Whoopi Goldberg apologized for allegedly using an offensive slur for Romani people, commonly known as gypsies, on Wednesday’s episode of “The View.”
Goldberg used the term “gypped”—a slur for the Romani—to refer to former President Donald Trump’s claims of election fraud in the 2020 presidential election. The panel discussed Trump’s potential indictments related to allegedly bribing porn star Stormy Daniels to remain silent about their reported affair before the 2016 presidential election.
“The people who still believe that he [Trump] got gypped somehow in the election will still believe that he cared enough about his wife to pay … that money from his personal thing,” Goldberg said.
Goldberg issued an apology for using the term.
“When you’re a certain age, you use words that you know from when you were a kid or you remember saying and that’s what I did today,” Goldberg said after the episode. “And I shouldn’t have. I should’ve thought about it a little longer before I said it, but I didn’t, and I should’ve said cheated, but I used another word and I’m really, really sorry.”
Some believe that the term “gypsy” carries a negative connotation for the Romani people because it reportedly perpetuates the stereotype that they are “sneaky thieves.”
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