Whoopi Goldberg apologized for using a term considered a racial slur on Wednesday’s episode of ABC’s “The View.”
During an on-air conversation discussing former President Donald Trump, Goldberg commented that some of his supporters believe “he somehow got ‘gy—-d’ in the election”—a term of deception that perpetuates a negative stereotype about Romani people. .
Goldberg said he was sorry in a video posted after the show.
“You know, when you’re a certain age, you use words that you know from childhood or that you remember, and that’s what I did today and I shouldn’t have,” Goldberg said at the beginning. of the video, which was posted on the show’s official Twitter account.
A message from Whoopi Goldberg about today’s episode of #TheView . pic.twitter.com/PIvwYRWMsy
— The View (@TheView) March 15, 2023
“I should have thought about it a little longer before I said it, but I didn’t,” the actress added. “And I should have said cheating, but I used another word, and I’m really sorry.”
This isn’t the first time Goldberg has come under fire for espousing controversial views or using outdated and offensive language on air. Early last year, He was suspended from “The View” for two weeks He argued that the Holocaust – in which 6 million Jewish people were killed – was “not about race.”
Goldberg It was brought up again in December In an interview with the Sunday Times of London, said the Holocaust was not “fundamentally about race” – a comment he later apologized for, but which resulted in no disciplinary action.
The head of the Anti-Defamation League, Jonathan Greenblatt, called his comments “deeply offensive and incredibly ignorant”, and the Auschwitz memorial posted excerpts from a 1919 letter written by Adolf Hitler in which he clearly stated his views on the Jewish people. “Alien race.”
Excerpt from Adolf Hitler’s letter from 16 September 1919 on ‘The Danger Presently Presented to Our Nation by the Jews’.
This text is one of Hitler’s first major statements about the Jewish question. pic.twitter.com/t56oHRWm2w
— Auschwitz Memorial (@AuschwitzMuseum) December 26, 2022
Goldberg’s apology for Wednesday’s comments drew mixed reactions on social media.
“Well, I learned something today! Thanks for this teaching moment. I won’t say that in the future!” One user wrote, while another said, “(people) use this word all the time.. how is that offensive?”
Other users acknowledged the loss of the word, but still defended Goldberg, with one user writing, “He’s said a lot of horrible things, but I have to defend him here. Most people don’t know the etymology of the word … and almost never use it. Annoying Roma people. Now that we know, we can stop using it, but I’ll give him a pass.”
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