Whoopi Goldberg has found herself in big trouble at The View over comments she made about the Holocaust. One person definitely not coming to her aid is former View co-host, Meghan McCain.
Goldberg, 66, has now been suspended by ABC for two weeks after claiming on The View on Monday the Holocaust was “not about race” and involved “two groups of white people”. The panelists were discussing a Tennessee school board removed a graphic novel on the Holocaust from its curriculum.
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Goldberg said the Holocaust was about man’s “inhumanity”, and, “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.”
Goldberg was swiftly condemned and issued an apology via Twitter, saying, “On today’s show, I said the Holocaust ‘is not about race, but about man’s inhumanity to man’. I should have said it is about both.
“The Jewish people around the world have always had my support and that will never waiver. I’m sorry for the hurt I have caused.”
However, appearing on The Late Show with Stephen Colbert on Monday night, and in attempting to clarify her remarks, Goldberg said the Nazis had lied and actually had issues with ethnicity not race. This prompted further condemnation and an on-air apology on The View on Tuesday.
“Yesterday on the show I misspoke. [The Holocaust] is indeed about race, because Hitler and the Nazis considered the Jews to be an inferior race,” said Goldberg.
“Now, words matter, and mine are no exception. I regret my comments and I stand corrected. I also stand with the Jewish people.”
Despite this, Goldberg has now been suspended for two weeks. ABC News president Kim Godwin wrote in a memo to staff last night, which was leaked the Hollywood Reporter: “Effective immediately, I am suspending Whoopi Goldberg for two weeks for her wrong and hurtful comments.
“While Whoopi has apologized, I’ve asked her to take time to reflect and learn about the impact of her comments.”
Goldberg has been on The View since 2007. McCain, daughter of late Senator John McCain, was one of the show’s right-wing voices and appeared from 2017 to 2021. She frequently clashed with her fellow panelists. McCain was quick to take to Twitter to say she was “heartbroken” by Goldberg’s original comments.
I hate commenting on my old employer because I have moved in every way a person can move on.
That being said I am an activist against antisemitism and it is a big part of my life.
The growing threat is real and virulent and everywhere. I am heartbroken about what was said.
— Meghan McCain (@MeghanMcCain) February 1, 2022
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McCain followed this up in her regular column in the Daily Mail last night. She began by saying she’s not watched a single episode of The View since she left six months ago, again saying, “I’ve moved on.”
“The show doesn’t define me like it has so many other people who have worked there over the years.”
However, she couldn’t help but feel a “twinge of disappointment” to read about it going viral this week.
“It’s not that I expect compelling or nuanced political discussions from daytime television, but it’s sad to see the recent litany of embarrassing moments from a show I invested so much time and effort in trying to elevate to a more serious level.”
She said she felt moved to speak out, “When my old co-host Whoopi Goldberg engaged in a series of bizarre, incoherent, and even dangerous comments about the Holocaust … Unfortunately, what Whoopi said … was too serious to avoid addressing it.”
McCain goes on to talk about the rise of antisemitism and how it’s often underreported or overlooked in the media.
She went on to argue there’s a double standard at play when it comes to ‘cancel culture’, and that Goldberg would escape long-term consequences.
“I am not calling for Whoopi Goldberg to be fired, if only because I don’t believe there is any universe where she could possibly do anything that could get her fired – she is the crown jewel of The View and a pop culture icon.
“But I hope this can be used as a teachable moment to explain to millions of Americans why conflating the Holocaust as something that is specific and limited to ‘white people’ is insane, ahistorical and anti-Semitic.”
She went on to say, “ABC and The View at large need to take a hard look at why some hosts — and let me be completely candid here – why some liberal hosts are held to an entirely different standard than anyone else.”
She concluded, “American viewers deserve a better class of debate, especially on a topic of such importance to understanding the capacity of evil in the world.”
Goldberg has not issued any statement following the news of her suspension.
Let’s ask Piers Morgan and Sharon Osbourne their thoughts on this.
Whoopi has been a champion of the cancel culture. Now, she’s being cancelled. Karma.
@James Heart. Whoopi doesn’t always believe in cancel culture. She’s defended Howard Stern, Ted Danson, and Mel Gibson.
