Whoopi Goldberg Responds to Rebuttal by New York Times

February 16th, 2011 - 3:20 am ICT by Angela Kaye Mason  

Feb 15 (THAINDIAN NEWS) The New York Times recently published a story about African Americans and the Oscars, which upset Whoopi Goldberg to no end, because she was not mentioned despite the fact that she too is an Oscar winner for her part in the movie “Ghost”.

On the television show ‘The View’, which Whoopi co-hosts she told viewers, “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. This is not hidden information. …. It’s hard to not take it personally. People in Somalia know. People in China know,” she added. “I know it’s hard to believe, but I’m a worldwide person who’s known.”

Although NYT clarified the story, Whoopi is still not happy. According to the New York Times in a statement to Entertainment Weekly, “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.”

But Whoopi shot back with a rebuttal of the rebuttal. The actress told ‘USA Today’, “You shouldn’t have to read a story five times to get the meaning. It’s an erasure. I’ve made 50 movies, and no mention?” She went on to call it “sloppy journalism.”

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