Whoopi Goldberg issued an apology for using ‘gypped’, a Romani slur, on Wednesday’s episode of The View. The talk show host was talking about former President Donald Trump when she said that how his supporters feel he got “gypped” in the 2020 presidential election.
She was trolled on social media for using the word. The View’s official Twitter handle then posted an apology video from Goldberg.
“You know, when you’re a certain age, you use words that you know from when you’re a kid or you remember saying, and that’s what I did today and I shouldn’t have. I should have thought about it a little longer before I said it, but I didn’t, and I should have said ‘cheated’ and I used another word. And I’m really, really sorry,” the actor explained.
‘Gypsy’ is a word used for Romani people. Being ‘gypped’ as per Merriam-Webster is being ‘cheated, defrauded or swindled’.
“I encounter a lot of people who tell me that they never knew the word ‘gypped’ had anything to do with gypsies, or that it’s offensive — especially when the word is heard not read,” University of Texas at Austin professor Ian Hancock explained to NPR in 2013.
“My response to them is, ‘That’s okay. You didn’t know but now you do. So stop using it. It may mean nothing to you, but when we hear it, it still hurts.'”
Only last year, Whoopi Goldberg was criticised for her comments about the Holocaust. On The View, she said the genocide was ‘not about race’ but about ‘white supremacy’ and ‘man’s inhumanity to man’.
“Recently while doing press in London, I was asked about my comments from earlier this year. I tried to convey to the reporter what I had said and why, and attempted to recount that time,” Goldberg said in a statement to Yahoo Entertainment at the time.
“It was never my intention to appear as if I was doubling down on hurtful comments, especially after talking with and hearing people like rabbis and old and new friends weighing in. I’m still learning a lot and believe me, I heard everything everyone said to me.”