Whoopi Goldberg, an actress and veteran host of The View, has once again drawn criticism for a statement she made live. She unintentionally used a racist and derogatory word for the Romani people during a recent episode.
Whoopi expressed regret for using the slur in a video shared on The View’s Twitter page after the episode aired. Later, the conversation from the programme was posted to YouTube without the word.
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What specifically did Whoopi state, then? Below, we parse it down.
What did Whoopi Goldberg say on ‘The View’?
The View’s hosts brought up Stormy Daniels’ hush money payment to the former president during a show that aired on March 15. Whoopi described Trump supporters in this discussion as “people who still believe that he got (expletive) in the election.”
Whoopi stated that “when you’re a certain age, you use words that you know from when you were a kid or you remember saying, and that’s what I did today” in the apology video. I shouldn’t have, too.
I should have said ‘cheated,’ but I used another term instead, and I’m really, really sorry, she continued.
Gypped, which can also be spelled “jipped,” is the precise word Whoopi used to describe the act of deceiving or cheating. Many people are unaware of the word’s connection to “gypsy” and how insulting it can be. Romani people, who were frequently viewed as scam artists and liars, are referred to as gipsies. That being said, calling someone of Romani descent “gypped” is offensive.
Whoopi Goldberg was removed from “The View” earlier this year due to a mistaken remark she made about the Holocaust.
The hosts of The View discussed the Tennessee school board’s decision to prohibit the Pulitzer Prize-winning graphic novel Maus, which is about Nazi death camps during World War II, during an edition of The View that aired on January 31. The crowd became animated when Whoopi said that the Holocaust was “not about race,” but rather about “man’s inhumanity to other man.”
She gave her opinion on Stephen Colbert’s The Late Show’s scheduled presence that evening. “You can’t call this racism, I was saying, when you declare yourself a racist. This was wicked. You couldn’t identify who was Jewish because this wasn’t based on skin color, she said.
She apologised on The View the next morning, stating that she misspoke and that the Holocaust was “in fact about race.” Whoopi attempted to correct the situation, but Kim Godwin, president of ABC News, made the choice to remove her from the programme for two weeks, as reported by The Hollywood Reporter. On February 14, Whoopi returned to The View.