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Whoopi Goldberg undeservedly angry at the New York Times over black actor Oscars tally

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Whoopi Goldberg spouted about the New York Times on The View Monday, complaining that the paper omitted her name from a list of black actors who had won an Academy Award. Problem is, she didn't even read the story correctly, but hey, it's the media's fault, right?

On Monday's episode, Whoopi whined about a Manohla Dargis and A.O. Scott article called Hollywood's Whiteout, about the lack of black winners at the Oscars. She took exception to the following excerpt: "Real change seemed to have come to movies or at least the Academy, which had given statuettes to a total of seven black actors in the previous 73 years. After Mr. (Denzel) Washington and Ms. (Halle) Berry, there would be Jamie Foxx, Forest Whitaker (both Best Actors), Morgan Freeman (Best Supporting Actor), Jennifer Hudson, and Mo’Nique (Best Supporting Actresses)." Say, Whoopi said, where's the note about her winning Best Supporting Actress for 1990's Ghost? For shame!

"I am embarrassed to tell you it hurt me terribly," Whoopi said, according to Entertainment Weekly. "It's hard not to take it personally. People in Somalia know (I've won an Oscar); people in China know. You’re supposed to be better than this. This is not some newspaper from Hoochie-Coochie Land. Damn it, get your facts straight!" Elisabeth Hasselbeck was so outraged, she said she was cancelling her subscription to the paper. Wow, she reads?

Problem is, if you actually read the excerpt in question, it's talking about actors who've won since 2002, the year after Denzel and Halle won Best Actor and Best Actress. Last time we checked, 1990 was before 2002, so she was in the list of seven pre-2003 actors (which included Hattie McDaniel, Sidney Poitier, Louis Gossett Jr., Washington for Glory in 1989 and Training Day in 2001, Whoopi, Cuba Gooding Jr. and Berry).

"The error lies with those who are reading the story incorrectly," the Times said. "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."

So the Times isn't really the culprit after all. Maybe Whoopi can blame a vast, right-wing conspiracy or something. We certainly aren't betting that she'll apologize to the citizens of Hoochie-Coochie Land.

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[Last modified: Monday, February 14, 2011 5:43pm]

    

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