Whoopi Goldberg's Reason for Defending the Oscars Will Make You Pause

Whoopi Goldberg's Reason for Defending the Oscars Will Make You Pause

She says the Academy "can't be that racist."

Published January 26th

#OscarsSoWhite continued to be a hot topic on The View today, but this time Whoopi Goldberg shared an opinion that some are finding a little baffling. The actress and host, who won an Academy Award in 1991 for her role in Ghost, says the Oscars "can't be that racist" because she has one.

"The issue is not the Academy," Goldberg said while discussing the Academy's decision to double it's minority membership within the next five years. "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 the problem is the absence of Black actors in leading film roles. "You need directors and producers who will say, ‘Hey, what about so and so?’" Goldberg continued. "They need to be aware that the picture is not complete."

She added, "You wanna boycott something? Don't go see the movies that don't have your representation. That's the boycott you want. To me, we have this conversation every year. It pisses me off."

Well, most people don't think the small handful of Oscars the Academy has handed out to people of color over it's 88-year history is enough to absolve the institution of its responsibility towards diversity — not to mention, there were a number of films and actors who are not white deserving of nominations this year — but we see her point about the biggest change needing to come from filmmakers and studios. 

Will Smith and his wife Jada Pinkett Smith have been among the most vocal critics of the Oscars. See what they had to say on the subject with BET Breaks below:

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Written by Evelyn Diaz

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