Whoopi Goldberg, a longtime ally of the LGBTQ community, “came out” as straight during an interview on Raven-Symoné and Miranda Pearman-Maday’s podcast, The Best Podcast Ever With Raven and Miranda.
During the interview, Symoné, Goldberg’s former co-host of The View, asked the Emmy, Grammy, Oscar, and Tony-Award winning actress about her sexual orientation.
“I wanna just dig into your business a little bit.” Symoné said on air. “Sometimes, Whoops, you give me lesbian vibes. You give me, like, stud vibes,” reports Insider.
Goldberg, who has been married three separate times and has dated a number of high-profile men in the theater and cinema world, has previously portrayed lesbian or same-gender-loving characters, most notably in the movies The Color Purple and Boys on the Side.
“Women have been asking me this for as long as I’ve been around,” Goldberg responded. “I am not a lesbian, but I know lots of them, and I’ve played them on television. I have always had lesbian friends because they’re just my friends. I’m not gonna kiss you, but I’ll kiss you over here, I’ll do this but I’m not going to do this. And they’re like, ‘OK!’”
Like many LGBTQ-supportive actors faced with similar inquiries, Goldberg used the opportunity to share a wider message of acceptance and tolerance.
On the topics of drag bans and gay marriage, Goldberg said that “No one is forcing anyone to go and participate” in either activity.
She continued: “You don’t dig drag queens? Then don’t go to a drag show! You don’t like gay marriage? Don’t go to a gay wedding! Get out of my face, because I do like it.”
“God created us in duality,” Goldberg continued. “We’re both. God does not make mistakes. You know, when people say ‘Oh, you know, it’s this or it’s that,’ it isn’t this or that: It just is.”
“There is something beautiful about a woman being able to embrace their masculine and feminine at the same time and wear it so well, like you do,” Symoné responded. “It’s fantastic. You’re not either one or the other, you’re just a human living in your body, and it doesn’t really correlate to sexual orientation or any of that — it’s just the way you present.”
While Goldberg’s exchange with Symoné was a conversation between friends and former colleagues, Abbott Elementary actor Tyler James Williams pointed out the danger of questions like Symoné’s when he acknowledged that he was straight back in June.
“I think the culture of trying to ‘find’ some kind of hidden trait or behavior that a closeted person ‘let slip’ is very dangerous,” Williams said at the time.
He added that the near-incessant need to unearth the details of a celebrity’s sexuality “may seem like harmless fun.” But he also noted that “overanalyzing someone’s behavior in an attempt to ‘catch’ them directly contributes to the anxiety a lot of queer and queer-questioning people feel when they fear living in their truth.”
“It makes the most pedestrian of conversations and interactions in spaces feel less safe for our gay brothers and sisters and those who may be questioning,” he concluded.
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