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Whoopi Goldberg Blasts 'New York Times' For Not Mentioning Her Oscar

Whoopi Goldberg criticized 'The New York Times' on Monday for not mentioning that she had won an Oscar in its story about black actors who have won Academy Awards.

"I am embarrassed to tell you it hurt me terribly," Goldberg said on 'The View' as she spoke about the article titled 'Hollywood's Whiteout'.

The piece lamented the lack of Oscar nominations and wins for black actors as it noted that Denzel Washington and Halle Berry (photosHalle Berry photos) 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," film critics Manohla Dargis and A.O. Scott wrote. "After Mr. Washington and Ms. Berry, there would be Jamie Foxx, Forest Whitaker, Morgan Freeman, Jennifer Hudson, and Mo'Nique."

The article didn't name all the black actors who had won awards, and only those since Denzel Washington and Halle Berry, but that seems to appeared to have eluded Whoopi and the rest of the women on 'The View'.

Goldberg even brought her Oscar for the discussion and put it on the desk as she spoke of "being dismissed and erased by the New York Times film critics."

"It's hard not to take it personally," she continued. "People in Somalia know I've won an Oscar; people in China know. The New York Times is supposed to be better than this. This is not some newspaper from Hoochie-Coochie Land. Dammit, get your facts straight!"

Barbara Walters chimed in that she was "troubled" by the omission of Goldberg and Elisabeth Hasselbeck claimed she had cancelled her subscription to the paper in protest.


The New York Times has released a statement about the misunderstanding.

"The error lies with those who are reading the story incorrectly," it says. "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."

February 15, 2011 |

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