Whoopi Goldberg Causes Outrage With 'Innocence' Jacket Following Holocaust Comments
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Whoopi Goldberg has come under fire for wearing a jacket carrying the word 'Innocence' in the wake of her suspension from ABC's The View following her controversial comments about the Holocaust.
The incident occurred when panellists were discussing the book Maus, which was recently banned from schools in Tennessee.
Maus is a cartoon-book written by Art Spiegelman and details his father's experience of the Holocaust.
Discussing the book, Goldberg claimed that the Holocaust was 'not about race', adding, 'It’s about man’s inhumanity to man. That’s what it’s about.'
This caused her cohosts to question her comments, with Joy Behar saying, 'Well, they considered Jews a different race,' and Ana Navarro adding, 'But it's about white supremacy. It's about going after Jews and Gypsies.'
Following the discussion, Goldberg apologised on Twitter, saying 'I am sorry for the hurt I have caused.'
However, Goldberg was still suspended, as noted in a statement from ABC New President Kim Godwin that was later shared to Twitter.
Here’s the full note that ABC News president Kim Godwin sent staffers tonight about @WhoopiGoldberg. She said such decisions “are never easy, but necessary.”— Oliver Darcy (@oliverdarcy) February 2, 2022
“Words matter and we must be cognizant of the impact our words have." pic.twitter.com/vMK5kSPAmj
Godwin wrote, 'Effective immediately, I am suspending Whoopi Goldberg for two weeks for her wrong and hurtful comments.'
She added, 'While Whoopi has apologised, I've asked her to take time to reflect and learn about the impact of her comments.'
People on Twitter were quick to applaud the decision, with one person saying, 'Thank You Kim Godwin. WORDS MATTER. Especially on a National Platform'.
However, others disagreed with the move, saying 'This is an overreaction. She made a mistake. She was in no way diminishing the Holocaust. She apologized and acknowledged her error.'
Whoopi Goldberg spit in the eye of the criticism about her remarks about the Holocaust not being about race by wearing a jacket declaring her innocence. pic.twitter.com/7Yuts3XgQC— Laura Goldman (@laurasgoldman) February 4, 2022
However, Goldberg has caused outrage once again after she was snapped wearing a jacket that said 'Innocence'.
Pictures of the coat, which also says 'We are infinite', were shared to Twitter, and one person said that the jacket was Goldberg 'spit[ting] in the eye of criticism' following her remarks.
As reported by the New York Post, Goldberg is said to be upset over ABC's handling of the situation.
A source told the publication, 'She feels ABC executives mishandled this. She followed their playbook. She went on The Late Show With Stephen Colbert and then apologised again on The View the next day.'
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