Whoopi Goldberg, who sits on the Motion Picture Academy’s Board of Governors, is now changing her story about why Will Smith was not ejected from the Oscars after his unprovoked assault on the much-smaller Chris Rock.
On Tuesday, while co-hosting The View, Goldberg made no secret of the fact that the reason Will Smith was allowed to remain in his seat was … skin color:
“The thing I also need to tell people is the reason no one got up to comfort Chris is that they weren’t going to let anybody else on the stage … There were people there for Chris,” Goldberg said.
“The reason people got up and went over to [Smith] is because I think a lot of people thought, ‘Oh my God, is he having a break? Do we need to get him out? What do we need to do?’ The reason they didn’t go and take him out is because that would have been another 15, 20-minute explanation of why we’re taking the Black man out five seconds before they’re about to decide whether he’s won an Oscar or not,” she added. [emphasis added]
Goldberg then admitted that she believed Oscar producer Will Packer made the correct decision in allowing Smith to stay:
Goldberg said that Packer made “the right decision” to let the show play out so that the situation could be dealt with later.
It’s all right there… And Whoopi is not some bystander. She sits on the Board of Governors, and she’s telling everyone that Will Smith was allowed to remain in his seat after committing an assault because of his skin color.
She also said that was the “right decision.”
Well, what a difference a few days makes… What’s happening now is what I told you would happen Monday. The outrage has grown as people processed how indefensible, ugly, entitled, and outrageous Will Smith’s assault was. And now, in the face of this growing outrage, especially against the Academy, Whoopi is changing her story.
Here’s what she said Thursday on The View:
After media reports came out today suggesting
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