Whoopi Goldberg Says The Oscars 'Can't Be That Racist' Because She Won Once

"The issue is not the Academy."

01/26/2016 09:20 am ET
  • Lily Karlin Associate Entertainment Writer, The Huffington Post

In a conversation on "The View" on Monday, Whoopi Goldberg shared her thoughts on the current conversation surrounding the lack of non-white Oscar nominees.

"The issue is not the Academy," Goldberg said, in reference to the organization's recent steps to try to double its "number of women and diverse members" by 2020. "Even if you fill the Academy with black and Latino and Asian members, if there’s no one on the screen to vote for, you’re not going to get the outcome that you want."

"I won once. So it can’t be that racist," she continued. "You need directors and producers who will say, ‘Hey, what about so and so?’ "They need to be aware that the picture is not complete."

Goldberg's comments come after ones made by high profile stars including Jada Pinkett Smith and Spike Lee calling for diversification of nominees, in particular response to the Academy's nods in the four best acting categories, which despite numerous viable film performances by non-white actors, have included only white performers for the past two years. Smith and Spike Lee have both chosen not to attend this year's award ceremony. 

"You wanna boycott something? Don't go see the movies that don't have your representation," Goldberg said on "The View." "That's the boycott you want. To me, we have this conversation every year. It pisses me off."

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