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Whoopi Goldberg disagrees with Viola Davis’ Emmy speech

LOS ANGELES - SEP 20: Viola Davis at the Primetime Emmy Awards Press Room at the Microsoft Theater on September 20, 2015 in Los Angeles, CA (photo credit: Helga Esteb /

The Emmy drama continues.

It’s no secret that “How to Get Away With Murder” actress Viola Davis ruffled a few feathers last month after accepting the award for Best Actress at the 2015 Emmy Awards. It was during her acceptance speech, that Davis addressed racial inequalities facing women in Hollywood. “You cannot win an Emmy for roles that are simply not there,” she said. “So here’s to all the writers .. people who have redefined what it means to be beautiful, to be sexy, to be a leading woman, to be Black.” Davis continued as the crowd rose to their feet. Over the following week, celebs and activists praised Davis for her words; except for a handful of stars that now includes Whoopi Goldberg.

In a recent interview with BET, “The View,” co-host expressed an altogether different opinion on the matter. “Well, I’m not sure what it means. Opportunity to do what?” she questioned, referring to Davis’ statement that the only thing separating women of color is opportunity. “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, OK? 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 went on to say that because Davis won, she thinks there will be more women of color on TV. And while we tend to agree, Goldberg went on to imply that she wasn’t exactly sure what Davis meant in her speech. In fact, taking a stand like Davis did, doesn’t always translate in the best light. Not that Goldberg is a stranger to controversy, of course — it seems to be a resounding theme among all the women of “The View.” But despite the continued drama, we doubt Davis will lose any sleep over these new sentiments.

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