Whoopi Goldberg apologizes for using ‘hoaxed’ Roma slur on ‘The View’

Whoopi Goldberg apologizes for using the word Whoopi Goldberg apologizes for using the word “ripped off” in the view. (Photo: Reuters)
Whoopi Goldberg apologized for using an offensive word on Wednesday’s episode of the view. While speaking about former President Donald Trump, the talk show host brought up how his supporters feel he was “cheated” in the 2020 presidential election.

the view The official Twitter account posted an apology video from Goldberg shortly after the episode aired.

“You know, when you’re a certain age, you use words that you know from when you were a kid or remember saying, and that’s what I did today and I shouldn’t have,” the 67-year-old said. explained the actress. “I should have thought about it a little bit more before I said it, but I didn’t, and I should have said ‘cheated’ and used another word. And I’m so, so sorry.”

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“Gypsy” is a word that has been used to describe the Roma people. Merriam-Webster defines being “ripped off” as being tricked, defrauded, or swindled, noting, regarding its etymology, that it is “probably short for gypsy”. For years, some have casually used the word to describe when they received less than what they paid for, or if something was stolen from them. Obviously, “ripped off” doesn’t have the best connotation.

“I meet a lot of people who tell me that they never knew that the word ‘ripped off’ had anything to do with gypsies, or that it is offensive, especially when the word is heard and not read,” said Ian Hancock, a professor at the University of Texas at Austin. who was born in Britain to Roma parents, he explained to NPR in 2013. “My response to them is, ‘Okay. You didn’t know that, but now you know. So stop using it. It may not mean anything to you, but when we hear it, it still hurts.'”

Goldberg came under fire last year for offensive comments she made about the Holocaust. in an episode of the view In January 2022, the longtime moderator was suspended for declaring that genocide was “not about race” but about “white supremacy” and the “inhumanity of man to man.” Goldberg’s first attempt at an apology was not well received.

In a December interview, he apparently doubled down on his beliefs. However, the Until Star quickly issued an explanation saying that it was all a misunderstanding.

“Recently, while doing press in London, I was asked about my comments earlier this year. I tried to convey to the reporter what I had said and why, and tried to recount that moment,” Goldberg said in a statement to Yahoo Entertainment on the time. “It was never my intention to give the impression that I was doubling down on hurtful comments, especially after speaking and hearing people like rabbis and old and new friends weigh in. I’m still learning a lot and believe me, I heard everything, everyone told me.”

Goldberg continued: “I think the Holocaust was about race, and I’m still as sorry as I was then that I upset, hurt, and angered people. My sincerest apologies again, especially to everyone who thought this was yet another repeat of I didn’t. I promise you it wasn’t. At this time of rising anti-Semitism, I want to be very clear when I say that I always stood with the Jewish people and always will. My support for them has not wavered and never will.”

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