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Whoopi Goldberg criticizes DeRay Mckesson after tweets about alleged racist imagery in 'War for the Planet of the Apes'

DeRay Mckesson speaks at the GLAAD Gala at the Hilton San Francisco on November 7, 2015, in San Francisco, Calif.
DeRay Mckesson speaks at the GLAAD Gala at the Hilton San Francisco on November 7, 2015, in San Francisco, Calif. (Kimberly White / Baltimore Sun)

Actress and "The View" co-host Whoopi Goldberg has criticized Baltimore activist and educator DeRay Mckesson for his now-deleted Twitter comments about how new film "War for the Planet of the Apes" has used a character to mock him.

Earlier this week, Mckesson tweeted about a toy and recent poster for the film, where an ape is depicted wearing a blue vest that is similar to the activist's trademark vest. Mckesson drew comparisons, saying that it was dehumanizing and that he was offended.

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While many activists and Twitter users weighed in, outraged by the film's inclusion of the vested ape, others, including Goldberg, pointed to previous "Planet of the Apes" films which featured a character wearing a blue vest. Mckesson deleted the tweets, retracting the error, but Goldberg still spoke her mind on a Wednesday episode of "The View."

"DeRay, you need to go back and watch the 1968 original and check out what the apes were wearing," Goldberg said. "This has nothing to do with you. This is a movie about what happens when mankind doesn't pay attention to environment, to how we treat animals and each other. ... Get over yourself."

Mckesson responded on Twitter to Goldberg, tweeting, "If you have something to say, I'm here," and gave more explanation.

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

"After speaking with even more people about the history of the film, I deleted the tweets."

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