Whoopi Goldberg criticizes 'New York Times' for not mentioning her Oscar; Hasselbeck cancels subscription in protest. UPDATE: The New York Times responds

Whoopi Goldberg bitterly criticized The New York Times on Monday morning’s The View for not mentioning that she had won an Oscar in a Sunday piece about the paucity of black actors who have won Academy Awards.

Goldberg, who won a Best Supporting Actress Oscar for the 1990 film Ghost, said, “I am embarrassed to tell you it hurt me terribly.” She was referring to a piece titled “Hollywood’s Whiteout,” written by film critics Manohla Dargis and A.O. Scott. The piece lamented the lack of Oscar nominations and wins for black actors, noting that Denzel Washington and Halle Berry had won Oscars nine years ago. “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,” the authors wrote. “After Mr. Washington and Ms. Berry, there would be Jamie Foxx, Forest Whitaker (both Best Actors), Morgan Freeman (Best Supporting Actor), Jennifer Hudson, and Mo’Nique (Best Supporting Actresses).”

It was Barbara Walters who raised the subject on The View, saying she was “troubled” by the omission of Goldberg in the piece.

Goldberg brought her Oscar onstage and put it on the View desk. She spoke of her pain “to have been dismissed and erased by the New York Times film critics.”

“It’s hard not to take it personally,” said Goldberg. “People in Somalia know [I’ve won an Oscar]; people in China know,” she said. Addressing the Times, Goldberg said, “You’re supposed to be better than this. This is not some newspaper from Hoochie-Coochie Land.” “Dammit, get your facts straight!” she concluded.

But I think there may be a misunderstanding here. The Times writers referred to black actors in the “previous 73 years” — i.e., before Washington and Berry’s 2002 win. The actors listed above were the ones who’ve won after that. Goldberg would have been among those previous, pre-2002 Oscar winners. True, the Times‘ phrasing is prolix, but not incorrect. My interpretation is echoed by the Times response below.

Elisabeth Hasselbeck said she had canceled her subscription to the Times in protest.

A spokesperson for The New York Times responded to EW:
“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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  • mariyn

    Woopi Goldberg is a bitter woman.

    • hc

      Seriously. If she was so embarrassed about being omitted then she should have not brought it up. I read the article – it wasn’t suppose to be a history of every African American that has ever won an Oscar. And I can think of few endorsements better for the NY Times than having Hasselback cancel her subscription. Based on her perpetually state of being un/mis-informed, I’d say she was reading it/having it read to her much anyway.

      • Becky

        If they did not mention Hattie McDaniel, then Woopie has not point, and she just just failed to understand the point of the writers.

      • Tim (@rural_juror)

        Uh, it’s not like Manohla Dargis & A.O. Scott broke into your house and stole your trophy, Whoop. Let’s try and keep things in perspective here. I understand your feelings were hurt, but until the authors come out and confirm that this was a malicious omission, let’s treat this as a case of “oops, I forgot ______.” K?

        Sidenote: The idea that Elizabeth Hasselbeck apparently subscribed to the NY Times is hilarious. What did she use it for, cage lining for pets? She probably can’t even make it through the New York Post!

      • Tatyanna

        When the article lists the “total of 7 black actors” who have received Oscars in the last 73 years and Whoopie is left out, it is more than an “oops”.

      • lesliemd

        Hasselbeck HAS a subscription to the NY Times? I’m floored by that admission.

        Why do I think her “cancellation” was just for effect?

      • Julia


        They didn’t forget Woopie. They mentioned 2002, when both Denzel Washington and Hallie Berry won best actor and best actress, respectivly. They then proceded to list the names of everyone who won AFTER 2002. Woopie won in 1990, and would not have been mentioned. However, she is in the list of 7 actors that won in the 73 years before 2002. The Times was correct in their article.

      • Mike S.

        NYTimes spokesperson: “And the story states very clearly that in 73 years, prior to 2002, only seven black actors/actresses won Oscars.”

        It states that clearly but is it correct? How many black actors won prior to 2002? I cout six:
        1963 Sidney Poitier Lilies of the Field
        1982 Louis Gossett, Jr. An Officer and a Gentleman
        1989 Denzel Washington Glory
        1996 Cuba Gooding, Jr. Jerry Maguire
        1939 Hattie McDaniel Gone with the Wind
        1990 Whoopi Goldberg Ghost

        But I may be missing someone. You know what would clear that up? If the names were listed in the article.

      • Simon Jester

        Presumably they are includeing James Baskett who was given an honorary award in 1948 for “Song of the South.”

