Whoopi Goldberg opened up a firestorm on Monday's edition of "The View" after she claimed that the Holocaust had nothing to do with race.
Goldberg was excoriated by many online for the claim she made. She issued an apology on her official social media account hours later.
"On today's show, I said the Holocaust 'is not about race, but about man's inhumanity to man,' I should have said it is about both. As Jonathan Greenblatt from the Anti-Defamation League shared, 'The Holocaust was about the Nazi's systematic annihilation of the Jewish people — who they deemed to be an inferior race.' I stand corrected," she said in a statement.
"The Jewish people around the world have always had my support and that will never waiver [sic]. I'm sorry for the hurt I have caused," she added.
"Written with my sincerest apologies," Goldberg concluded.
The segment began as a conversation about a Tennessee school board removing the Pulitzer Prize-winning graphic novel "Maus" from their school curriculum because of nudity and profanity. They said it was inappropriate for eighth graders to read.
Goldberg turned the conversation to make her bizarre point about how to frame the Holocaust. She immediately drew a debate from her fellow co-hosts.
"What is it about?" Joy Behar asked Goldberg.
"It's about man's inhumanity to man," Goldberg responded. "That's what it's about."
She went on to point out that the Nazis targeted other groups of white people in their brutal campaign.
"The minute you turn it into race, it goes down this alley," she added later. "Let’s talk about it for what it is. It’s how people treat each other. It’s a problem. It doesn’t matter if you’re black or white, 'cause black, white, Jews ... everybody eats each other."
In response to the segment, Rich Lowry of the National Review tweeted: "This has to rank among the most hilariously stupid and incompetent TV segments ever."
Here's the video of Goldberg's comments:
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