First things first: We don’t think Whoopi Goldberg is anti-Semitic — she’s just stupid. It was ignorance and not hate that led her to make the statement she did about the Holocaust. Maybe during her suspension, she’ll tour the Holocaust Museum, which seems to be the way to prove you’re serious about educating yourself.
Comedian and former Sen. Al Franken, speaking to CNN’s Alisyn Camerota — who slammed Fox News for its “toxic culture” — defended Goldberg from charges of anti-Semitism, citing the fact that she chose the name Goldberg as a stage name. How much more proof do you need?
Former Sen. Al Franken cites Whoopi Golberg choosing "Goldberg for her last name for a stage name" as proof she is not anti-Semitic. pic.twitter.com/Cvf9MRB6K0
— Mediaite (@Mediaite) February 2, 2022
Could it be… cultural appropriation?
— Tyler Alex (@Mah2pt0) February 2, 2022
Cultural appropriation is a form of racism… or so I've been told.
— 𝕔𝕠𝕒𝕔𝕙 𝕫 🤔 (@rzima) February 2, 2022
The choice of Goldberg is proof that she’s not anti-Semitic in the same way that Whoopi is proof that she likes fart cushions.
— The Streeter (@thestreeter) February 2, 2022
Yes and blackface is really just paying homage to black culture.
— MR (@2007MLR) February 2, 2022
We’re old enough to remember when her old boyfriend Ted Danson wore blackface — while they were still together.
If adopting the name "Goldberg" makes you not antisemitic then adopting the stage name "Shecky Shecklestein" makes you really REALLY not antisemitic
— nothingtoseehere (@andItoldyaso) February 2, 2022
My new name is Jewy Goldstein. Totally honoring to the Jews.
— Iron Ken: It’s Hockey Season (@IronKenX) February 2, 2022
This is an even lower bar than "I have Jewish friends"
— The C (@CryptoLibertas2) February 2, 2022
— Nick ☠️ (@_NickGolonk_) February 2, 2022
My goodness. Al hasn't been heard from in a while….and this is what he says 🤦♂️
— William Remo (@WilliamRemo24) February 2, 2022
My mother always said if you don't have anything worth saying, keep your trap clapped.
— On a Need to Know Basis (@au_contrairez) February 2, 2022
He was struggling to find the worst defense possible, and he nailed it. Perhaps he could just acknowledge that what she said was stupid/wrong and leave it at that. (Maybe he did, but it's not in this clip.)
— Michael Wayne (@Michael49645380) February 2, 2022
She chose it because she was told it would get her more attention.
— Char T (@my6girls2012) February 2, 2022
Hahaha it wasn't an homage, her mom told her to change it because "Jews run Hollywood" and it would get her further.
— ((DarkTechObserver)) (@DarkTechMonitor) February 2, 2022
She thought a Jewish last name would get her further in the entertainment industry.
Three guesses as to what people with this belief typically think of Jews.
— 𓂺 (@torlardo) February 2, 2022
No, she chose it to prove she wasn’t anti-Semitic.
That’s not why she choose it Al.
— Evets Child (@Evetsisnthappy) February 2, 2022
That's the funniest thing Al's said in 40 years.
— Quill Driver (@JelllyJr) February 2, 2022
— Ski Bunny (@sternergulch) February 2, 2022
Al Franken is a joke. But one that is never funny.
— Eurasian Princess (@LukeHandCool2) February 2, 2022
— name 🗯 (@godwinslaws) February 2, 2022
The #TruckersForFreedom2022 will now be known as the Islamic Black Transgender Movement for Inclusion.
— Modern Heretic (@ModernHeretic2) February 2, 2022
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