In a stunning display of short-sightedness, the producers of the upcoming Star Trek reboot have announced that they will not be hiring legendary actress Whoopi Goldberg to reprise her iconic role as Guinan.
According to sources close to the production, the decision was made after Goldberg publicly criticized the lack of diversity in the film industry, calling out Hollywood’s tendency to only cast white actors in leading roles.
“Look, we appreciate everything Whoopi has done for Star Trek over the years,” said a spokesperson for the film. “But we simply can’t have someone on our team who is so outspoken about these issues. It’s just bad for business.”
The decision has been met with outrage and disbelief from fans of the franchise, who have long considered Goldberg’s portrayal of Guinan to be one of the series’ highlights.
“What are they thinking? Whoopi is a legend, and she was amazing in Star Trek,” said one fan on social media. “It’s a shame that they’re letting their own prejudices get in the way of creating a truly diverse and inclusive film.”
The decision has also been criticized by industry insiders, who see it as a missed opportunity for the Star Trek franchise to show its commitment to diversity and representation.
“Star Trek has always been a trailblazer in terms of inclusivity,” said one industry analyst. “It’s disappointing to see that they’re not living up to that legacy.”
Despite the backlash, the producers of the Star Trek reboot remain steadfast in their decision, insisting that they are simply looking for actors who fit their creative vision for the film.
“We’re not saying that Whoopi isn’t talented or that she didn’t do a great job in Star Trek,” said the spokesperson. “We’re just saying that we’re looking for something different this time around. It’s nothing personal.”
Only time will tell how this decision will ultimately impact the success of the Star Trek reboot, but for now, fans and industry insiders alike are left scratching their heads and wondering why the producers would pass up the opportunity to work with such an iconic and talented actress.