After Viola Davis’ historic Emmy win, she gave a stirring speech about the lack of opportunities for diverse roles in Hollywood. The speech touched many celebrities and fans alike, but Whoopi Goldberg recently said she disagrees with the sentiment.
Davis made history, becoming the first black woman to win an Emmy for best drama series actress, and during the speech, Davis criticized Hollywood for not giving actors from diverse backgrounds opportunities for roles.
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“The only thing that separates women of color from anybody else is opportunity,” the How To Get Away With Murder actress said. “You cannot win an Emmy for roles that are simply not there.”
However, during an interview with BET Goldberg said that there were plenty of opportunities.
“Well, I’m not sure what it means. Opportunity to do what?” Goldberg asked. “Do you know what I mean? 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.”
Goldberg also went on to say that there will likely that there will likely be more women of color on television after Davis’ win.