Let’s ask Fox why they didn’t fire Tucker or Laura or Sean for their participation during the insurrection. Why weren’t they suspended? Laura was placed on a “ pre arranged vacation” years ago when she should’ve been fired, and yet the self appointed princess of Arizona won’t comment on any of that.
Proof that everything that comes out of her mouth is nonsense. She, and all the women on that show are big mouth banshees.
It’s cute, you forgot to be on your other screename when you came in and obsessed about the View.
As for the article, I think the real story is that Meghan McCain said far worse, more racist stuff and was never suspended. Once again proving that Media is conservative.
Can someone please get Cam a megaphone, I don’t think the people in the back can hear the arrogance of someone who KNOWS that they are smarter than everyone else.
Thank you Cam. Without you, we’d not be able to form a valid opinion AND we would not know who to hate and insult. You should start a religion with the pitchfork as your image.
Yet you didn’t mention SamB’s sexism. The one thing that is real, you ignore. Seems you support misogyny.
It’s funny that you think anyone’s buying that SamB and Ronbo isn’t one in the same troll.
@SamB/Ronbo. You’re embarrassing yourself (singular).
Bravo or brava for saying what you feel on this VERY liberal platform. I applaud you. Whoopi’s is SOOOO repugnant and most things out of her mouth are pure garbage!! I watch the first segment of the view because it keeps me more regular than coffee!!
NOBODY believes you are three different people.
Wow, you brought in THREE of your screenames to try to defend Meghan McCain and still got called out.
Your troll came is just embarrassing at this point.
Meghan McCain is a worthless annoying Kunt.
And you sound like a nasty queen!!
I SECOND that! Only a “nasty queen” would defend a c*nt like that.
Interesting, so Meghan makes racist anti-Asian comments, funds her husband’s rabidly anti-LGBTQ website, and NEVER gets suspended.
Whoopie apologizes for a stupid comment and gets suspended, and again, Meghan never did. Media executives favor right wing nuts apparently.
What a crock of S-it!!
Awwww, one of the right wing troll screenames couldn’t dispute my point so tantrums. LOL
@ttm9 yeah, it is a crock of sh!t that the American right gets away with everything.
she claims she was “heart broken” but i’ll bet she just cackled with glee hearing that whoopi got in trouble.
How does everyone feel that Whoopi was censured and cancelled for stating that racism wasn’t involved in the Holocaust? According to ABC, I’m now mixed-race and boy is it eye-opening.
I’m now a gay, bi, cis, trans, mixed-race minority! That’s a big win for my jewish grandmother who always claimed that I was a good boy. What a hateful idiot she was for thinking that a gay, bi, cis, trans, mixed-race individual was just a boy.
Feeling like a good cry now before I settle down to write a letter to all my relatives to cancel grandma.
Identity politics has twisted me into a snowflake. Sorry.
IT’s cute you switched over to this screename to again try to deflect from the fact that Meghan McCain was never suspended for all of her racist statements and instead do your little rant about “wokeness” again.
Your trolling is sad and weak.
Whoopis’s comments showed an ignorance of how racial theories from the 19th century fueled the Nazi killing machinery. There are many ignorant thoughts expressed in the unscripted portions of these shows. At Fox they just have fun with racist, hurtful utterances that are made in ignorance; at least ABC is taking it seriously. Whoopie has apologized and even at her advanced age I think she should take a little time to study about how the construct of race has been (and is) used by fascists and demagogues. Thoughts lead to actions; the Holocaust had its roots in age-old antisemitism with the accelerant of turn-of-the century racism, fascism, and demagoguery.
As for Meghan, no surprise that she would seek to take advantage of the situation; but she really can’t easily distract from what she herself has been saying the promotes hate and betrays her own ignorance.
Actual history and reasoning.
Make it a long cancellation letter Ron. That’s I’ll keep your drivel off of here.
When I think of Meghan McCain the first thing that comes to mind is what an activist she is against antisemitism and what a big part of her life that is. LOL.
Well, that and her daddy is John McCain.
“They do t define me, even though o wrote a book about them, consistently talk about them, and next to mentioning who my dad is, that’s the biggest talking point I have…” oh well… at least she believes in the Holocaust. That’s SOMETHING for republicans, these days.
