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Whoopi Goldberg Apologizes for Controversial Comments on Jews, Race, and Holocaust

December 28, 2022 | By KaliGirl

Whoopi Goldberg has issued an apology following backlash over her recent comments about Jewish people, reports Complex. In an interview with The Sunday Times of London, Goldberg suggested that Jews are not a race, prompting the Anti-Defamation League (ADL) to speak out against her “deeply offensive” remarks. ADL CEO Jonathan Greenblatt called Goldberg’s comments “incredibly disappointing,” stating that they can have real consequences at a time when antisemitic incidents are on the rise in the United States. Goldberg has since issued a statement apologizing for her comments to Variety.

“Recently while doing press in London, I was asked about my comments from earlier this year,” she said. “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.”

In February, Goldberg sparked controversy when she suggested on “The View” that the Holocaust was not racially motivated. These comments resulted in Goldberg being suspended from the show for two weeks. The discussion on the show centered around a decision by a Tennessee school district to ban Art Spiegelman’s graphic novel “Maus,” which deals with the Holocaust. Goldberg stated, “The Holocaust isn’t about race. It’s not about race.” These remarks were met with backlash and prompted her suspension.

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