Dykons: Whoopi Goldberg
It’s time to pay homage at the altar of dyke icons.
This week it’s time for us sistas to get our act together and give Whoopi the dykon treatment.
Caryn Elaine Johnson.
Also known as:
Not to be confused with:
A whoopee cushion.
Prodding Barbara Walters for more information on her vibrator called “Selfie”.
Enough to make you think twice about holding up your iPhone and yelling SELFIE.
The dreadlocks and wire-rimmed glasses.
Most likely to:
Be the girl that Katy Perry kissed!
Whoopi planted one on Katy on her show The View.
We wonder if she liked it…
Least likely to:
Miss the new Star Trek movie.
Ever since she saw Nichelle Nichols as Uhura on Star Trek when she was a little girl, she’s been a big fan, even scoring a recurring role on Star Trek: The Next Generation.
Is she a sista?
Whoopi’s remark to the audience at the 2002 Absolutely Fabulous LGBT Pride Awards that “there was a time when I played on both sides of the street, now I just go straight down the middle of the street”, sparked speculation that she was bisexual.
Her portrayal of lesbian and bisexual characters in films such as The Colour Purple, Boys on the Side and Deep End of the Ocean has only added fuel to the rumours, as have her appearances at numerous award ceremonies for gay organisations and her high-profile support for gay rights.
On the other side of the street, so to speak, she has been married three times and has also been linked to actors Frank Langella and Ted Danson.
We love her! Eloquent beauty.
The fact that she is one of few people to win an Oscar, a Grammy, a Tony and an Emmy.
The fact that she receives fewer scripts now.
The woman who’s starred in over 150 films announced in 2007 that she would be retiring from acting because of it. “There’s no room for the very talented Whoopi. There’s no room right now in the marketplace of cinema. Being a black intellectual with a Jewish surname finally caught up to me”.
We don’t care what anyone says – we still have plenty of room for her.