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 […] Read the full post.


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  • Jenn

    Exactly, the article is about post-2002 Oscar winners. They didn’t mention Hattie Mcdaniel or Sidney Portier either. Dummy.

    • Who’s the Dummy?

      You obviously don’t read, either. They specifically mentioned Hattie McDaniel in the first paragraph! Why name call when you’re so grossly unable to comprehend the actual article?

  • Jeff

    As Ken quotes from the NYTimes article, the authors said seven total black actors have won Oscars in 73 years, which is wrong. It didn’t say seven have won since 2001. It said seven in 73 years, which would leave out, to name a few, Hattie McDaniel, Louis Gossett Jr., Sidney Poitier and Whoopi. The authors should not have said “a total of seven black actors in the previous 73 years,” but “a total of seven black actors in 10 years.”

    Whoopi is correct in expressing her dismay.

    • Dan

      Sorry, Jeff, you too are reading this completely wrong. Seven in the 73 years BEFORE Washington/Berry (which was 2001), and the named five in the years since then. It’s really not all that complicated a sentence.

    • Nik

      I totally agree!

      • Nik

        That is to say that I’m in agreement with Jeff on this one.

  • Nik

    Whoopi Goldberg deserves every mention as an Oscar winner, as does any Oscar winner! They all worked very hard to receive the one award during the year among the long list of movies and actors throughout that entire year. I’m not impressed with the NY Times for doing this and I won’t be looking at their paper any time soon!

    • Dan

      Yes, Nik, I agree that any article about the Oscars must list every winner who has ever won an Oscar, because they all worked very hard.

      • Richard Thomas

        I appreciate your mental clarity on all of this; which is rare these days in general.

    • Kandi

      I agree

  • Mel Gibson

    C’mon, it wasn’t RAPE-rape

    • Jenn

      lol

  • R U Serious

    So Elizabeth had to put her 2 cents in by blurting out she cancelled her subscription. Give me a break! Was that her way of getting people to join in her crusade. Way to go…Idiot!

  • francesca

    Did they also forget Cuba Gooding jr who won Best Supporting actor for Jerry Maguire???

    • Patrick Stewart

      I think we ALL want to forget that one

      • francesca

        hahahahahaha

      • francesca

        hahahaha

  • ari

    It sounds like Ken’s probably right; the first Academy Awards were held in 1929, making them 82 years old this year. The “previous 73 years” comment encompassed Whoopi’s Oscar (as well as that of the first black actor to win, Hattie McDaniel, for Gone with the Wind)

  • Justin

    lol i really doubt hasselbeck actually had a subscription to the times…

    • Erin

      me too. She just wanted some attention

      • G8rfan94

        She would have said the exact same thing if it was Jet magazine instead of NYT. Anything to get her 1.5 cents in. She isn’t smart enought for 2 cents.

      • G8rfan94

        HAHAH me either, apparently.. I mean, smart *enough*

  • Trigg Palin

    Whoopi Goldberg is a Black woman??!!!

  • For crying out loud

    I’m sure the people in China and Somalia have more to worry about than a stupid Hollywood actress’ award. She should be embarassed that it bothered her this much.

  • Brian

    Only 6 black actors had won Oscars before Halle and Denzel, so their story is just wrong no matter what.

    • Jake

      Why is this so hard to grasp…seven african American actors won a Oscar prior to the year Denzel and Halle had won:
      Hattie
      Poitier
      James Baskett (although this was a special award so the nytimes actually went out of it’s way to include an actor that did not win the main 4 acting awards)
      Louis gossett jr
      Whoopi
      Cuba
      Denzel (supporting actor)

      Whoopi was not slighted she was just pissed that an article that mentions black academy winners didn’t call her out…she is full of herself as evidenced by her telling us that she’s also one of 12 people that’s won the Oscar, Grammy, Tony and Emmy.
      She was also very upset the year the academy had a clip package of Oscar hosts and she was left off. For someone who says she doesnt care what people think of her she certainly cares when people don’t think of her

  • Jethro

    Just goes to show you that even though many of you got the article right, prior to Denzel and Halle’s wins, the only few to win oscars was far and few!

    Whoopi is known for controversy and likes to cause it, I place no relevance on anything she says.

    She will PROBABLY NEVER BE NOMINATED EVER AGAIN! She is a cancer in the business anyway!

  • Allen

    They misread the article. I read it this passed weekend and it was clear to me the writers were basing their argument on their suggestion that while a few black actors had won before Halle and Denzel, their wins seemed to suggest a real sea change once and for all. Whether that sea change actually occured is up for debate, but I don’t think the writers “forgot” Goldberg. I just think the View ladies, unsurprisingly, misread the piece.

    • pdxstomp

      But the piece then goes on to aknowledge previous black actors that have paved the way for the sea change of recent years, but giving credit to Hattie McDaniel, Sidney Poitier, and mentioning many non-Oscar winning black actors of past (Lena Horne, Dorothy Dandrige, Harry Belanfonte) and present (Will Smith, Tyler Perry) as being representative of this change. I can see how Whoopi would feel slighted by the omission. Whether it was factually correct not to include Whoopi in the context of the story, it could still be reasonable to be offended.

  • bon

    The headline should read: A Confused Whoopi Goldberg Gets Angry With New York Times

  • mom7801

    When the issue of the lack of black actors winning Oscars was posed to Will Smith, his response was that more black actors should join the Academy so they can vote. He and Jada are members. Several black actors have been nominated–some from movies with not big box office numbers–which is a VERY good thing. But now that indie films are on the Academy’s radar, there is more competition not just for the award itself but for a nomination.

    • reveala

      @mom7801–
      One does not simply sign up and join the Academy–one has to be INVITED to join. In past years, the criteria was actually winning an Oscar, or being nominated, but lately, to make it more youthful, they’ve been handing out more invites to those not necessarily craft-worthy (Jada Pinckett Smith).

      • sp

        reveala, You don’t have to necessarily , be invited to become an Academy member. For example, the non-acting Adam Sandler & Ryan Reynolds recently became members. We know they have never given Academy worthy performances. Every person that wants to become a member has to submit an application,and then they have to be approved by the Governor’s Branch of the Academy. Ellen Page was nominated for “Juno”, but she is not a member of the Motion Picture of Arts and Sciences.

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