        Either way, the Times shouldn’t have to list them; Whoopi should just learn to read more carefully.

      • Jason C.

        You’re forgetting the first black person to ever win an Oscar: Hattie McDaniels for Gone With the Wind.

        At any rate, maybe if Whoopi Goldberg had thought about someone other than herself maybe she would have noticed that none of the other pre-2002 black Oscar winners herself. Honestly, I think I would have noticed Sidney Poitier missing over Whoopi.

      • Jason C.

        Oops, sorry Mike, I just noticed that you didn’t have Hattie in order with the others. Actually, I think you’re right, there were only six prior to 2002, so they must be counting Baskett’s honorary award for his portrayal of Uncle Remus in Song of the South.

      • Lois

        Halle was the first to win BEST ACTRESS as stated in article. Whoopie won best SUPPORTING Actress. Article is correct

      • Payal

        Back when TalkSpot was on the Internet Air, John Carlson used to have a segment caleld the Bully Pulpit. He’d let a listener do a show. I did 3. I lined up the guests, did commentary, and also interacted live in the show’s chat room.I don’t think Whoopi can do this and her show will fail miserably. Worst of all is that she’ll blame everyone else for her alienating the listeners.

    • jmcg

      I watched this and Whoopi’s point was well thought out when Babs brought it up. I don’t really get what the NYTimes was trying to say with this article. How hard is it to note all the black people who’ve won oscars since its inception? There’s not that many.

      • LiberalDoucheBag

        their point was to show how few have won it since Denzel and Halle (they were the 1st to receive Best Actor & Best Actress. That is why they did not name any of the previous Black Americans that won prior to them. Did anyone see Cecily Tyson, or Sydney Portier?? Nope because that was not their point. They hoped real change would have occurred 9 years ago when Denzel and Halle won.

      • tori

        Actually their point was to congratulate the Academy for recognizing more and more African Americans in the recent years. They were saying that before Denzel and Halle won in 2002 (which was a pretty groundbreaking night) only 7 awards were given to African Americans, yet in the 8 years following that night, 7 more African Americans were awarded the Oscar.

      • Gia

        Sidney Poitier was the first person to win Best Actor, Denzel was the second. Halle was the first female

      • Gia

        *first African-American

      • @LiberalDoucheBag

        Cicely Tyson has never won an Oscar.

      • Jason C.

        Wow, I’m surprised by how many of you missed the point of this article, do Americans read anymore? The article was talking about how things seemed to be progressing and then you reach this year where the Oscars are “whiter” than they have been in years, and the year itself in movies is whiter than it’s been in years. The article is questioning whether things are in a backwards momentum or if this year there’s just an Academy. My biggest problem with Whoopi’s outrage, and the thing that she should feel most foolish about, is the fact that the article only mentioned 2 of the pre-2002 7 black Oscar winners. She’s so self aggrandizing that she couldn’t recognize that she wasn’t the only black Oscar winner not mentioned.

        And jmcg: to list all of the winners wouldn’t have served the purpose of the article. There’s no reason why people can’t do the research on their own rather than having all the facts handed to them on a silver platter.

      • Lois

        Whoopie won Best SUPPORTING actress, Halle was the First black woman to win Best ACTRESS, as article clearly stated

      • MattyB

        @JasonC: You don’t have stupid people in YOUR country? Most Americans are not represented by the self-involvement of The View cast (or most of the fame-obsessed dumbasses on unscripted American television). This is not about Americans; it’s about morons who can’t read. They have those everywhere (yes, including the USA). Thanks for being a snide prick, though. I guess that’s whay YOU’RE exporting.

    • cici217

      I thought Hasselpeck only read Highlights magazine?

      • oz

        and of course, The Tea Party Weekly Digest.

      • Mel

        Only with a reading aid……….

    • Floopa Bampbers

      I love you, Whoopi…but woman, please GET YOUR EGO IN CHECK! I mean really? This imagined slight kept you up at night? And how embarrassing that you were NOT slighted.

      • Zebula

        Ditto, Floopa! Whoopi’s little tantrum over this is what’s actually embarrassing.

    • Chaz Winterbottom

      Yeah but her family makes a helluva peanut chew.

    • ebonyjo

      Ummmm. Let’s see…You win the highest award in your craft and are omitted in the discussion about said win. Bitter is an understatement for what I’d be.

      • hc

        Then you need to get over yourself too. Just because the topic of discussion is African Americans that have won Oscars doesn’t mean it reflexively needs to catalogue every single Oscar that has been won by an African American.

