Whoopi Goldberg says she’ll always support Jewish community in apology
Whoopi Goldberg has apologised after making a comment about the Holocaust and said Jewish people have “always had my support and that will never waiver”.
The actress, who said the Holocaust was not “about race” has taken to social media to issue an apology.
In a statement, Goldberg said “Jewish people around the world” would always have her support before apologising for any hurt caused.
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Whoopi Goldberg makes Holocaust comment
Sister Act star Whoopi Goldberg faced backlash this week following a comment about the Holocaust.
During Monday’s episode of ABC daytime talk show The View, Goldberg said: “If you’re going to do this, then let’s be truthful about it. Because the Holocaust isn’t about race. No, it’s not about race.”
The Holocaust involved the murder of six million Jews and other victims by the Nazis and Whoopi Goldberg went on to say: “It’s not about race – it’s not. It’s about man’s inhumanity to man.”
The actress was slammed by viewers of the show, with many calling her comments “dangerous”, prompting Goldberg to issue an apology:
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Actress issues apology statement
The 66-year-old penned a statement for social media reading: “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.”
Goldberg went on to quote Anti-Defamation League chief executive Jonathan Greenblatt, who wrote the Holocaust was about “the Nazi’s systematic annihilation of the Jewish people – who they deemed to be an inferior race”.
The Hollywood star assured Jewish people around the world they would always have her support.
Star was discussing Maus
Whoopi Goldberg made her initial comments during a discussion about a Tennessee school board’s decision to ban Maus, a novel about the Holocaust.
Written by Art Spiegelman, the novel tells the story of his Jewish parents living in 1940s Poland.