Whoopi Goldberg suspended from TV station after Holocaust remarks
Steph Deschamps / February 2, 2022
The American actress Whoopi Goldberg was suspended Tuesday for two weeks from the show she co-hosts on the U.S. network ABC, after saying the day before that the Holocaust was not a racial issue.
She apologized on Monday for the statement she made while trying to defend the Holocaust graphic novel Maus, which was recently banned from the school curriculum by the authorities of a southern US county. But ABC President Kim Godwin felt that wasn't enough and decided to suspend the host of the popular talk show The View.
Effective immediately, I am suspending Whoopi Goldberg for two weeks after her ill-advised and damaging comments, Godwin said in a statement posted on a network Twitter account. During the daily show, the comedian lamented that classics such as Maus, in which cartoonist Art Spiegelman recounts the heartbreaking memories of his father who survived the Holocaust, or Harper Lee's Don't Shoot the Mockingbird, are banned from American schools. Then she added that the Holocaust was not a question of race, it's a question of man's inhumanity to man, words that immediately surprised her interlocutors on set.
I should have said it was related to both, apologized on Twitter the actress who won an Oscar in 1991 for her role in Ghost and is considered a pioneer in the breakthrough of black actors on the American scene. As Jonathan Greenblatt of the Anti-Defamation League said, the Holocaust was the Nazis' systematic destruction of the Jewish people, whom they considered an inferior race, she added. I am sorry that my words have caused this suffering, concluded the woman who recently took a stand against restrictions on abortion, discrimination against homosexuals and the distribution of anti-Covid vaccines to poor countries, offering her sincere apologies.