Black Lives Matter pushed the horse in front of the cart today when he suggested in two now-deleted tweets that the filmmakers behind War Of The Planet Of The Apes dressed one of the apes in a blue jacket to make fun of people of color. Whoopi Goldberg was having none of that and responded in turn on an episode of The View.
The co-host of the popular talk show, while discussing the activist’s claims during the “Hot Topics” segment on the series, took the time to school him on where the idea of the image came from.
The audacious host taught him a lesson in humility at the same time.
Lmao Whoopi had time for DeRay today ??? pic.twitter.com/oDZ6nmEUFT
— Zesty Ice Kareem? (@TheChocoOtter) July 12, 2017
In DeRay’s original tweet, he wrote, “Given the history of rendering Black people as apes, I’m offended and appalled by the lack of consciousness in Hollywood. In associating Black people with apes, active work is being done to perpetuate the dehumanization of Black people in mass media.”
Whoopi didn’t agree with his accusations one bit, and the host didn’t hesitate in explaining the origin of the images.
.@WhoopiGoldberg, if you have something to say, I'm here.
— deray mckesson (@deray) July 12, 2017
She said, “DeRay, you need to go back and watch 1968 original and check out what the apes were wearing. This has nothing to do with you. This was a movie about what happens when humanity doesn’t pay attention to the environment, to how we treat animals and each other. Get over yourself!”
DeRay made sure he got the last word on Twitter where he told the Oscar winner he would wait around for her if she had anything to say to him. However, in the end, he realized that he was wrong. The activist tweeted he now understands that after he had talked to some people in Hollywood who knew a thing or two about the film, McKesson realized he jumped the gun.