    • jake

      I thought it was in bad taste for barbara walters to bring it up again to geoffrey rush. If the new york times felt that there were such few black actors — then it would seem that they would have at least space to mention those black actors that have won oscars.

    • RobNJ

      Says the woman who thinks Roman Polanski should be let off the hook.

      • Zebula

        Excellent point.

  • Stephanie

    She won her Oscar in 1991, not ’81. Just sayin’.

    • Ken Tucker

      Yes. That’s been fixed; thank you.

      • SteveStrifeX

        Points to Ken for giving editing credit in the comments. I’ve made editing comments on other EW articles twice before (Not from Ken), and the author fixes it and deletes my comment.

      • Kandi

        He mentions everyone but Whoopi. So all of you need to read it again.

      • Cassie

        The original article also left out Cuba Gooding Jr. and Louis Gossett Jr. so Whoopi was not the only african american oscar winner left out. All of those women on the View should learn to read and understand what the article is saying before they start making accusations. She may have felt upset that she was not mentioned but seriously she should just be happy to have an Oscar in the first place. Her performance was not that great. I think both Mary McDonnell for Dances With Wolves and Lorraine Bracco for Goodfellas were well more deserving than Whoopi that year.

      • R

        agree 100% w/ Cassie…Whoopi, your performance was amusing at best but not award-worthy…and an Emmy for The View?! Meredith and Rosie were much better moderators bc your entitled ass is just insufferable!

  • mark in nyc

    it’s cause of her Jewish last name. Jews can’t make it in Hollywood.

    • Ronnie

      jews run Hollywood ! duh !

      • @ Kevin

        Yeah, I think it was a joke.

      • Andrew

        Comments like that make you seem like a bigot.

    • Mel Gibson

      What he said.

    • Robert

      bigoted comments bring people down. Saying a group of people “run” a powerful institution is now racism? Wow what an insult

      • jodipo

        except only Anti-Semitic right wingers say things like that, because to them it IS an insult. Hollywood is full of evil scary liberals after all. So yeah, it was a bull(%* bigoted comment

      • LeeLee

        Oh for crying out loud! Most of the powerful people in Hollywood are Jews. It’s a fact. It’s not an insult. It’s not a praise. It’s a fact.

      • Levente

        @Robert @ Andrew You need to go see Spamalot on Broadway. One of their best and most hilarious musical numbers is on this topic. Lighten up.

  • Rebecca

    Ghost came out in 1990

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  • Todd

    Yeah maybe Whoopi should’ve realized she was one of seven left out and done some rethinking.

    • Kandi

      He mentioned everyone one but her.

      • John

        No he didn’t, he listed everyone who had one since 2002, not the 7 who won before that…

  • damian

    I’m pretty sure she won it in 1991, not 1981. I’m not so much a nazi when it comes to misinformation, except when it ages me a decade..lol

    • Steve Gaynor

      Whoopi won the 1990 Oscar for Best Supporting Actress which was awarded in March, 1991

  • margie

    I’m more surprised that Elisabeth had a subscription to that left-wing rag NY Times!

    • Becky

      What will her dog poop on?

      • Nick T

        Best comment ever.

      • Ian

        The dog can dump on any number of things that Hasselbeck pretends to read, but can’t really get through…

    • Ally

      I was more surprised she admitted she could read.

      • one-eyed man

        To be fair, just because she had a subscription, doesn’t mean she read it. I figure this was just an excuse to stop paying for something she doesn’t use anyways.

    • angela567

      exactly what i thought…lol

  • Brian

    I agree with Ken. It looks like Whoopi is the one that doesn’t have her facts straight.

    • Kandi

      Ken Did mention all but Whoopi.

    • LeeLee

      I’ll admit it. I don’t get it. I read it twice and I would’ve drawn the same conclusions as Whoopi (except there were more omissions). What happened to the word “since”? “Since 2002, only 7, blah, blah…” See that? no confusion.

      • LeeLee

        Alright. I take that back. I read it a 4th time. I now see the hidden image in the collage. (Still badly worded, tho.)

  • Craig

    As Ken says, they completely misread the article. They said there were seven in the previous 73 years prior to Washington and Berry winning. Not seven TOTAL over the history of the Oscars. I can’t believe no one on their staff picked up on that. That show almost every day gets something screwed up. I’ll look forward to their apology tomorrow.

    • SteveStrifeX

      Actually, there were only six (6) winners prior to Washington and Berry (though my source may be inaccurate). Sidney Poitier, Louis Gossett Jr., Denzel Washington, Cuba Gooding Jr., Hattie McDaniel, and Whoopi Goldberg.

