Hollywood star Whoopi Goldberg rendered an apology following the criticism she faced from the Anti-Defamation League, the US Holocaust Museum and other Jewish organisations. Goldberg’s apology comes after she made harsh remarks on the latest episode of 'The View', in which she stated that the Holocaust was "not about race", reports variety.com.
"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 wrote in a statement shared on her social media. "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."
Earlier on Monday, Jonathan Greenblatt, CEO of the Anti-Defamation League, responded to 'The View' co-host’s comments on Twitter, calling her remarks "dangerous."
"The Holocaust was about the Nazi`s systemic annihilation of the Jewish people -- who they deemed to be an inferior race," wrote Greenblatt. "They dehumanised them and used their racist propaganda to justify slaughtering 6 million Jews. Holocaust distortion is dangerous."
For the uninitiated, Whoopi Goldberg’s comment came during a discussion on the programme regarding a Tennessee school board's ban of "Maus," a nonfiction graphic novel about cartoonist Art Spiegelman's father's experience surviving the Holocaust.
"Let`s be truthful about it because (the) Holocaust isn`t about race," Goldberg said on Monday`s episode. "It's not about race. It's about man`s inhumanity to man...These are two white groups of people. The minute you turn it into race it goes down this alley. Let`s talk about it for what it is." "It`s (about) how people treat each other. It doesn`t matter if you're Black or white, Jews -- it`s each other."
Goldberg’s caused a stir on social media and it sparked immediate criticism from Jewish organisations, including the US Holocaust Museum and StopAntisemitism.org.
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