Oops, she did it again! Whoopi Goldberg puts her foot in her mouth with holocaust remarks

Written By: Subhash K Jha
New Delhi Updated: Feb 03, 2022, 03:17 PM(IST)

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The worst thing that Whoopi Goldberg did to her career was to abandon acting and take to another kind of acting: as a know-all news anchor on ABC’s popular morning-time show 'The View'

Whoopi Goldberg who gave a rousing performance in Steven Spielberg’s  'The Color Purple' is currently turning a dark shade of crimson as the world slams her for her highly inappropriate comments on the Nazi holocaust.

Just for the record , in her show 'The View' Whoopi(real name Caryn Elen Johnson) said—and I quote with  much  rolling of  the eyeballs—“If you're going to do this, then let's be truthful about it, because the Holocaust isn't about race…It's not about race. It's about man's inhumanity to man. That's what it's about…The minute you turn it into race, it goes down this alley. Let's talk about it for what it is — it's how people treat each other. It's a problem. It doesn't matter if you're Black or white because of Black, white, Jews — everybody."

ABC News responded quickly with a  two-week suspension. Which is like telling Trump to say sorry for his “I think Islam hates us,” comment.

You can’t be in a  position of such supreme power—be it in the White House, the Lok Sabha or ABC—and get away with making comments against humanity. In India, every day the haters crowd religiously on new channels and get away with the most hateful rhetoric.  Nobody suspends the hate-mongers for even a  day. 

Seen in this perspective, at least Whoopi was pulled up, and never mind it is like a child being reprimanded for putting her hand in her nose in public. The worst thing that Whoopi did to her career was to abandon acting and take to another kind of acting: as a know-all news anchor on ABC’s popular morning-time show 'The View'  where she shares brainstorming space with news anchors who know their politics thoroughly.

Goldberg doesn’t. She is ill-informed, and to make it worse, an ill-informed  Democrat who promotes  President Biden’s cause in every way possible. I have been  watching Whoopi on  the show since 2007. She has embarrassed  herself and ABC repeatedly:  she supported filmmaker Roman Polanski even after he admitted  to having sex with a minor; she even defended  alleged paedophile  Bing Cosby initially…there are  numerous instances of  her inexcusable  gaffe  that ABC overlooked because she has a huge following. Even this time Goldberg would have gotten away with her dimness had the powerful Jewish lobby not protested.

 So two weeks  of  suspension  it is. I think  Whoopi should take this time to do  some serious introspecting: does she really want to continue as a news anchor when she is clearly out of her depth  here? Why doesn’t she return to where she belongs?  Not just The Color Purple, Whoopi Goldberg’s performance in  'Jumpin’ Jack Flash', 'Clara’s Heart', 'Ghost', 'The Long Walk Home', 'Sister Act' and so many other films was a treat.

 Why not go back to where she belongs and start again?

(Disclaimer: The views of the writer do not represent the views of WION or ZMCL. Nor does WION or ZMCL endorse the views of the writer.)

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