“Why is this a conversation that we only have once a year?” Academy Award winner asks on “The View”
Whoopi Goldberg pulled no punches as she tore into the lack of diversity in this year’s Oscars nominations during Tuesday’s episode of “The View.”
“We have this conversation every year and it pisses me off because there are people — there’s not a lot of support for little companies who make movies more diverse than anyone else,” Goldberg said. “You can’t just look at it around Oscar time. You have to say, ‘I am mad,’ and don’t be surprised.”
“Why is this a conversation that we only have once a year?” she continued. “Every year we get all fired up and then the rest of the year nobody says anything.”
Guest co-host Sunny Hostin tried to interject statistics about the racial makeup of the Academy of Motion Pictures Arts and Sciences, but Goldberg jumped in.
“I make movies for a living. Let me tell you what the problem is,” Goldberg said. “It’s not that the people nominating are too white… The problem is the people who can be helping to make movies that have blacks and latinos and women and all that, that money doesn’t come to you because the idea is that there’s no place for black movies.”
Goldberg went on to say that until studios begin making movies like “The Avengers” with more diverse casts, the problem will persist.
“I am mad about this,” she said. “You know why? Because I would like to be one of those people saving the earth but they’re not coming to you.”
“So I’m not going to boycott, but I’m going to continue to bitch as I have all year round because I’m tired of seeing movies where no one is represented except a bit of the population, not all of it.”