Davis quoted Harriet Tubman as she spoke of the need for more important roles for black women, while simultaneously praising her peers like Kerry Washington, Halle Berry and Taraji P. Henson for helping to open up doors for future generations.
"The only thing that separates women of color from anyone else is opportunity," said Davis. "You cannot win an Emmy for roles that are simply not there."
As moving as her words were, and as many goosebumps we got from them, Whoopi Goldberg revealed in a recent interview with BET that she doesn't understand or necessarily agree with Davis' thoughts on opportunity for women of color, because it doesn't really relate to her own career.
"I'm not sure what it means. Opportunity to do what? Do you know what I mean?" Goldberg said. "The truth of the matter is, there's [sic] been plenty of opportunities."
Goldberg goes on to cite Washington and her show, Scandal, as an example before saying, "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. It's not that the opportunity is not there, because we've had lots of opportunities."
Goldberg also theorized that Davis' Emmy will actually help women of color obtain more roles. "Everybody wants an Emmy," she said. "Studios... So they'll hire more black women."
Goldberg's opinion about Davis' speech was not well received by many on Twitter.
@BET Whoopi has been "New Black" for a while now. That's her view. She can run with it. Statistics and confessions prove otherwise.— Aanu not Anu (@jadedunni) October 8, 2015
@BET DELUSIONAL SELLOUT!— fran zgorski (@franbeard) October 14, 2015
But some stood in solidarity with Goldberg and sent tweets that backed up the host of The View.
@BET I think you are mischaracterizing what Whoopi said. She indicated she was not sure about the context and gave an answer based on HER— Ryan Lawrence (@GQ2021) October 13, 2015
@BET I was saying the same thing. Maybe Viola meant to say something else. I didnt get it either.— Dutches of DC (@DC_Dutches) October 8, 2015
@BET you can't say there's been plenty of opportunity & use Scandal as an example which is only three years old. But I get the argument.— Daneisha M. (@DuhKneeShuhh) October 8, 2015
Watch Goldberg's full statement in BET's tweet below.
Whoopi doesn't cosign Viola's Emmy Speech: "The Truth of the Matter is, there's been Plenty of Opportunity..." https://t.co/RzRbp8OCAk— BET (@BET) October 8, 2015
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