ABC News has suspended Whoopi Goldberg for two weeks after she said the Holocaust was “not about race”:
ABC News has suspended "The View" host Whoopi Goldberg for two weeks, one day after she drew significant criticism for falsely declaring that the Holocaust was "not about race." https://t.co/7lgw319tmO
— CNN (@CNN) February 2, 2022
On the first day of Black History Month, no less:
On this, the first day of Black History Month, we celebrate with Whoopi Goldberg shattering the glass ceiling as the first black woman in history to get suspended from The View.
— Tim Young 🚛 (@TimRunsHisMouth) February 2, 2022
Statement from ABC:
— ABC News PR (@ABCNewsPR) February 2, 2022
So, it’s a “slap on the wrist”?
Whoopi Goldberg has been suspended from her role as presenter of US talk show The View for two weeks following her “wrong and hurtful comments", that the Holocaust was "not about race".
SO, it's settled: We're worth a 2 week slap on the wrist https://t.co/msRbFyGF1a
— Jack Mendel 🗞️ (@Mendelpol) February 2, 2022
Yep. A PR stunt:
Don't criticize Whoopi's suspension because people shouldn't be suspended for controversial comments. Criticize it because it's the network's way of trying to worm out of any bad publicity it might cause for THEM. Even calling it a "suspension" is buying their cover story.
— Noam Blum (@neontaster) February 2, 2022
And from now on, we will call this a “Whoopi cushion”:
the two-week cooldown period in which a controversial person is suspended purely for PR purposes will hereafter be known as a “Whoopi cushion” https://t.co/rlYf7AJFrx
— Kat Rosenfield (@katrosenfield) February 2, 2022
Or, a better way to describe this is that it’s a mandatory vacation as she’ll return and “unlike many on the right, she won’t be ostracized or punished long-term”:
As @bonchieredstate says, "Personally, I don’t have a lot of energy to waste on caring about Goldberg getting a two-week vacation. She’ll be just fine, and unlike many on the right, she won’t be ostracized or punished long-term."https://t.co/YZAAbCb5pV
— Jennifer Van Laar (@jenvanlaar) February 2, 2022
We suspect this is true:
My care level about Whoopi Goldberg being suspended for two weeks approaches zero. She didn't get fired. She'll be back and we'll never hear of this again. It's a slap on the wrist when a Republican would have been fired already, especially after she doubled down on Colbert.
— Bonchie (@bonchieredstate) February 2, 2022
If she was a conservative she would be getting fired. She's being suspended so the network won't have to put up with backlash and they know within 2 weeks everyone will forget about it and no one will care. https://t.co/X1j0RFdbnc
— Ryan Saavedra (@RealSaavedra) February 2, 2022