Whoopi Goldberg doesn’t care if people think she’s a lesbian – but for the record, she is not
Whoopi Goldberg, the Oscar winning actress who has played a lesbian in Boys on the Side and The Color Purple, is finally talking about the gay rumors that have followed her for years.
‘You’ve never seen me with a woman,’ Goldberg tells PrideSource Magazine. “Nah, I’m straight, but what does it mean? What does it really mean?’
Whoopi, who is now the moderator on ABC’s The View, says she’s not bothered by the rumors.
‘There are a lot worse things people could have accused me of – things that would really be upsetting! That’s not one of them. It never has been. I grew up in the theater. I grew up in a neighborhood where there was always gay folks.’
Whoopi, 58, is grateful for her steadfast LGBT fan base.
‘You know, no one was trying to claim me, nobody wanted me,’ she recalls. ‘Black folks didn’t want me. Nobody wanted me. But I’ve always been claimed by the gay community. Always.’
The Sister Act and Ghost star adds: ‘People keep trying to divide us up into ‘you’re gay, you’re black, you’re white,’ but we’re all one people. What f**ks with one f**ks with us all. If we don’t recognize that, we’re in deep trouble.’