US actress Whoopi Goldberg suspended from talk show for Holocaust comments
American actress Whoopi Goldberg was suspended from the talk show she hosts for two weeks on Tuesday after saying the Nazi genocide of six million Jews “was not about race”.
Despite an apology from “The View” talk show host, ABC News President Kim Godwin said she’s decided it’s not enough.
“Effective immediately, I am suspending Whoopi Goldberg for two weeks for her inaccurate and hurtful comments,” Godwin said in a statement posted to the broadcaster’s public relations Twitter account.
“Although Whoopi apologized, I asked him to take the time to reflect and educate himself on the impact of his comments,” Godwin said.
The Oscar-winning TV personality said on ABC’s “The View” that the Holocaust involved “two groups of white people.”
“On the show today, I said that the Holocaust ‘is not about race, but about man’s inhumanity to man’. I should have said that It was both,” Goldberg wrote in an apology on Twitter Monday night.
“Jewish people around the world have always had my support and that will never change. I’m sorry for the hurt I’ve caused,” the 66-year-old added.
After Goldberg’s comments, critics pointed out that race was central to the genocide, with the Nazis viewing themselves as a master race.
“No @WhoopiGoldberg, the #Holocaust was about the Nazis’ systematic annihilation of the Jewish people – whom they considered an inferior race,” tweeted Jonathan Greenblatt, head of the Anti-Defamation League.
“They dehumanized them and used this racist propaganda to justify the slaughter of six million Jews. Holocaust distortion is dangerous,” he added.
The US Holocaust Museum posted on Twitter that “racism was central to Nazi ideology”.
“The Jews were not defined by religion, but by race. Nazi racist beliefs fueled genocide and mass murder,” he said, without referring to Goldberg’s comments.
The host spoke during a discussion of a Tennessee school banning the 1986 graphic novel “Maus: A Survivor’s Tale,” about life in the Nazi concentration camp Auschwitz.
The Pulitzer Prize-winning book, which depicts Jews as mice and Nazis as cats, has long been touted as a powerful and accurate depiction of the Nazi murder of millions of Jews during World War II.
Godwin herself said in her statement that “the entire ABC News organization stands in solidarity with our Jewish colleagues, friends, family and communities.”