British journalist Piers Morgan called on Prince Harry and Meghan Markle to boycott Academy Award-winning actor Whoopi Goldberg on Monday after the 66-year-old said that the Holocaust was “not about race” but an act of inhumanity.
Taking to Twitter, Morgan asked whether “rock stars or renegade royals” would boycott the actor or ABC for spreading “dangerous misinformation.”
It is unclear what response Morgan expects as neither Prince Harry nor Meghan Markle are known to share any relationship with Goldberg.
Neither have the couple made any statement on Goldberg’s comments or Morgan’s plea for a response from celebrities.
Goldberg sparked controversy on Monday when she made the aforementioned comments at the ABC talk show, ‘The View’.
“I mean, it’s about the Holocaust, the killing of 6 million people, but that didn’t bother you? If you’re going to do this, then let’s be truthful about it. Because the Holocaust isn’t about race. No, it’s not about race. It’s about man’s inhumanity to other man,” Goldberg had said.
When co-host Ana Navarro said, “But it’s about white supremacy. It’s about going after Jews and Gypsies and Roma,” Goldberg replied, “But these are two white groups of people.”
The comments came during a discussion on the Tennessee school board’s decision to ban the Pulitzer Prize-winning graphic novel ‘Maus’ by Art Spiegelman that depicted the experience of the Holocaust through powerful symbolism.
The 66-year-old’s comments were met with severe backlash on social media, and many accused Goldberg of trivialising the Holocaust and the ideology that gave birth to it.
Since the incident, however, Goldberg has apologised on her Twitter account, saying that the Holocaust was about “both [race and inhumanity].”
“The Jewish people around the world have always had my support and that will never waiver. I’m sorry for all the hurt I have caused,” she added.
However, it remains to be seen how her apology is taken and what becomes of the incident.
The Holocaust involved the systematic extermination of Jews by Nazi Germany between 1941 and 1945. During this period, Jews in German-occupied Europe were systematically hunted down and exterminated by death squads or were rounded up and sent to concentration camps to die in gas chambers. The Holocaust left around six million Jews dead, wiping out nearly two-thirds of the Jewish population in Europe.