Whoopi Goldberg: ‘The Oscars can’t be that racist because I won one’

Oscar-winning 'Ghost' actress shared her views on the #OscarsSoWhite controversy

Whoopi Goldberg has shared her thoughts on the #OscarsSoWhite controversy, arguing that the Academy “can’t be that racist” because she is a former winner.

For the second consecutive year, all 20 acting nominees for Hollywood’s most prestigious prize, the Academy Awards, are white. Speaking on US daytime talk show The View, Goldberg argued that the blame lies with film-makers who fail to cast non-Caucasian actors rather than those who vote for the annual awards.

“I won once. So it can’t be that racist,” Goldberg said, referring to her Best Supporting Actress win in 1991 for her performance in Ghost. “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.”

“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 [without non-Causasian actors],” Goldberg added.

She also suggested that high-profile figures who have announced they will be boycotting next month’s awards ceremony, such as Will Smith and wife Jade Pinkett Smith, are fighting the wrong battle.

“You wanna boycott something? Don’t go see the movies that don’t have your representation,” said Goldberg, who hosted the Oscars four times between 1992 and 2002. “That’s the boycott you want. To me, we have this conversation every year. It pisses me off.”

Meanwhile, Ian McKellen has also shared his views on the ongoing debate about Hollywood diversity, suggesting that the film industry “disregards” gay people too.