Whoopi Gets Snubbed By The Academy?
Feb 26 | by Natasha
Now I know some folks in the black community have "issues" with Whoopi Goldberg for whatever reason. But oh well. This needs to be said. Last night's Oscars program conveniently left out Whoopi Goldberg during their ALL ACADEMY AWARDS HOSTS MONTAGE clip. Yes, they also conveniently forgot Steve Martin as well, but I believe this exclusion of Whoopi stung because of the history she made while hosting the Oscars. She was the first woman ever to host the Academy Awards alone, as well as the first Black person ever to host the Awards show at all. Not only has she hosted once, but four times. She also made history by being the first black person to ever win all four of the major show business awards: The Academy Award, The Tony Award, The Emmy, and The Grammy. Not to mention being only the second black woman in history (after Hattie McDaniel) to even win an Oscar. For a program as esteemed as the Academy wants us to believe their awards are, this oversight of not even acknowledging Whoopi as a host of the program is unacceptable to say the least. Not only is this Black History month, but it was the 80th anniversary of the Awards show and in many ways last night, the writers made a point to showcase the history of its organization. But conveniently left out Whoopi. I happen to actually like Whoopi (who surprisingly is one of the best co-hosts The View has ever seen), despite whatever personal choices she has made that many people in the black community feel the unnecessary need to hold against her. However, this is 2008, and given that this country still acts like it's the early 1900's in many ways, we should protect and embrace our history so that we can pass it down through generations. Many people (especially younger generations) have no clue about the history Whoopi has made as a black woman in entertainment, and the fact no one has really even brought up the multitude of this snub speaks volumes. And if you watch The View or have followed Whoopi's career, you know that she rarely ever (if at all) lets situations emotionally affect her, especially not on national tv. But as you can see in the video above, when Whoopi's co-hosts brought up the snub and expressed their concern and confusion on how this could even happen to a woman who has made so much history in that very organization, she was moved to tears. The simple fact that she's the first black woman to step into the lead co-hosting role on one of the top rated daytime television shows (The View) right now is history in the making. Like it or not. I can only hope people can respect her accomplishments and give credit where its due. So I felt compelled to bring this whole situation to the attention of others and you do what you will with it. Just my $19.13.
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