Whoopi was wrong. Admitted she was wrong. Did not intend harm or insult in her comments. She’s clearly not anti-Semitic. Should have been left at that. The need to grovel for forgiveness and the suspension are too much. Megan’s comment is fine, if a bit melodramatic. So what?
I agree with the forced groveling they are putting her through but I suppose it boils down to the fact that if they don’t do it, cancel culture will strike. Cancel culture has truly made the world worse.
she and her husband have become the sean duffy and rachel campos duffy of dailymail.
“Old co-host” Don’t you mean ‘former’ co-host. You ageist pig. 🙂
Hope this ultra liberal loudmouthed bag of putrid gas takes a big financial hit as apologies are just words. BTW: who in their right mind still watches this waste of an hour of precious time that is gone forever and can’t be recouped as well as intelligence called the ‘view’? And God help any guests who’s views differ from these so called ‘hosts’ they can expect to be trashed, disrespected, treated rudely and insulted for their appearing on this freak show known as the view, kind of like Alan Dershowitz the law professor who was a guest some time ago who was told rule of law on some issue by these so called ‘legal experts’, and the BS called the view still goes on after 28 years on ABC for some reason known only to God. Isn’t it time to cancel this total waste of time and intelligence called the view?
Well, you do seem to be the expert on being rude.
At a time when non liberals are trying to destroy LGBTQ families and civil rights, it’s cute that the same old troll thinks using Liberal as an insult will get it any traction on here.
I see all of SamB screen names are on here spewing their right wing stupidity.
Goldberg’s comments were factually incorrect, not malicious. She was not coming from a place of bigotry. I mean her last name is GOLDBERG, clearly she does not have a problem with anti-semitism.
She was being pedantic to the max about the meaning of the word race but there’s such a thing as lingual drift and changing word usage. For years now the word racism has become acceptable when being applied towards offenses against ethnicities and nationalities as well as the three scientific races.
I’d like WG for a friend but I’d never be friendly with someone like MM regardless of politics.
It wasn’t just Jews. It was homosexuals too so she got it right.
The problem is she wasn’t wrong.
The nazi use the idea of “race” to feel superior above any other ethnic group. We are all part of the Human race, what we have is different ethnic groups divided by regions, religions, etc. At the end of the day if you trace all our DNA we can all be traced to the mitochondrial Eve and Y-chromosomal Adam. They took the comment out of context. The Nazis did an ethnic genocide killing Jews, Romani, Disabled Germans, Gay Germans, Black Germans anything that didn’t fit their ideal.
They all forget Judaism is an Ethno-religion meaning there are some DNA Traces for those descendant from Middle eastern Jews, but you also have the the Ashkenazi or Eastern Europeans that a vast majority descent from converts to the religion, you have the Ethiopian Jews, the Kaifeng Jews, the Yemeni Jews all type of ethnic groups that follow the religion not to mention those who willingly go through the conversion process.
It is really hypocritical say Jews are a race because we are falling in the same steps the nazi did.
My mother’s parents were an Ashkenazi Jew that survived the concentration camps and always thought me this and a Sephardic Jew that was expelled of her country for being Jewish and they were kind hearted people and always said we are all humans that’s our race what is different is our traditions.
Actually, I’ve just read that Ashkenazy Jews also share 60% DNA with Middle Easterners.
Still, it is bizarre seeing her being slammed for saying that Jews were white. I can’t imagine Steven Spielberg, Barbara Walters or many of the other Jews she’s worked with would disagree.
In fact, I’d bet if any non-Jew started talking about a “Jewish Race,” they’d be called out as a Nazi eugenicist.
This is confusing. The European Jews that were murdered by the Germans and other Europeans were Caucasians, just like their murderers. So, Whoopi was correct. So, why the big “outrage” spectacle?
Just because the Nazis called the Jews a different race doesn’t make it so.
So, because the Nazis believed we’re all different races, that means we have to believe it too?
The Nazis killed everyone who opposed them, didn’t matter what colour you were. Jews, socialists, freemasons, Germans, Polish, Dutch, French, Belgians, Spaniards, the disabled, no one was safe.
So in America, “free speech” protects medical misinformation, but not opinions. Y’all need to do something about your education system.
Thanks, Meghan, always ready to kick someone when they’re down.