Whoopi Goldberg Lashes Out at New York Times for 'Erasing' Her Oscar Win
12:38 PM PST 2/14/2011 by THR staff
Whoopi Goldberg is blasting The New York Times for not mentioning her Oscar win for 1990's Ghost in a recent article examining the lack of racial diversity among this year's Academy Award nominees.The article included Halle Berry, Denzel Washington and Morgan Freeman, all of whom won an Oscar after Goldberg. "I am embarrassed to tell you it hurt me terribly," she said on ABC's The View Monday. "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, and [I] have been dismissed and erased by the New York Times film critics, who should know better." Goldberg said not only is she 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. "This is not hidden information, and to these two critics, who are the head critics of the New York Times ... it's hard not to take it personally," she went on. "There's a lot of stuff that people say and do but this is sloppy journalism. "People in Somalia know [about my Oscar win]," she continued. "People in China know." In a statement, a Times spokesperson said Monday: "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."
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