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Was Whoopie snubbed?

February 24th, 2011 · No Comments · Books, City Library

Anyone that is a fan of the TV show “The View” apparently got quite an earful about the New York Times on last Monday’s episode from co-host Whoopie Goldberg.

In an article that ran in the previous day’s paper discussing the Academy Awards, Whoopie Goldberg was not mentioned. Granted, not every African-American actor to have been given an award was mentioned by name, but as the article did mention many black actors and their various accomplishments in the film industry, you would think she should have deserved a mention. After all, when she won the award in 1990 (for “Ghost”), she was the first black woman in over 50 years to win. Not since 1939 when Hattie McDaniel received the Oscar for her role as Mammy in “Gone With the Wind” had the award been given to a black woman. And apparently Whoopie was the first black actress to receive two acting nominations overall. That’s quite an accomplishment!

In the Times’ rebuttal, they are quick to point out that the point of the article was not to name every black person that has ever won the award, but to highlight the number of winners before 2002 and the number since.

Is she overreacting? Does her 50+ films, two Oscar nominations career warrant inclusion in an article about black award winners and nominees? Or should she have just graciously ignored what she felt was a slight? After all, not every black film star was mentioned by name.

Read the article in question online and decide for yourself.

And if you just can’t get enough of Whoopie, check out her new book, entitled Is it just me? From cell phones to personal hygiene, hear Whoopie’s thoughts on how bad manners are taking over everywhere.

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