‘The View’s’ Whoopi Goldberg Disagrees With Matt Damon: Sexuality ‘Has Nothing to Do With What My Abilities Are’ (Video)

“People tell your business whether you tell your business or not,” the Oscar-winning actress says in response to “The Martian” star’s recent comments about gay thespians

Last Updated: September 29, 2015 @ 3:29 PM

Whoopi Goldberg used “The View” on Tuesday to weigh in on Matt Damon‘s controversial comments about actors keeping their sexuality private for the sake of their craft, and she doesn’t agree.

“I played a gay woman, in ‘Color Purple,’ a man in ‘The Associate’ and we’re actors,” Goldberg said during the ABC daytime talk show. “We’re supposed to be able to play everything and play it convincingly. So, I don’t think whether you know, or think or believe I’m gay has nothing to do with what my abilities are. As an actor that’s how I feel.”

“People out you,” she continued. “People tell your business whether you tell your business or not. in terms of mystique and all of that stuff, you know, you used to be able to make that choice for yourself.”

Damon received serious backlash after he seemed to say that gay actors would be better off staying in the closet during a recent interview.

“I think you’re a better actor the less people know about you period. And sexuality is a huge part of that,” he said. “Whether you’re straight or gay, people shouldn’t know anything about your sexuality because that’s one of the mysteries that you should be able to play.”

The discussion on his comments came up in reference to Damon’s new movie “The Martian,” in the wake of NASA announcing that water has been discovered on Mars.

“I personally would love to move to another planet before we trash this one like in the movie ‘Wall-E,” co-host Raven-Symoné said. Michelle Collins then said that inhabitants of another world would worship her co-panelist, to which Raven-Symoné replied, “I would be an amazing ruler.”