New York Times Clarifies Oscar 'Whiteout' Numbers, but Whoopi's Still Mad

Story didn't claim to list every black Oscar winner.

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Yesterday, Whoopi Goldberg was outraged that a New York Times story on lack of diversity in Academy Award winners ignored her award for Ghost.

But a spokesperson for the New York Times explained to Entertainment Weekly, "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."

Goldberg was not moved. "You shouldn't have to read a story five times to get the meaning," she told USA Today on Monday night. "It's an erasure. I've made 50 movies, and no mention?" She repeatedly called the reporting “sloppy journalism."

You actually don't have to read it 50 times to understand that. It might be time to let this one go, Whoopi. Or you'll be remembered more for this baseless outrage than you are for any rewards you've received.

Read more at the Huffington Post.

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