Whoopi Goldberg has apologized after angering viewers Monday on The View when she said “the Holocaust isn’t about race.”
Goldberg made the controversial comment while discussing the recent banning of nonfiction comic book “Maus” in schools.
Her fellow co-hosts said the book is important for children, and helps them understand the Holocaust as well as learn about racism, but Goldberg disagreed.
“If you’re going to do this, let’s be truthful about it. Because the Holocaust isn’t about race,” Goldberg said. “It’s not about race.”
“It’s about man’s inhumanity to man,” the actress and View moderator continued. “That’s what it’s about.”
“But it’s about a white supremacist,” contributor Ana Navarro countered. “It’s about Jews and Gypsies.”
“But these are two White groups of people,” Goldberg stated. Viewers took to social media to comment on her remarks.
I love Whoopi Goldberg, but this take of hers on the Nazis and the Holocaust is… not it. Her The View cohosts were trying to guide her out of this hole. She just dug in even deeper! ???? pic.twitter.com/YKv1cSHdrS
— Perez (@ThePerezHilton) January 31, 2022
Celebrity gossip blogger Perez Hilton tweeted: “I love Whoopi Goldberg, but this take of hers on the Nazis and the Holocaust is… not it. Her The View cohosts were trying to guide her out of this hole. She just dug in even deeper!”
Non-profit conservative news media watchdog founder @adamguillette tweeted: “According to Whoopi, my fellow Jews should have asked the Nazis to kindly leave us alone since we are ‘white people.’ What absolute garbage. Especially in a time where we are seeing an increase in anti-Semitic crimes.”
Jewish Insider managing editor @melissaeweiss tweeted: “This clip of Whoopi Goldberg saying that the Holocaust was not about race is a great reminder that there have only been two Jewish co-hosts in the 25-year history of @TheView, and none since 2016.”
As the controversy grew, Goldberg issued an apology Monday night on social media.
“The Jewish people around the world have always had my support and that will never waiver,” she tweeted. “I’m sorry for the hurt that I have caused.”
— Whoopi Goldberg (@WhoopiGoldberg) February 1, 2022