Oscars 2016: Whoopi Goldberg says Oscars aren't racist - she won once
Whoopi Goldberg has leapt into the Oscars diversity debate in defense of the Academy.
Speaking on The View, Goldberg responded to stars such as Will and Jada Pinkett Smith, and Spike Lee boycotting the awards, and the fact the Academy had vowed to double its number or women and "diverse members".
"The issue is not the Academy. 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," she said.
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Goldberg claimed an Oscar for best supporting actress for her role in the 1990 film Ghost, making her the first black woman to win the award in nearly 50 years, and the second black woman in all of Oscars history to win an acting award.
Which led her to claim: "I won once. So it can't be that racist".
"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," she said.
"You wanna boycott something? Don't go see the movies that don't have your representation. That's the boycott you want. To me, we have this conversation every year. It p***** me off."