Actress and comedian Whoopi Goldberg has once again apologized for her comments about the Holocaust Out-of-service By Anti-Defamation League (ADL) President Jonathan Greenblatt on Tuesday.
Comments are back in the spotlight this week due to Goldberg’s comments meeting with The London-based newspaper The Sunday Times, in which she said the Holocaust “wasn’t” based on race.
in the current situationGreenblatt called out Goldberg for her “offensive” remarks and encouraged her to educate herself “about the true nature of anti-Semitism and how it has been the driving force behind the systematic massacres of millions.”
In a statement to The Hollywood Reporter (THR) Posted TuesdayThe 67-year-old actress issued another apology, saying she was trying to relay to a Times reporter her past observations about the Holocaust.
“It was never my intention to sound like I was doubling down on hurtful comments,” Goldberg said in her statement to THR, especially after “speaking with and hearing people like rabbis and friends old and new weigh in on their opinion.”
“I’m still learning a lot and believe me, I heard everything everyone told me. I think the Holocaust was about race, and I still feel as sorry now as I did then that I upset and hurt and pissed people off.” “My sincere apologies again, especially to everyone who thought this was a new rephrasing of the topic. I promise it wasn’t.”
“At this time of rising anti-Semitism, I want to be very clear when I say that I have always stood with the Jewish people and always will. My support for them has not wavered and never will,” she concluded in her statement.
Goldberg made her latest comments while promoting her new movie, “Till,” in which she plays the mother of civil rights activist Mamie Till Mobley.
The remarks sparked a renewed backlash on social media and come amid mounting warnings of rising anti-Semitism.
The White House earlier this month created a new task force to combat anti-Semitism and religious intolerance in the wake of high-profile scandals involving rapper and fashion designer Ye, formerly known as Kanye West, and Brooklyn Nets star Kyrie Irving.
Former President Trump drew widespread rebuke for hosting Ye, along with white nationalist Nick Fuentes, for dinner at his Florida home last month.
Greenblatt said Goldberg should not apologize “for the ratings” but because “it was the right thing to do”.
He said, “Failure to address the issue will raise serious questions about its sincerity and solidarity with its Jewish viewers and anyone who is exposed to any form of hatred.”
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