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The New York Times Responds to Whoopi Goldberg’s Rant

Yesterday on The View, Whoopi Goldberg lost her mind when Barbara Walters brought up an article in the New York Times that seemingly left Goldberg out of a list of black actors who had won Oscars.

Goldberg lashed out at the paper, and co-host Elisabeth Hasselbeck canceled her subscription in protest. Goldberg claimed it was a travesty that the Times didn’t know she had won:

It’s hard not to take it personally. People in Somalia know; people in China know. You’re supposed to be better than this. This is not some newspaper from Hoochie-Coochie Land. Dammit, get your facts straight!

However, the piece in question, titled “Hollywood Whiteout,” by Manohla Dargis and A.O. Scott, seems to have been misread. This according to the Times, who issued a statement to Entertainment Weekly writer Ken Tucker, who covered the story early yesterday. The statement:

The error lies with those who are reading the story incorrectly. The point of the piece was not to name every black actor or actress who has been awarded an Oscar, it was to draw a comparison between the number who won prior to 2002 (the year Halle Berry and Denzel Washington won) and those who have won since.  And the story states very clearly that in 73 years, prior to 2002, only seven black actors/actresses won Oscars.

Well, isn’t that something? Maybe Goldberg should think – or read – twice before getting all crazy. After all, this is the New York Times, not the Hoochie-Coochie Land Daily.

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