This surprises me… when Whoopi Goldberg caught wind of Black Lives Matter activist DeRay McKesson’s racially-based criticisms of the new Planet of the Apes movie, she wasn’t having any of it!
Now… we’ve covered Whoopi here a time or two for her very out loud Liberal ways but I got to hand it to her on this one, she simply wasn’t going to let this one slip by her radar.
McKesson responded to a Twitter message posted by “Anti-Racism Strategist” Tariq Nasheed that read: “Does the new Planet of the Apes poster have racially coded messages?Notice the #BlackLivesMatter symbolism.Notice the ape with the blue vest.” It should be noted he’s apparently known for wearing a blue vest… OK…
“Given the history of rendering black people as apes, I’m offended & appalled by the lack of consciousness in Hollywood,” McKesson tweeted.
“In associating black people w/ apes, active work is being done to perpetuate the dehumanization of black ppl in mass media,” McKesson wrote in a separate tweet that appears to have since been deleted.
Whoopi, however, actually said something on her SHOW! Not just cowering behind social media…
“DeRay, you need to go back and watch the 1968 original and check out what the apes were wearing. This has nothing to do with you,” Goldberg said. “This was a movie about what happens when mankind doesn’t pay attention to the environment, to how we treat animals and each other. That’s what that movie was about… Get over yourself!