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Whoopi Goldberg made it clear on Tuesday’s The View that she was upset about the Oscars’ lack of nonwhite acting nominees, but the actress and View co-host insisted there are larger issues behind the lack of diversity in Hollywood.
“We have this conversation every year, and it pisses me off,” Goldberg said. “There’s not a lot of support for little companies that make movies that may be more diverse than anything else, but you can’t bitch about it just at Oscar time…I am mad! So don’t be surprised.”
Goldberg went on to explain that it’s not that the Academy members are deciding whether or not to vote for something based on whether they feel like it’s a white movie or a black movie. Instead, she argued, the issue is that there aren’t enough movies with diverse casts getting financed and made.
“I make movies for a living. Let me tell you what the problem is. It’s not that the people doing the nominating are too white. They’re not looking at a movie and saying ‘That’s very white.’ ‘I’m not going to nominate that black movie’ … The problem is, people who can help to make movies that have blacks and Latinos and women and all that, that money doesn’t come to you because the idea is that there’s no place for black movies,” Goldberg said in an exchange with guest panelist Sunny Hostin that grew increasingly heated. “If there’s more than two black people in a movie, I’m telling you…. There has never been, in the history of movies, a plethora of black movies made because people believe we don’t want to see movies with black people in them. So until you start making movies like The Avengers where you see more than 70 white folks saving the Earth. And I am mad about this, you know why, because I would like to be one of those people saving the Earth, but they’re not coming to me.”
She predicted that the Oscars would continue to have a diversity problem “until there are more movies made with people of color,” and she urged people to “make a stink all year, not just once a year but all year.”
She also said she doesn’t think it’s right to boycott the Oscars, with Chris Rock hosting the show, and she won’t be doing so.
“Boycotting doesn’t work, and it’s also a slap in the face to Chris Rock. I find that also wrong. So I’m not going to boycott, but I’m going to continue to bitch, as I have, all year round, because I’m tired of seeing movies where no one is represented except a bit of the population,” Goldberg said.
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