ABC decided to act. After Whoopi Goldberg’s controversial remarks about the Holocaust, the channel announced that it had made the decision to suspend it for two weeks. Even if the actress had quickly apologized, the president of ABC, felt that it was not enough. “With immediate effect, I am suspending Whoopi Goldberg for two weeks after her ill-advised and damaging comments,” she said in a statement posted on a Twitter account of the chain. For two weeks, therefore, the actress will not host her show The View. It was on this set that she caused a lively controversy by commenting on the decision of a school in Tennessee to ban the comic book Maus by Art Spielgelman, where he tells the story of his father, a survivor of the death camps.
During her daily show, the actress lamented that classics like Maus were banned from American schools and was surprised that it was nudity that prompted this school to ban this work. “It’s about the Holocaust, about the murder of six million people, but you didn’t mind? If you’re going to do this, then let’s be honest about it. The Holocaust is not about race (…) It is about the inhumanity of the man towards another man”, launched Whoopi Goldberg. Immediately, many personalities reacted to the words of the actress on social networks. In particular the ex-presenter of The View.
Whoopi Goldberg: ‘I’m sorry my words caused this pain’
“Anti-Semitism is a cancer and a poison that is increasingly excused in our culture and television – and permeates spaces that should shock us all,” Meghan McCain wrote. In the aftermath, Whoopi Goldberg issued a short statement to apologize. “On today’s show, I said the Holocaust ‘is not about race, but about man’s inhumanity to man.’ it is both, she first admitted.As Jonathan Greenblatt of the Anti-Defamation League put it, the Holocaust was the systematic destruction by the Nazis of the Jewish people, whom they considered an inferior race.” And to conclude: “I am sorry that my words caused this suffering”.
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