to us, the Jewish people.”

Fox News Digital has reached out to an ABC spokesperson for comment and will update if it receives a response.

Gabriel Hays of Fox News contributed to this report.