“The View” presenter Whoopi Goldberg may not remain on the daytime talk show for much longer following her outrageous Holocaust remark earlier this year on the show.
Viewers of the program backlashed her for the comments at the time and went on to create a petition about a month after to get her fired. The petition has now reached over 38,000 signatures.
Petition For Whoopi Goldberg To Leave “The View” Continues
The petition, made with Change.org in March and named “Fire Whoopi Goldberg From The View,” showed that 38,090 had signed and still counting to 50,000. It also explained Goldberg’s “disgusting” comments directed at the Jewish community.
Although the TV star had previously made several racial remarks that annoyed a few people who let them slide, the same is not the case for her Holocaust comments as such cannot be forgotten. The petition read:
“Whoopi has made numerous remarks about race that have ruffled feathers. But her most recent comment attacking victims of the Holocaust and the entire Jewish community are disgusting.”
It continued, noting that apologies were not enough and ended with a demand for Goldberg to be removed from “The View” for her “repulsive verbiage and actions.”
The brilliant comedian previously apologized for her Holocaust statement but was still suspended from the talk show for two weeks.
She rephrased her scandalous remark and took responsibility for her actions, declaring that the Jewish people around the world always had her unwavering support.
Fans and critics alike were not swayed by her apology, including broadcaster Piers Morgan who previously implied that the notable actor should be dismissed from “The View.”
His suggestion came about after Sharon Osbourne left “The Talk” due to racism accusations last year, leading him to call Goldberg’s Holocaust comment racist and assuming she would not lose her job.
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Regarding the EGOT recipient’s Holocaust remark, The Blast detailed the discussion on the show that led to her comments about the Holocaust not being about race.
In the past episode, she and other “The View” co-hosts discussed the controversy circulating a Tennessee school district that planned to ban Art Spiegelman’s graphic novel “Maus” in schools.
Goldberg enunciated, “If you’re going to do this, then let’s be truthful about it. Because the Holocaust isn’t about race, no, it’s not about race.”
She added that the Holocaust was about “man’s inhumanity to man,” and those were “two white groups of people.”
Her remarks soon got reactions from Anti-Defamation League CEO Jonathan Greenblatt, who corrected her by stating that the Nazis annihilated the Jews and “dehumanized” them.
He added that they deemed the Jews an “inferior race” and used the “racist propaganda” to validate killing millions of Jews.
The U.S Holocaust Museum also responded to Goldberg’s statement by noting that racism was “central to Nazi ideology.”
They included that the Jewish community was not defined by religion but by race, and the Nazis racist beliefs stimulated “genocide and mass murder.”
The 66-year-old stand-up comedian’s apology came soon after when she admitted her wrongness, but naturally, some fans were ready to accept the apology while others were not.
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A fan noted that her Holocaust statement was not a “slip up in a heated moment,” and her apology ignored some of what she said on the show.
In contrast, another fan believed she seemed sincere with her apology and disagreed with a comment about getting the comedy icon fired.
“The Color Purple” Star’s Old Jewish Recipe Spreads Online After Holocaust Scandal
The Blast previously reported that Goldberg caused a major uproar online with an old recipe after being suspended from “The View” by ABC President Kim Goodwin for racist comments.
She wrote the humorous recipe for the 1993 charity cookbook “Cooking in the Litchfield Hills” in the same year.
The recipe “Jewish-American Princess Fried Chicken” gained criticism from the Anti-Defamation League immediately after its release, as they called it a “lousy recipe” that was “insulting” and “anti-Semitic.”
At the time, in the “Deep South” star’s defense, she claimed to have Jewish ancestry, which her agent Brad Cafarelli confirmed, saying that being Jewish made her “certainly not anti-Semitic.”
In 1997, she revealed the root of her name, ‘Goldberg,’ from a Jewish ancestor. However, she admitted then that she was not a believer in the Jewish faith because she did not “believe in man-made religions.”