Whoopi Goldberg has defended the star-studded Oscars viewers for giving Will Smith a standing ovation after he smacked Chris Rock — saying that to name Hollywood sorts hypocritical “elites” is akin to racism.
The actress — who’s again on “The View” after her suspension for saying the Holocaust was “not about race” — got here to the protection Thursday of her celeb colleagues after they dismissed Smith’s onstage slap, along with her shrugging, “Stuff happens.”
Guest “View” co-host Tara Setmayer had been outraged by the ritzy viewers’s response, insisting there wants to be “a lot of self-reflection in Hollywood.
“They gave [Smith] a standing ovation,” she famous.
“Which goes back to why some people feel like Hollywood elites are a bunch of hypocrites,” added the present’s lone conservative voice.
Goldberg — who serves because the governor of the Academy’s Actors branch and received her personal Oscar in 1991 as Best Supporting Actress for the flick “Ghost” — shortly lower off her fellow host.
“I’m sorry, as one of those people, I’ve got to stop you,” Goldberg snapped.
“I just want to stop with all this ‘elite’ stuff, because a lot of us work for a living,” she mentioned, insisting that whereas “some are making millions of dollars,” that’s “not everybody” within the film business.
“And it actually pisses me off when folks begin to discuss individuals who work in Hollywood, not simply actors, however all the opposite people. … So, please, while you’re speaking about actors, be particular.
“If you’re pissed off about somebody or how they act, don’t put it on all of us — because that’s like saying all black people like chicken,” she mentioned, evaluating it to a crude racial trope.
Goldberg advised that the ovation, which included most of the greatest names in Hollywood, stemmed from the truth that “people just got up and did dumb stuff.”
“I wasn’t there, but I give the benefit of the doubt because I’ve been in these situations,” she mentioned defensively.
Smith jumped up from his seat and rushed Rock, a presenter, on stage on the awards present Sunday after the comic cracked a joke concerning the “Men in Black” celebrity’s spouse Jada Pinkett Smith’s baldness, which is brought on by alopecia.
Smith, who belted a surprised Rock within the face, acquired a standing ovation minutes later whereas accepting one of the best actor Oscar for the tennis drama “King Richard.”