Whoopi Goldberg: Oscars “Can’t Be That Racist” Because “I Won” (VIDEO)
Whoopi Goldberg says the Oscars “can’t be that racist” because she once won. Check out the video below.
The Academy Award winner made the comment on Monday’s episode of “The View,” during a discussion about the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences’ new plans to increase diversity within its membership. As Gossip Cop reported, Goldberg was one of the stars last week to criticize the all-white Oscar nominations. Goldberg, who said she was “pissed” but would not boycott out of respect for host Chris Rock, argued however that the problem isn’t with the Academy but the lack of opportunities for black actors in Hollywood.
She again made that argument in this new “Hot Topics” segment. “Even if you fill the Academy with black and Latino and Asian members, if there’s no one on the screen to vote for, you’re not going to get the outcome that you want,” Goldberg said. She received her Best Supporting Actress Oscar for Ghost in 1991 and now noted, “I won once, so it can’t be that racist. I’ve been black the whole time.”
So the problem as Goldberg sees it is that black actors aren’t being featured enough in prime movie roles, decreasing the chance any will score an Oscar nomination. “If it’s not on the screen, you can’t vote for it,” said the star, who is one of the few to hold an EGOT (Emmy, Grammy, Oscar, and Tony). She further said, “You need directors and producers who will say, ‘Hey, what about so and so?’ They have to be aware that the picture is not complete.”
Goldberg, who last week said this shouldn’t be a topic only discussed “once a year,” now reiterated, “This fight is only going to go on if people recognize that there’s an issue. Not just during the Oscars, but during the year. If people say, ‘Hey, where is so and so? I don’t see this, I don’t see that,’ that’s what’s going to make the change. Not the Academy, it’s us.”
Watch the full comments from Goldberg and the other panelists below.