Whoopi Goldberg Breaks Silence on Latest Holocaust Comments

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Whoopi Goldberg’s comments about the Holocaust have landed her in hot water for the second time this year. But the “Till” actor said he meant no harm.

Months after Goldberg claimed on “The View” that the Holocaust “wasn’t about race,” the actress spoke to British newspaper The Times about her controversial comments in an interview published over the weekend.

“My best friend said, ‘No wonder there is no box in the census for the Jewish race. That leads me to believe we’re probably not a race,'” Goldberg told the news agency.

When reporter Janice Turner told Goldberg that the Nazis “viewed the Jews as a race,” the actor responded, “The oppressor is telling you what you are. Why are you believing them?

“They are Nazis,” she continued. “Why believe what they are saying?”

In addition to reiterating that the Holocaust “wasn’t originally” about race, the actor also claimed that it was easier for the Nazis to identify black people for their physical differences “because you couldn’t tell a Jew on the street.”

“That was the point I was making,” she said. “But you would have thought I’d made a big ol’ smelly mess on the table, naked.”

While Goldberg was trying to clarify his January comments, some critics saw it as doubling down on his claims. Among those who criticized the “Law of the Sisters” star was the chief executive of the Anti-Defamation League, Jonathan Greenblatt.

“Yet again, #Whoopi Goldbergcomments about the Holocaust and race are deeply offensive and incredibly ignorant.” he tweeted Tuesday morning.

his twitter continued topic: “Whoopi’s comments show a complete lack of awareness of the multiethnic and multiracial makeup of the Jewish community. She needs to apologize immediately and really commit to educating herself about the true nature of #antisemitism.”

After multiple media outlets reported the backlash surrounding Goldberg’s Times interview, the actor tried to clear the air, again, on Tuesday night.

“I tried to convey to the reporter what I said and why, and I tried to retell that moment,” she said in a statement shared with the Los Angeles Times on Tuesday. “It was never my intention to seem like I was doubling down on hurtful comments, especially after talking to and hearing people like rabbis and friends old and new weigh in.”

Goldberg, who says he’s “still learning a lot”, noted that he believes “the Holocaust was about race, and I’m still as sorry now as then”.

In January, ABC News suspended Goldberg for his remarks about the Holocaust. She was away as co-host of “The View” for two weeks.

“While Whoopi apologized, I asked her to reflect and learn about the impact of her comments,” ABC News President Kim Godwin said in a February staff memo. “The entire ABC News organization stands in solidarity with our Jewish colleagues, friends, family and communities.”

Hours after his suspension, Goldberg appeared on “The Late Show With Stephen Colbert” and told the host that “it was never, ever, never my intention” to hurt people.

“I thought we were arguing. I feel like being black, when we talk about race, it’s a very different thing for me,” she told Colbert. “Then I said that I felt the Holocaust was not about race. And people were very, very, very angry – and they are still angry.”

Goldberg concluded his Tuesday statement by expressing support for the Jewish community amid growing anti-Semitic attacks.

“I want to be very clear when I say that I have always been with the Jewish people and always will be,” she said. “My support for them has not wavered and never will.”

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