Ronald Lauder bangs Whoopi Goldberg, mouse ban
Billionaire Ronald Lauder warns of a “rising tide of Jew hatred” that Whoopi Goldberg is tearing up along with the Tennessee School District, which banned the Pulitzer Prize-winning Holocaust book Maus — and offering to send them all free copies .
“These latest waves in the rising tide of Jew-hatred pose a grave danger to Jews around the world and are only being fueled further by the willful cowardice of those who hide their true bigotry behind ignorance,” Lauder told the Post. “Both the McMinn County School Board and Ms. Goldberg should be ashamed of their complicit role in promoting Jew-hatred, and I condemn their actions in the strongest possible terms.”
Goldberg was suspended from The View for two weeks after continued outrage
after claiming on the show that the Holocaust is not about race. Goldberg, who later apologized, made her comments during a discussion of McMinn County’s decision to withdraw Maus.
The 1991 Graphic Novel and Pulitzer Prize winner tells the story of author Art Spiegelman’s father and his experiences as a Holocaust survivor. The book was officially removed from McMinn County schools due to concerns about violence, nudity and swearing.
Lauder, a longtime New York philanthropist, education activist and president of the World Jewish Congress, said he would pay for efforts to send free copies of Maus to all 53,794 people in McMinn County — including Goldberg.
Team Lauder said they worked with Ryan Higgins, owner of California-based comics Conspiracy, who originally went viral on social media promised to pay and deliver up to 100 copies of the book to everyone in the district.
“Mr. Higgins is a paragon of anti-hate leadership and I am deeply grateful to him for standing up to the faces of ignorance. I am proud to fund his incredible work and will also personally provide copies of ‘Mouse ‘ to Ms. Goldberg and the entire staff of The View,” Lauder said.