Whoopi Goldberg: Viola Davis Wrong, Plenty of Opportunities for Black Women

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The View co-host and moderator Whoopi Goldberg disagrees with actress Viola Davis, who said during September’s primetime Emmy awards opportunities for black women are few and far between.

“The only thing that separates women of color from anybody else is opportunity,” said Davis, after becoming the first black woman to win an Outstanding Lead Actress in a Drama Emmy, for her role on for How to Get Away With Murder.

“You cannot win Emmys with roles that are simply not there,” added the actress, who also quoted slavery abolitionist Harriet Tubman during her remarks.

The speech was praised by TV fans all over, however E! News reports Whoopi Goldberg told disclosed during a recent interview with BET she was taken aback by Davis’s comments.

“Well, I’m not sure what it means. Opportunity to do what?” said Whoopi.

She added: “The truth of the matter is there’s been plenty of opportunity. I mean, Scandal. Let’s just start with that. Kerry Washington is there and she’s working her booty off, okay?”

“But they didn’t vote for her. So, maybe the question is, what do you have to do to get voted on? That’s the thing,” concluded Goldberg.

Watch Viola Davis’s Emmy speech below:


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