Whoopi Goldberg made a shocking Holocaust comment while on The View Monday and the actress is receiving backlash. The ADL and other Jewish groups are condemning Whoopi, and some are asking her to apologize.

On Monday, The View hosts were talking about “Maus,” a Pulitzer Prize winning graphic novel that was recently banned in a Tennessee school district because of “inappropriate language.” The novel talks about one character’s experience of the Holocaust. Whoopi, who is usually a middle ground host, said the Holocaust is “not about race.”

She said, “The Holocaust isn’t about race. No, it’s not about race. It’s about man’s inhumanity to man.”  Other hosts of the talk show, including Ana Navarro and Joy Behar, were quick to disagree with the 66-year-old, but Whoopi Goldberg wouldn’t back down.

She continued her commentary and added, “But these are two groups of white people. You’re missing the point. The minute you turn it into race, it goes down this alley. Let’s talk about it for what it is. It’s how people treat each other. It’s a problem. It doesn’t matter if you’re black or white because black, white, Jews, Italians, everybody eats each other.”

During the episode, the hosts had a heated discussion and at some points no one could be heard because they were all talking over each other. Political strategist Ana Navarro said that the Holocaust was about white supremacy and suppressing Jewish people and Gypsies, and then Behar added that the Nazis’ considered the Jews to be an “inferior race.”

Before the ladies of The View could come to some sort of end point, Whoopi awkwardly turned toward the camera and while everyone was talking, announced that they would be going to commercial.

Since the episode aired, Whoopi Goldberg has faced criticism because of her Holocaust comment. Viewers of the talk show and Jewish leaders are calling out the ABC star.

Liora Rez, executive director for StopAntisemitism, commented on Whoopi’s “not about race,” comment and brought in her own Jewish heritage and experiences.

“I am the granddaughter of Holocaust survivors on both sides of my family. To say that the Holocaust was not about race when everything the Nazis did was to ensure the purity of the Aryan race is blatantly untrue, and it is reprehensible,” said Rez. “Six million Jews were gassed, starved and massacred because we were deemed an inferior race. For Goldberg to minimize our trauma and suffering by claiming we are from a privileged class is the epitome of whitewashing and gaslighting Jews, and it needs to stop.”

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Whoopi Goldberg is being bashed by Jewish groups after she said that the Holocaust was “not about race.” The ABC star hasn’t commented on the criticism. (Credit: Twitter)

TV host Ben Shapiro also commented on Whoopi Goldberg and said that she was “downplaying the minority status of Jews.” He created a Twitter thread about the topic, and it’s been retweeted over 6,000 times. Many people have used his arguments in their own tweets.

“Whoopi Goldberg explaining that the Holocaust wasn’t about race because these were “two groups of white people” isn’t just insipid, it’s insidious. It’s downplaying the minority status of Jews in order to uphold bullshit intersectional arguments that justify anti-Semitism today,” Shapiro tweeted.

Another person tweeted, “There’s a difference between supremely uneducated ignorance and antisemitism. What @WhoopiGoldberg said reflects total ignorance of the history of racism, what Jews are, and why and how people hate them. It does not, however, reflect malice or stereotyping.”

ABC and Whoopi Goldberg have not commented on the Holocaust comment or the criticism that it has received.