On yesterday's episode of The View, Whoopi explained her sentiments by saying:
“I am embarrassed to tell you it hurt me terribly. I—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[…] This is not hidden information. And to these two critics—who are the head critics of the New York Times—maybe… it's hard not to take it personally."
She even brought out the big guns and placed her golden statue on the talk show's table for everyone to see.
The article written by Manohla Dargis and A. O. Scott mentions the names of the past decade's seven black Oscar winners spanning from Halle Berry's win for the film Monster's Ball to Monique's win last year for her performance in the film Precious.
The article even mentions historic winners Hattie McDaniel and Sidney Poitier, but no Whoopi.
Dargis wrote a slightly dismissive response in an e-mail to the New York Observer, saying:
"Like others, we were surprised and dismayed by the lack of racial diversity in the ten nominees for best picture; but, as we also wrote in our article, all of 2010 was notable for its lack of racial diversity. In order to provide some historical context, we took a look back at the representations of African Americans in American cinema, but our main focus was what has happened in the years since Mr. Washington's and Ms. Berry's historic wins. It's a shame that Ms. Goldberg and her co-hosts opted to concentrate on a perceived slight rather than address a far more urgent issue: the lack of racial diversity in contemporary American cinema."
What do U think?
Should Whoopi be whoopin' some butt or did she "concentrate on a perceived slight" of the article?
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