Last week, the Chronicle asked its readers in an electronic poll the following question: “Do you think that Whoopi Goldberg’s two-week suspension from ‘The View’ was an appropriate response to the comments she made about the Holocaust?” Of the 282 people who responded, 37% said “no, because I think that the response was too strong even though I disagree with what she said”; 36% said, “no, because I think the response should have been stronger”; 20% said, “yes”; and 7% said “no, because I think that there is nothing seriously wrong with what she said.” One hundred people submitted comments. A few follow.
Instead, devoting a “The View” program with experts on the subject of the Holocaust and racism to discuss how she was wrong would have been an important teaching moment for her and many viewers.
It’s not about the loss of a paycheck; rather, it is about the message sent. Those that have an open forum must think before they speak.
She was right: Jews are not a race. She was wrong: Jews have been and are frequent victims of racism.
This was a teachable moment about accepting apologies.
No, because she apologized, learned and set the record straight immediately. Her comments were not hateful, but incorrect as to the facts. Understandably so, in light of her background. To shame or punish her further looks ridiculous and makes Jews look vindictive. Seeking to educate the public about the true facts would have been much better.
Ms. Goldberg is a very well-educated, astute woman. Her comments cannot be explained as mere ignorance of the topic.
Whoopi apologized and admitted her lack of knowledge. We need less cancel and more education.
There are people who distort the Holocaust maliciously and there are people who distort it out of ignorance. I think this was ignorance. It is therefore a teaching moment, not a moment for retribution.
She should have been fired.
The show is called “The View,” and she merely gave her view. So childish to be “timed out” like a child!
She needs to be educated. What was the point of the suspension? What did she learn during the suspension? Did she hear first-hand accounts from any survivors? I hope she has become more sensitive and learns that it was about race and dehumanization.
I wish we’d stop trying to silence everyone we disagree with.
Her follow-up comments showed that she listened and learned from the experience. She now has an opportunity to spread great good by discussing her lack of knowledge and understanding, and helping educate her listeners by sharing the truth about the Holocaust. PJC
— Toby Tabachnick