Joshua Malina doesn’t compare Whoopi Goldberg to Mel Gibson

Joshua Malina doesn’t think Whoopi Goldberg is anti-Semitic — especially not compared to Mel Gibson.

“For me, there’s a bad person who hates Jews, and then there’s Whoopi Goldberg, who misspoke or needed to clarify or educate or discuss,” the former exclusively shared. from “Scandal”, 56, to Page Six.

“She gets a two-week suspension. [from ‘The View’]and he [Gibson], every time I turn on my computer, it plays in a new movie. Apparently, he’s potentially going to make “Lethal Weapon 5″. Let’s focus on the worst. I find it appalling.”

Goldberg came under fire when she insisted on “The View” last Monday that the Holocaust was “not about race” but about “man’s inhumanity to man.” The 66-year-old ‘Sister Act’ star later apologized on social media and on the ABC talk show, where she spoke with Anti-Defamation League CEO Jonathan Greenblatt. before his suspension.

Gibson, for his part, has a history of making anti-Semitic, racist and homophobic comments as far back as the 1990s. The ‘Braveheart’ star, also 66, told a police officer during a DUI stop in 2006 that “the Jews are responsible for all the wars in the world”. He later apologized and blamed the remark on alcohol.

Malina, who co-hosts a podcast with Rabbi Shira Stutman titled “Chutzpod! sees a huge difference between the two transgressions.

“I didn’t hear what Whoopi said and thought, ‘He’s an anti-Semite. He’s someone who doesn’t like Jews. I just thought she was gone,’” explains he.

“My initial take was that I think there’s a lot of nuance to the discussion, ‘What is race?’ I know I swabbed my cheek and sent it off to some company and came back to 89% Ashkenazi Jew so I know it’s not just a religion but I know you can convert to Judaism I am married to a woman who has converted.

Katie Lowes, Joshua Malina and Guillermo Diaz in
Malina played Attorney General David Rosen in “Scandal.”
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In December, Malina wrote a strongly worded essay for The Atlantic criticizing Warner Bros. for hiring Gibson to direct the latest installment in the “Lethal Weapon” series.

The former ‘West Wing’ star says he forgot that Toby Emmerich, the son of a prominent art dealer who fled Nazi Germany, is the film studio’s president.

“I know him a bit personally, and he’s a good person,” Malina shares, “and I think he’s in a position where the bottom line constantly weighs on you, but if I had thought about that while I was writing him, I would have addressed him directly and [said]’Please reconsider.’

“You have this power to amplify someone, to employ them and to give them legitimacy. ‘Cause there’s some kind of momentum where [it’s like]’Oh, [Gibson has] just did “Hacksaw Ridge”. He is back. He was forgiven. He’s fine now. And the more jobs he gets, the better he will look.

Dule Hill, Allison Janney and Joshua Malina on
Malina played speechwriter Will Bailey on “The West Wing.”
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Malina currently stars in the Netflix miniseries “Inventing Anna” about notorious German fake heiress Anna Sorokin. He plays a wealthy businessman, with all of his scenes taking place on a yacht.

The actor jokes that as soon as he heard ‘Scandal’ boss Shonda Rhimes was working on it, “I read it closer thinking, ‘Are there any middle-aged Jews in there?'” And it didn’t take him long. to eagerly say yes to the glamorous mission.

The Scarsdale native admits he was very lucky in his career to have friends like Rhimes, 52, and Aaron Sorkin cast him in ‘A Few Good Men’ on Broadway right out of college of Yale.

“When I fall in the dumps or get discouraged, I remember how lucky I was and [remember to] recognize it,” he said. “Being grateful is important to me. It’s easy to become bitter in this career, even with some success. When things go wrong, it’s easy to say to yourself, ‘Why did I do this? I didn’t of breaks and I know what I can do. And so I’m constantly reminded of how far ahead of the game I am.”

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Malina also starred in “Sports Night”, written by her friend Aaron Sorkin.
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One thing Malina has had to deal with in recent years is a torrent of anti-Semitism on social media. He even got help from the ADL with disturbing messages left on his phone.

“Strangers who say the vilest things. “They should turn you into a lampshade, put you in an oven.” People will say anything because they are anonymous,” he says. “Usually when I say something about Mel Gibson everyone doubles over and I get hit with anti-Semitism, which kind of proves my point, to be honest.

“I’m used to people [saying], ‘You are ugly, you have no talent, you are terrible.’ Actually, it amuses me, but real anti-Semitism isn’t that much fun.

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