The New York Times posted an article on Sunday titled "Hollywood's Whiteout," which examines the lack of racial diversity among this year's Academy Award nominees. Omitted from the article's list of past black Oscar winners? Whoopi Goldberg.
And she is really, REALLY pissed off about it.
Goldberg, who won a Best Supporting Actress Oscar for the 1990 film Ghost, blasted the Times today on her talk show The View, saying,
I'm embarrassed to tell you it hurt me terribly. When you win an Academy Award, that's part of what you've done, your legacy. I will always be Academy Award winner Whoopi Goldberg.
She then whipped out her actual Oscar statue while the audience cheered for no apparent reason other than being transfixed by the sight of gold.
Goldberg continued with a lengthy rant against the Times, saying it was hurtful to be "dismissed and erased" by the film critics: "I don't know what to say about what you've done. It's just, well I can say, is that you're sloppy in your work and you're supposed to be better than this."
Elisabeth Hasselbeck announced she had canceled her subscription to the Times in protest, presumably prompting widespread eye-rolls and exclamations of "Yeah right, like you really subscribed."
A spokesperson for The New York Times has responded to the criticism, saying,
The error lies with those who are reading the story incorrectly. The point of the piece was not to name every black actor or actress who has been awarded an Oscar, it was to draw a comparison between the number who won prior to 2002 (the year Halle Berry and Denzel Washington won) and those who have won since. And the story states very clearly that in 73 years, prior to 2002, only seven black actors/actresses won Oscars.
My take on the whole thing? I can see how the article was misinterpreted, but I am wholly unimpressed with Whoopi's talk show tantrum about it. I think the best thing that can happen at this point is for a Kanye-type meme to sweep the Internet, mocking her "I WILL ALWAYS BE ... " speech.
Whoopi vs The New York Times: whose corner are you in?
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