Whoopi Goldberg was suspended from ABC’s The View Tuesday evening after she claimed the Holocaust was not about race. On Monday’s show, Whoopi claimed Nazis and Jews were both white. All of her co-hosts challenged her on that statement. They seemed to be trying to help her get out of the hole she was digging. But, she just continued to dig her hole deeper by arguing her point with them. She doubled down and repeated the statement on Late Night With Steven Colbert on Monday night.
After The View Aired on Monday, the streets were already talking about the staff and her co-hosts being very concerned about Whoopi’s shocking statements. The topic came up while discussing banned books. One book that has been recently banned in some schools, Maus, is a graphic novel about the Holocaust. The Jews were pictured as mice and the Nazis were portrayed as cats. And yet part of the reason for the banning was “nudity.” Mouse nudity?!?
This morning’s episode of The View focused the entire first ten minute segment on Whoopi’s apology. A well as Jonathan Greenblatt from the Anti-Defamation League explaining that the Holocaust was about the Nazi’s systematic annihilation of the Jewish people who they deemed to be an inferior race.
ABC News President Kim Godwin made the following announcement tonight on Twitter. “Effective immediately, I am suspending Whoopi Goldberg 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.” So does she have to go sit inn ABC in house suspension? I’m not trying to make light of what Whoopi said. There is no excuse for that. But, the punishment reminds me of how a principal treats a teenager who gets suspended from school and told to go home and think about what they did. Whoopi is 66 years old.
Whoopi’s controversial comments begin about four minutes in.
Here is the apology.