Whoopi Goldberg Apologizes For Calling People Nazis

Whoopi Goldberg has issued an apology on The View, after she had lumped in two different protesting groups in the same category, calling them neo-Nazis.

By James Brizuela | Published

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We live in a very socially conscious sociopolitical world right now. There are so many people with so many differing views. However, those views can often be lumped in with the views of other people by mistake. Say there are protestors at an event that contains wildly different protestors, media can sometimes lump them together as if their reasoning for being at the same event matches up. That was the case for Whoopi Goldberg, as she had referred to a group known as Turning Point USA as “neo-Nazis.” The View host has now apologized for the indiscretion.

According to Whoopi Goldberg, “I put the young people at the conference in the same category as the protesters outside, and I don’t like it when people make assumptions about me and it’s not any better when I make assumptions about other people, which I did. So my bad, I’m sorry.” Apparently, there had been neo-Nazis gathered at the event in question, conducting their own protest. That organizers of the event attempted to the neo-Nazis removed but were unable to do so because they had been on public property. Freedom to protest is our inalienable right, even if those protestors share a worldview that is horrible.

Sara Haines, who shares co-hosting duties with Whoopi Goldberg, had read a statement from the network in response to the backlash they had received for Goldberg’s mistake, but now it is Goldberg who has come out with her own apology on the matter. At least she is owning up to her mistake. Turning Point USA had sent a cease-and-desist letter to ABC News and began a campaign against the network on Twitter after they had been lumped in the group of neo-Nazis. They also wanted to make it clear that it was a summit thrown on by their organization and had nothing to do with the Republican Party, which had also been indicated by previous comments.

The View’s other co-host Joy Behar stated that the neo-Nazis that had been at the event were shouting racial slurs, pictures of swastikas, and depictions of a Jewish person with exaggerated features. Whoopi Goldberg had stated that Turning Point USA was “complicit” after letting those protesters in. The View clearly did not have the right information, as it was stated that Turning Point USA attempted to get the Nazi protestors removed. They were certainly not inviting them into their summit.

Whoopi Goldberg can be quite impassioned on The View. She had nearly been brought to tears when she spoke about the controversial decision of the Supreme Court to overturn the result of Roe v. Wade, which allowed states to determine if the right to abortion is legal. While her passion is certainly warranted at times, she is only human and can make mistakes at times. She clearly owned up to her mistake this time, which is what people need to move forward. Civil discourse matters a great deal in this county. It is how we understand one another deeper.

Calling someone a Nazi is quite a serious allegation, but it sounds as if Whoopi Goldberg has realized her mistake. Although there had been some of that group there, the Turning Point USA summit was something completely different. This is just another instance in a string of teachable moments that the media need to take in.