      • Craig

        Yes I noticed that as well.

      • SteveStrifeX

        My guess is that the NYT meant something along the lines of “Before Washington and Berry, the past 73 years gave fewer Oscars to Black actors than in recent years, including seven (7) actors that are (among Washington and Berry), …” They phrased it horribly wrong, but I understand what they’re trying to say

      • Jenn

        Denzel Washington won prior to 2001 as well for Glory, so I guess he was counted twice.

      • Heather

        James Baskett won a Special Academy Award for playing Uncle Remus in Disney’s Song of the South, so that makes seven.

      • SteveStrifeX

        Ahhh, ok Heather, there’s the missing seventh, thanks

    • Kris

      Yeah me too, have no idea how she missed that. Did she not think it was odd that Sidney Poitier and Dorthy Dandridge weren’t mentioned either?

      • Kris

        Ignore the Dorthy Dandridge part, I just remembered that she was only nominated.

      • sally

        Sidney was mentioned – an entire paragraph in the article

  • Kiki

    The NYT article is confusingly (and poorly) written, but if Whoppi had read it closely, she would have seen it meant 7 black actors had won in the 73 years BEFORE Halle and Denzel won, and then went on to name the five black actors who had won SINCE Halle and Denzel. She was not slighted, just unnamed like the other 6 actors who won before Halle and Denzel. I guess the lesson here is to have the facts straight before you go on a tirade on national TV.

    • Dan

      Didn’t see “The View” but the article says that Barbara Walters brought it up and then Whoppie admitted that it bothered her. Although it was probably planned in a pre-show meeting, it doesn’t sound like Whoppie went on a “tirade” on national tv.

      • Dan

        Sorry: Whoppi not Whoppie (as in cushion)

      • Terry

        I’d say it was planned, unless Whoopi makes a habit of carrying her oscar around.

      • Kris

        LOL Terry, that made my day.

    • uber

      The article isn’t confusing, nor is it poorly written. It’s as clear as day what they mean.

    • Mavi

      Je ne connais pas la teqhuicne, je ne connais pas le zone syste8me.Un grand Jazz Man disait (Dizzy mais je n’en suis plus sur) qu’il savait que la musique e9tait bonne lorsque sont pied bougeait tout seul. Moi je suis un petit amateur de photographies mais quand je regarde vos photos et que je sent ce le9ger frisson dans mon dos alors je sais que je n’ai plus e0 faire e0 des images mais e0 des feneatres ouvertes sur le reave.

  • the_girl

    “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,”
    If they are saying that there are 7 Black actors who won Oscars before 2001, then Whoopi simply misread and misunderstood their statement.

  • Joseph

    Is anyone else surprised that Elizabeth Hasselbeck subscribed to the Times?

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    • Gary

      She subscribes so she can read the ads.

    • Jack2211

      Awesome. Er, the Times does have a scent critic. Maybe she thinks that means it will smell nice, like febreeze.

  • PJ

    Whoopi’s laziness has finally caught up to her – ranting about something without reading the article correctly. She looks pretty foolish now…well, even more so than usual.

    • Liza

      Whoopi looks like an ass — make that a big baby ass — in this situation.

    • cici217

      her ego has landed

  • sharon

    Goldberg is a pone tony stan. Other than that, she said the times.

    • Jean Genie

      Whoopi & Hasselbeck are both crybaby drama queens. ‘Nuff said on my part.

  • Dan

    Whoa, slow down, ladies, and READ. The Times properly marked Washington and Berry’s same-year Best Actor and Best Actress wins as a watershed moment, then correctly stated that only seven black actors had won before then (none of whom were named) and listed by name the actors that had won after then. No oversight, no slight, completely accurate. Perhaps Whoopi would have preferred the article to read, “which had given statuettes to a total of seven black actors (one of whom was Whoopi Goldberg) in the previous 73 years,” but the Times did in fact get its “facts straight.” I bet they’ll really miss Hasselbeck as a subscriber, though.

    • Tammy

      you are correct….. I thought it was the fact they didn’t say 12 have won but if you add up those mentioned after Denzel and Halle, you get 12.

      Still the article was confusing and I wonder if any of them read it completely.

      • Cathy

        The NY Times is putting the onus on the reader; if it’s written in such a way that a number of people got it wrong, then it wasn’t really written well enough. And of course The View segment was planned. I think a better course of action would have been if Whoopi or Barbara had talked to the NY Times directly, versus airing their grievances on air.

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