Whoopi Goldberg Criticizes New York Times Again
Whoopi Goldberg criticized the New York Times for a second time on Monday night, after the paper and one of its chief film critics said she had missed the point of an article whose omission of her 1990 Oscar win Goldberg said "hurt me terribly."
On Monday's episode of "The View," Goldberg laid into the Times because, in an article by film critics Manohla Dargis and A.O. Scott which criticized the lack of black nominees for this year's Oscars, no mention was made of her 1990 Oscar, which she won for her performance in "Ghost." Goldberg called it "sloppy journalism" and said that she felt "dismissed and erased" by the omission.
In response, a spokeswoman for the Times told Entertainment Weekly that "the error lies with those who are reading the story incorrectly. The point of the piece was not to name every black actor or actress who has been awarded an Oscar."
And Dargis emailed the New York Observer and defended her article. Dargis said that the "main focus" of the piece was what has happened since Denzel Washington and Halle Berry won Oscars in 2002.
"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," Dargis wrote.
In response, Goldberg refused to give ground. "You shouldn't have to read a story five times to get the meaning,"she told USA Today on Monday night. ""It's an erasure. I've made 50 movies, and no mention?"
Goldberg also repeated her charge that the Times piece was "sloppy journalism."