13-whoopi-viola.w529.h529Normally “bish where?” wouldn’t be the appropriate response to a woman as accomplished and respected as Whoopi Goldberg, but something about her recent interview with BET is just a tad — how do you say — Off.

A correspondent asked “The View” co-host what she thought about Viola Davis’ inspiring speech during the Emmy Awards when she accepted her win for Best Lead Actress in a Drama Series and proudly proclaimed: “The only thing that separates women of color from anybody else is opportunity.” Based on her answer, we can guess Whoopi wasn’t one of those women sitting at home reveling in black girl sisterhood, as she told BET:

“I’m not sure what that means. Opportunity to do what? You know what I mean?  The truth of the matter is, there have been plenty of opportunities. Look at Scandal. Kerry Washington is there and she’s working her booty off. But they didn’t vote for her. So maybe the question is, ‘What do you have to do, to get voted on?’ Not that the opportunity is not there. We’ve had lots of opportunities. See now there will be more parts, more dramas because Viola won an Emmy award. The truth is everyone wants an Emmy, the studios, everyone! So they’ll hire more Black women.”

So Whoopi doesn’t get that, in 2015, it’s a shame that a black woman finally took home the Emmy for best lead in a series and that it’s going to take her win for there to be more television parts for us? Or that regardless of Halle Berry’s Academy Award win in 2002, Hollywood is still reluctant to put too many black leads on the big screen? Someone’s been out of the audition process and in their comfy contracted chair for too long.

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