(Daily Mail) Whoopi Goldberg has once again claimed that the Holocaust was not about race, insisting the Nazis ‘were not killing racial’ and repeating the argument that saw her suspended in February from her $8 million-a-year role hosting talk show The View.
The Oscar-winning actress was suspended from The View in February for saying the Holocaust was not about race, but rather ‘white on white’ violence and ‘man’s inhumanity to man’ – and the interviewer was told in advance not to discuss the chat show.
Yet Goldberg readily repeated her controversial comments, when it was pointed out that the Nazis certainly believed the Holocaust was about race
‘Yes, but that’s the killer, isn’t it?’ she told The Times of London.
‘The oppressor is telling you what you are. Why are you believing them? They’re Nazis. Why believe what they’re saying?’
She said the Holocaust ‘wasn’t originally’ about race.
‘Remember who they were killing first. They were not killing racial; they were killing physical. They were killing people they considered to be mentally defective. And then they made this decision.’
She said being Jewish was not a race like being black, because it was not identifiable.
Goldberg sparked outrage by claiming on The View in February that the Holocaust was ‘not about race’ because it’s ‘two white groups of people’. In a new interview, she repeated her claims
Survivor children in the concentration camp Auschwitz-Birkenau after the liberation, 1945. Godlberg said it wasn’t an act of racism because it involved two white groups
‘But you would have thought that I’d taken a big old stinky dump on the table, butt naked.’ The star was born Caryn Elaine Johnson, and says her stage name is a nod to her distant Jewish ancestry.
Goldberg, 67, was speaking to The Times of London to promote her new film Till, and returned to the fraught territory she had previously waded into – questioning the biology of transgender people, claiming she was not sexually harassed as an actress because she was intimidating and black, and saying she was confused why sexually abused actresses ‘just took it’.
Goldberg was also recently embroiled in a row about transgender people, and found herself accused of transphobia after she said that ‘men don’t have eggs’ during a discussion about abortion.
Goldberg, asked about the row, said: ‘But men don’t have eggs.’
When the interviewer said that trans men – born biologically as women – do have eggs, Goldberg replied: ‘They may have eggs, but they’re not getting pregnant. Are they? I think you have to do some fixing in order to get those eggs fertilized. But I do have questions because trans men, I was told, still have their prostates.’
Goldberg was asked about controversy last year when a white artist depicted Emmett Till – the subject of her new film – in a painting shown at the Whitney, in New York City.
Some critics said that a white person should not be using black suffering for art.
‘Well, they said the same thing about Steven Spielberg shooting The Color Purple, right?’ she said.
‘I don’t think you have to be [black] in order to recognize and empathize. But that’s me.’
She said there was a necessary debate about casting people, to ensure that there is equality of opportunity and representation.
‘As an actor I like to feel like I can do anything; I can play anybody,’ she said.
‘And I know now that there are things that I probably should not do, not be.’
She added: ‘You think, ‘Wait a minute. Yes, I could do it, but who’s around who should do it?
‘And sometimes it’s hard, because you don’t want to give it up.
‘But sometimes you must, because you have to get people in the habit of hiring Asian people to play Asian people.’
This spring, Goldberg tried to apologize for saying the ‘Holocaust isn’t about race’ during an appearance on The Late Show With Stephen Colbert, but angered more people.
Whoopi Goldberg appeared on The Late Show with Stephen Colbert and attempted to explain her controversial remarks about the Holocaust
Goldberg admitted to Colbert that she ‘did a lot of harm to myself’ with her Holocaust remarks