Whoopi Goldberg (2021)
American actor, author, and entertainer, Whoopi Goldberg, incurred the online wrath of both freemasons and masonophobes when she wore a Prince Hall masonic sweater on the Tuesday, 26 January 2021 episode of the daytime talk show, The View.
The next day she apologized on air:
"Before we get into the show, let me apologize. Yesterday I wore a sweater that apparently upset a lot of people. That was not my intention.
"I simply bought a sweater from the internet, and I will never wear it again, and that is all I can say. I still don't know what the connotations are or why people are upset, but I am not going to wear it again, OK? That's that."
Having starred in 1996's Ghosts of Mississippi it is difficult to understand how she would not be aware of Prince Hall Freemasonry. It is also difficult to understand why she felt obligated to apologize. An unbiased observer would assume that she was supporting friends or relatives who were freemasons, but online freemasons, and members of the Order of Eastern Star, accused her of misappropriating the emblem or being insensitive and disrespectful, while conspiratorial websites displayed such headlines as "Anti-Trump Whoopi Goldberg Caught Wearing Occult Masonic Sweater" and "Whoopi Goldberg Caught Wearing Masonic Sweater, Prompts Public Outrage"
"Whoopi Goldberg apologized after she was caught wearing a Prince Hall Masonic seal on her sweater during an episode of The View. The scandal represents a victory for free-minded Internet truthers who realize the role elite secret societies play in the world power structure."
Note the use of such words as "caught" or "exposed", implying some unspecified wrong-doing, or that she had previously hidden her masonic connexions.
Maurice Cassidy, newspunch.com, 28 January 2021.
Patrick Howley, www.winterwatch.net, 31 January 2021.
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