Whoopi Goldberg on Oscar Flap: The Problem Is a Lack of Diversity in Hollywood as a Whole

By Melanie Arter | January 20, 2016 | 3:10pm EST
Actress Whoopi Goldberg (AP Photo)

“The View” co-host and actress Whoopi Goldberg weighed in on the controversy of a lack of diversity at the Oscars, including calls to boycott the awards, questioning why it was an issue now when there has always been a lack of diversity in Hollywood. 

“Why is this a conversation that we only have once a year? Every year we get all fired up, and then the rest of the year, nobody says anything. These movies have been coming out. We’ve been going to see them. I’m sure people notice when there’s lack of diversity in a movie, so why are we speaking about it now?” she asked.


Goldberg also pointed out that comedian Chris Rock is scheduled to host the event, so boycotting him “seems just as bad as what everybody’s saying.”

“Chris Rock is the host of the Academy Awards, and so to boycott him seems just as bad as what everybody’s saying. See, ‘cause for me…we have this conversation every year, and it pisses me off,” she said.

Goldberg added that there isn’t a lot of support for small companies who make movies that may be more diverse, but you can’t complain about it at Oscar time. She also explained that as a member of the academy, it’s possible to nominate anyone in any movie.

“Everybody who it is possible to nominate, anybody who was in a movie, you can nominate them. As an actor, I can nominate anybody who was in a movie, the same with the best movies. I can nominate any movie I want that’s on the list, and every movie is on the list, including Ride Along and Ride Along 2,” she said.

When View co-hosts questioned whether the problem is the lack of diversity of the people on the nominating board at the Academy Awards, Goldberg protested.

“No, no, no, I make movies for a living. Let me tell you want the problem is. It’s not that the people nominating are too white. They’re not looking at a movie and say, ‘Oh, that’s very white. I’m not going to nominate that black movie.’ They’re not sitting there like that,” she said.

The problem, according to Goldberg, is that “the people who can be helping 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.”

There has never been “a plethora of black movies,” Goldberg said, “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 added.

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