Whoppi said it’s not about the color of their skin but whether the actor has the talent to play the role. She was referring to the recent casting call for the Broadway show “Hamilton” that advertised for non-white actors. The show amended it’s ad by adding all are welcome after the actors union complained. That’s when Whoppi made her comments about whether it was OK to advertise for actors including a racial preference.
But Whoppi would change her tune fast enough if a white actor was hired to play a famous black man like O.J. Simpson, Al Sharpton or Jesse Jackson. Why? Because for some things race is an important attribute. The problem for race hustlers like Sharpton is their race is an important attribute of their persona. Same for certain white people. Their white race may be an important element of their character so it would be correct to hire a black .