Whoopi Goldberg has been in hot water lately after making statements that many felt were offensive. The comedian apologized for saying that the Holocaust was not about race. Golberg was later suspended from The View over the ordeal.
Goldberg has a long history of blurring the lines between comedy and insensitivity. Whoopi was famously roasted by then-partner Ted Danson while he was in blackface. Whoopi has also been accused of appropriating Jewish culture in an attempt to further her career. The View host’s real name is Caryn Johnson.
Critics began to dig deeper into Whoopi Goldberg’s past in search of proof of her co-opting Judaism. They found just that in the form of a recipe for “Jewish American Princess Fried Chicken” from 1993’s “Cooking in the Litchfield Hills.” The Daily Mail reported on the strange cookbook entry.
“Send chauffeur to your favorite butcher shop for the chicken (save the brown paper bag). Have your cook 1) Melt equal parts oil and butter 3/4 deep in skillet over moderate heat.
2) Put flour, seasoned with remaining ingredients, into brown paper bag. 3) Rinse chicken parts and place in bag.
Then you tightly close top of bag (watch your nails) and shake 10 times.
Hand bag to Cook, go dress for dinner. While you dress, have Cook preheat oven to 350 degrees and brown chicken slowly in skillet. When evenly browned, have Cook place chicken in dish in oven. Have Cook prepare rest of meal while you touch up your makeup.
In about half an hour, voila! Dinner is served! You must be exhausted.”
The recipe certainly plays into many harmful stereotypes. Some will argue that you can’t bring up a decades-old recipe from an obscure cookbook to argue about Whoopi Goldberg’s cultural appropriation. Others say it’s just further proof that she’s been doing it for years.
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