Whoopie Goldberg ripped Black Lives Matter activist DeRay McKesson after he said he was “offended & appalled” by a Planet of the Apes movie poster.

“Does the new Planet of the Apes poster have racially coded messages?Notice the #BlackLivesMatter symbolism.Notice the ape with the blue vest.”

McKesson is known for his blue vest, which he often wears during protest activities.

“Given the history of rendering black people as apes, I’m offended & appalled by the lack of consciousness in Hollywood,” McKesson then tweeted.

“In associating black people w/ apes, active work is being done to perpetuate the dehumanization of black ppl in mass media,” he later added in a comment that has apparently been deleted.

Goldberg then went on “The View” and said this:

“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!”


Now, with the #PlanetOfTheApes poster & toy, I was contacted by folks within Hollywood who thought there was an issue, hence those tweets.

“War for the Planet of the Apes” opens July 14th.