Whoopi Goldberg forced to apologize — again — for repeating Holocaust slur
A rep for the 67-year-old provided a statement to The Post on Tuesday, just days after a recent interview in which she reiterated the same Holocaust slur that got her suspended from “The View” last February.
“My best friend said, ‘Not for nothing is there no box on the census for the Jewish race. So that leads me to believe that we’re probably not a race,’” Goldberg had told the Sunday Times of London.
In her new statement, she attempted to clarify that she was simply referencing her past hurtful remarks, not “doubling down” on them.
“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,” Goldberg began. “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,” she ended.
Goldberg took part in the Sunday Times interview to promote her upcoming movie “Till,” in which she plays Alma Carthan, the mother of civil rights activist Mamie Till-Mobley, whose 14-year-old son, Emmett Till, was tortured and lynched in 1955. While on the topic of race, Goldberg suggested there is a debate about whether Jews are a race or a religious group when the interviewer reminded her that “Nazis saw Jews as a race.”
“Yes, but that’s the killer, isn’t it?” Goldberg responded. “The oppressor is telling you what you are. Why are you believing them? They’re Nazis. Why believe what they’re saying?
“It wasn’t originally [about race]. Remember who they were killing first,” she continued. “They were not killing racial; they were killing physical. They were killing people they considered to be mentally defective. And then they made this decision.”
Goldberg made similar comments at the beginning of the year on an episode of “The View” and then repeated them that night on “The Late Show with Stephen Colbert.”
“While Whoopi has apologized, I’ve asked her to take time to reflect and learn about the impact of her comments,” ABC News President Kim Godwin tweeted at the time.
Goldberg walked back her statements on Twitter that night after they received widespread outrage and even caught the attention of the Anti-Defamation League.
“As Jonathan Greenblatt from the Anti-Defamation League shared, ‘The Holocaust was about the Nazi’s systematic annihilation of the Jewish people — who they deemed to be an inferior race.’ I stand corrected,” she wrote.