Whoopi’s insulting anti-Semitic fried chicken recipe for charity cookbook comes back to haunt her

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Actress Whoopi Goldberg’s antisemitic “Jewish-American Princess Fried Chicken” recipe that mocks a Jewish housewife has resurfaced after she was suspended from “The View” for inappropriate and offensive comments over race and The Holocaust.

Goldberg submitted a cringy recipe in 1993 to a charity cookbook titled “Cooking in the Litchfield Hills” that is coming back to haunt her. The Daily Mail obtained a copy of the cookbook which contains dishes such as Diane Sawyer’s “roasted potato skins with scallion dip,” Eartha Kitt’s “summer zucchini soup with nasturtium blossoms,” Oscar de la Renta’s “fresh pumpkin and crab soup,” former U.S. Senator Joe Lieberman’s “noodle pudding,” and fashion designer Diane Von Furstenberg’s “sour cream stuffed chicken with new potatoes.”

“Send chauffeur to your favorite butcher shop for the chicken (save the brown paper bag),” Goldberg, 66, wrote at the time. “Have your cook 1) Melt equal parts oil and butter 3/4 deep in skillet over moderate heat.”

“2) Put flour, seasoned with remaining ingredients, into brown paper bag. 3) Rinse chicken parts and place in bag,” the recipe noted.

“Then you tightly close top of bag (watch your nails) and shake 10 times,” she continued. “Handbag to Cook, go dress for dinner. While you dress, have Cook preheat oven to 350 degrees and brown chicken slowly in skillet. When evenly browned, have Cook place chicken in dish in oven. Have Cook prepare rest of meal while you touch up your makeup,” the actress quipped. “In about half an hour, voila! Dinner is served! You must be exhausted.”

At the time, The Anti-Defamation League slammed the off-color anecdotes in the recipe as “insulting” and “anti-Semitic.” They also commented that “It’s a lousy recipe with insensitive and anti-Semitic ingredients. Whoopi should know better.”

“She needs some sensitivity training, unfortunately. The good people who published it need some sensitivity training too,” the ADL’s National Director Abraham Foxman angrily commented.

In response to that criticism, Goldberg’s agent claimed she had Jewish ancestry.

“Maybe (the critics) are not aware that Whoopi is Jewish, so she is certainly not anti-Semitic,” her agent, Brad Cafarelli declared at the time.

Since then, the comedic actress has proclaimed her Jewish heritage many times and has asserted that her recipe was designed and written with comedy as the basis of its foundation.

She also told the Orlando Sentinel in 1994 she does not openly practice any religion but confusingly claimed she was Jewish.

“I am a Jewish-American princess,” Goldberg told the newspaper. “That’s probably what bothers people most. It’s not my problem people are uncomfortable with the fact that I’m Jewish.”

Goldberg then told Playbill three years later in an interview that she took her stage name of Goldberg from a “Jewish ancestor.” Her real name is Caryn Johnson.

“My family is Jewish, Buddhist, Baptist, and Catholic — none of which I subscribe to, by the way, as I don’t believe in man-made religions,” the actress stated, negating what her agent and she herself had previously claimed.

Goldberg was suspended from “The View” this week for stating that “the Holocaust isn’t about race. No, it’s not about race. It’s about man’s inhumanity to man.”

She later apologized on “The View” and via Twitter.

“Words matter, and mine are no exception. I regret my comments, and I stand corrected. I also stand with the Jewish people,” Goldberg said.

She also went on to apologize during an appearance that day on “The Late Show with Stephen Colbert.”

“I understand,” she told Colbert. “I felt differently. I respect everything everyone is saying to me and I don’t want to fake apologize … I’m very upset that people misunderstood what I was saying. It upset a lot of people which was never, ever, ever, ever my intention … I thought we were having a discussion.”

“I think of race as being something that I can see,” she said. “So, I see you and I know what race you are.”

It should be noted that ABC fired actress-comedian Roseanne Barr over a joke she made asserting that if the Muslim Brotherhood and the movie “Planet of the Apes” had a baby, it would look like Obama adviser Valerie Jarrett. In contrast, Goldberg was given a two-week suspension without pay over her Holocaust remarks.


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