After stating that the Holocaust, in which an estimated six million Jews were murdered by the Nazi party, was “not about race,” Whoopi Goldberg has received some fierce criticism.
On Monday’s episode of The View, Whoopi and the other co-hosts discussed how Pulitzer Prize-winning graphic novel Maus was banned in a Tennessee school district. The banning resulted in the book becoming more popular recently.
“It’s not about race,” Goldberg said, before claiming that it’s about “man’s inhumanity to man.”
“But it’s about a White supremacist going after Jews and Gypsies,” cohost Ana Navarro said.
“But these are two White groups of people,” Goldberg responded.
The co-hosts attempted to clarify that the Nazis did not consider Jewish people white.
“You’re missing the point,” Goldberg said. “The minute you turn it into race, it goes down this alley. Let’s talk about it for what it is. It’s how people treat each other. It’s a problem. It doesn’t matter if you’re Black, or White, cause Black, White, Jews, Italians, everybody eats each other.”
The tweets drew a lot of criticism, and Goldberg was soon trending on Twitter.
Jon Levine, a writer for the New York Post, said that Goldberg tried to “All Lives Matter” the Holocaust. Check out the exchange below.
Whoopi Goldberg attempts to “All Lives Matter” … the Holocaust https://t.co/4Uf4BPh9wl
— Jon Levine (@LevineJonathan) January 31, 2022
Anti-Semitism groups also chimed in on her comments.
Newsflash @WhoopiGoldberg 6 million of us were gassed, starved and massacred because we were deemed an inferior race by the Nazis.
How dare you minimize our trauma and suffering! pic.twitter.com/nD8drxWpxJ
— StopAntisemitism.org (@StopAntisemites) January 31, 2022
The official Auschwitz Memorial website has a history lesson as well as a chart about how the Nazis divided people into races.
— Auschwitz Memorial (@AuschwitzMuseum) January 31, 2022
Journalist Eve Barlow said Goldberg was “Perfectly capturing the absolute ignorance of the non-Jewish world, encouraged by mainstream media, when it comes to understanding the Holocaust. Scary. Whoopi, open a goddamn book.”
Piers Morgan, who’s no stranger to public snafus, also took the opportunity to call out Goldberg.
“WTF? This is insane. The extermination of 6 million Jews wasn’t about race??? Will any rock stars or renegade royals now boycott Whoopi Goldberg and/or ABC for this dangerous misinformation?”
During the segment, Gossip blogger Perez Hilton noticed that Goldberg’s co-hosts were attempting to assist her.
“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!”
Others posts to remind Goldberg how things went down during the Holocaust were posted to Twitter too.
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