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Humility: It’s What’s For Dinner

Whoopi Goldberg, during dress rehearsal at Com...

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I love Whoopi Goldberg.  When I was three or four, I saw a clip of her pretending to be a little girl who wore a pillowcase on her head because she wanted “long, luxurious blond hair.”  I would crack my mom up by walking around the house wearing a pillowcase on my head because I wanted long hair, too.

I watch “The Color Purple” at least once a year (usually two or three times), and watching either “Sister Act” movie is probably really annoying with me because I say all of the lines aloud.

My mom likes Whoopi Goldberg, too.  Growing up, we had a huge “Ghost” movie poster at the top of the stairs in my house (along with a “Five Heartbeats” poster for some odd reason).

Why am I telling you these (mostly embarrassing) tidbits?  Because I want you to know that what I’m about to say in this post comes from a place of loveWhoopi, you lost your mind last week.  I’m  glad you got it back, though.

Lemme back up real quick.  Last Monday on “The View,”  Ms. Goldberg lost her shiz over a New York Times article that she claimed left her off a comprehensive list of black Oscar winners.  She lashed out at the paper, calling the piece “sloppy” and “shoddy.”  Check it out below (she seriously goes on for, like, five minutes.  Sorry about the title of the video- I couldn’t find another one!):

I love the part when she brings out her Oscar!  That’ll teach those haters over at the NYT to forget Whoopi!  Burn!  Or, it would have been.  If the NYT had actually effed up.

In fact, the article never claimed to list all black Oscar winners.  It was a critique of the lack of black stars in Oscar nominated roles this year.  Even worse, many of the films released in 2010 had no black characters in them at all.  This is actually a really important issue that should be discussed.  Instead, we were all talking about Whoopi Goldberg.

I get it.  Whoopi is a cultural icon, and if the NYT had left her off a comprehensive list, she’s got a right to be pissed.  But they didn’t, and when she realized she was wrong, she took two days to apologize (and even then it was kinda raggedy).  I’m sorry, but getting an Oscar doesn’t mean you get to throw hissy fits whenever you want.*  Maybe if she hadn’t been so caught up in needing to be mentioned, she would have read the article correctly.

I guess I just feel like a lot of artists let their egos get in the way of reality.  What we do is so important, but inflating oneself somehow takes away from the artistry of it, and makes it a game.  Winning an Oscar is a big deal.  I just wish that  Whoopi had acted more like an Oscar winner, and less like a sore loser.

*Okay, fine.  Maybe it does.  But the rest of us don’t have to like it.

Thoughts??  How do you feel about Whoopi?  Do you agree with the NYT article?  Do you love the movie “Clara’s Heart” as much as I do?  And can I play somebody if they make a “Color Purple 2?!”

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Sister Act Comes to Broadway

Sister Act (musical)

The Whoopi Goldberg-produced musical. Image via Wikipedia

Yesterday’s episode of The View featured a performance by Patina Miller and the cast of “Sister Act the Musical.” This musical comedy is based on the 1992 film starring Whoopi Goldberg.

In case you forgot, the plot centers around a wannabe Vegas nightclub star, Delores Van Cartier, who witnesses a murder and has to enter the Witness Protection Program. The police stick her in a convent, where she soon shakes things up by taking over the struggling choir.

The show opened on  London’s West End in June 2009, and  closed in October of last year.  The show is expected to open at the Broadway Theatre on April 20th of this year, with previews starting March 24th.  Patina Miller will be reprising her role, which marks her Broadway debut (Woo hoo!).

Check out the cast of “Sister Act the Musical” as they work it on The View:

Thoughts???  I hope I can catch this show while it’s on Bway, but is it just me, or should they really have made Sister Act 2 the Musical?!  I would kill to see that ending number with all the kids.  Anyone?  Ah, well.  In any case, have a great day everyone!


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