US talkshow host offers ‘sincerest apologies’ after comments spark online backlash
The Guardian-Press Association
The US talkshow host and actor Whoopi Goldberg has offered her “sincerest apologies” after saying the Holocaust “isn’t about race”.
She said Jewish people around the world had “always had my support”, in a statement after her remarks led to a backlash online.
Goldberg, who co-hosts The View on ABC, said the atrocity was about “man’s inhumanity to man”.
In a statement posted on Twitter, Goldberg said: “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.
“As Jonathan Greenblatt from of 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.
“The Jewish people around the world have always had my support and that will never (waver). I am sorry for the hurt I have caused.
“Written with my sincerest apologies. Whoopi Goldberg.”
In the original discussion, Goldberg said: “Let’s be truthful, the Holocaust isn’t about race, it’s not. It’s about man’s inhumanity to man, that’s what it’s about. These are two groups of white people.”
She continued: “You’re missing the point … let’s talk about it for what it really is. It’s about how people treat each other. It’s a problem. It doesn’t matter if you’re black or white, Jews … everybody eats each other.”
Her comments were condemned by campaigners as “dangerous”.
Responding to the apology, Gleenblatt thanked Goldberg for “acknowledging the Holocaust for what it was”.
“Thanks WhoopiGoldberg for correcting your prior statement and acknowledging the #Holocaust for what it was,” he tweeted. “As #antisemitism surges to historic levels, I hope we can work together to combat ignorance of that horrific crime and the hate that threatens all.”
StopAntisemitism.org said Goldberg’s comments had “minimised” the trauma and suffering caused by the atrocity.
“Newsflash WhoopiGoldberg 6 million of us were gassed, starved and massacred because we were deemed an inferior race by the Nazis,” the organisation wrote. “How dare you minimize our trauma and suffering!”