Whoopi Goldberg Livid Over Inaccurate New York Times Oscars Article
Uh-oh, Whoopi’s mad — and you know what that means: Run for your life!
The View’s Whoopi Goldberg is angrier then a Justin Bieber fan at an Esperanza Spalding concert after she became the glaring omission in a New York Times article over the weekend. Over the weekend, The Times — without question one of America’s most respected publications — penned an article examining the — er — lack of color in this year’s Academy Award nomination, but quickly attracted the ire of detractors after it botched a series of a facts about the history of people of color and the Oscars.
And during Black History Month no less. How rude!
In the piece entitled “Hollywood and the Year of the Whiteout,” published on Sunday, Feb. 13, writers Manohla Dargis and A.O. Scott claimed that in the past 73 years, only seven black actors have won Oscars. They referenced triumphs by the likes of Halle Berry, Denzel Washington, Jamie Foxx, and acting legend Sidney Poitier, who made history in 1963 when he became the first Black man to win a statuette for Best Actor in Lillies of the Field. In reality though, there were actually 13 previous Oscar winners in the acting categories. Goldberg became one of them when she claimed the Best Supporting prize for her role as sassy medium Ola Mae in 1989’s Ghost.
And she’s terribly upset over being slighted in the article, which she calls a glowing example of sloppy journalism, as demonstrated by her rant on The View Monday.
“I am 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 fumed.
“Not only am I an Academy Award winner, I have made over 50 films; I have been nominated twice – once for The Color Purple, once for Ghost – and I won for Ghost. I am told that I am one of the 12 (artists in history) of what they call the EGOT (stars who own an Emmy, a Grammy, an Oscar and a Tony Award),” Whoopi continued. “It’s very hard not to take it personally, but this is sloppy journalism because this is not a hidden thing. Everybody kinda knows. People in Somalia know, people in China know, because I am a worldwide person who’s known… It was 50 years between (Gone With The Wind star) Hattie MCDaniel, the first black woman to win, and me. So this omission, I don’t know what to say about what you’ve done. You’re sloppy in your work, you’re supposed to be better than this, this is the New York Times… It hurt… Get your facts straight.”
The New York Times responded with a statement of its own late Monday. Speaking to Entertainment Weekly, the newspaper explained that they were only looking at Black Oscar winners post-2002: saying they simply were focusing on black winners post-2002: “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.”