Meghan McCain Slams ABC For Their Handling of Whoopi Goldberg’s Hurtful Comments
On Monday January’s 31st’s episode of “The View,” co-host Whoopi Goldberg made an ignorant and hurtful comment about the Holocaust. She said, “The Holocaust isn’t about race.” When co-host Joy Behar asked her what it is about, she responded, “It’s about man’s inhumanity to man.”
On Tuesday’s show, Goldberg apologized for her ill-informed comment. She explained, “So yesterday on our show, I misspoke. I said that the Holocaust wasn’t about race and it was instead about man’s inhumanity to man. But it is indeed about race, because Hitler and the Nazis considered the Jews to be an inferior race. Now, words matter and mine are no exception. I regret my comments as I said and I stand corrected. I also stand with the Jewish people, as they know, and as you all know because I’ve always done that.”
Former “The View” co-host Meghan McCain felt that Goldberg’s apology was not good enough. She wrote an essay that was published by The Daily Mail and used the opportunity to slam ABC’s handling of Goldberg’s comments.
In the essay, McCain explained that she hasn’t watched “The View” since she left the show, but “when something goes viral from the show or ends up in the publications that I read I can’t help but feel a twinge of disappointment.”
When McCain heard about Goldberg’s comments on the show, she felt that she had to say something, and she did. She wrote, “The American Jewish Committee released a report in October detailing the rise of antisemitism in America.” She added that “there is serious cultural downplaying in the media” regarding the rise in antisemitism, and she finds this dangerous.
McCain wrote, “In an era when so many forms of insult or criticism are labeled bigotry, true or not, actual bigotry toward the Jewish people is not just tolerated but defended in ways I find abhorrent.” She added, “What we’re talking about here is just racism, pure and simple.”
McCain wrote, “I am not calling for Whoopi Goldberg to be fired, if only because I don’t believe there is any universe where she could possibly do anything that could get her fired – she is the crown jewel of The View and a pop culture icon. But I hope this can be used as a teachable moment to explain to millions of Americans why conflating the Holocaust as something that is specific and limited to ‘white people’ is insane, ahistorical and anti-Semitic.”
She went on to explain that she believes there’s a “double, triple and even quadruple standard if you are conservative.” She added, “There are those who will be given protection and coverage for their bad behavior from networks and executives no matter what.”
McCain ended her essay by writing, “And for those who hope and work against anti-Semitic forces in our country, we cannot afford to forget what was done, and why, and know this evil for what it is.”
Watch the video below to hear more of what McCain wrote and to hear how ABC responded to Goldberg’s comments.