Fresh off her suspension from “The View” for saying “the Holocaust wasn’t racist,” Whoopi Goldberg is making headlines once again.
The 66-year-old actress, known for her roles in the movies “Sister Act” and “Ghost,” is no stranger to making controversial statements. It was just last month that “The View” suspended her from the program for her widely panned comments claiming the Holocaust wasn’t about race.
Now she’s on a tear about the British Royal Family, deploring their role in the country’s imperialist past and calling on them to apologize for what she perceives to be the British Empire’s historical sins.
“We cannot ignore the fact that Britain ran roughshod over India for years,” she said. “Let us not forget, when we talk about what needs to happen, all the folks that need to apologize.”
Left unsaid is who these “folks” are, but presumably, they include Prince Charles and Queen Elizabeth II herself.
“Listen, this is not new. I suspect Charles, when he was in Barbados, had some idea because he went on and apologized. Yes, he was releasing the hold that Britain has,” Goldberg continued, referring to Prince Charles’ visit to the small Caribbean island in November of last year. He was in attendance at a transition ceremony formalizing the island nation’s removal of the Queen as its head of state, where he acknowledged the “appalling atrocity of slavery,” which forever stained the history of both countries.
“So perhaps somebody is listening,” Goldberg speculated, “and it’s the new group of folks—I don’t know if it’s Charles, William, but one of them is supposed to be the person.” Prince William and Kate Middleton are currently making the rounds in the Caribbean, having recently visited Jamaica, where William expressed “profound sorrow” for the slave trade and denounced it as “abhorrent.”
But these remarks were not enough for Goldberg and some of her co-hosts, including Sunny Hostin, who said: “The Brits are calling this the charm offensive, and they need to call it that. The Brits rarely, especially the royals, rarely talk about their history of enslavement. They rarely talk about how they got their wealth off the backs of black people.”
Goldberg, it turns out, is something of an expert on apologies, as she’s had to offer quite a few of them over the years. Most recently was her Holocaust kerfuffle, where she claimed the genocide was just a garden-variety form of inhumanity and had nothing to do with race. Her comments elicited a spirited backlash, with the Anti-Defamation League and the Israeli Consular General in New York expressing outrage.
And who could forget Goldberg’s vulgar comments about George W. Bush at the Democratic National Convention in 2004, or her roast by then-boyfriend Ted Danson at the Friar’s Club in 1993, when he appeared in blackface and peppered his jokes with numerous racial epithets.
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