Whoopi Goldberg called in sick to Sister Act to get better pay for her coworkers

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In the days after the death of Chadwick Boseman, a story surfaced that he donated part of his salary so his co-star in 21 Bridges, Sienna Miller, could have decent pay. Recently, it came to light that Whoopi Goldberg did something similar for her costars in Sister Act, which came out in 1993. She was appalled when she discovered that the older women particularly were getting paid peanuts. So, she decided to call into work sick for several days until their pay was raised. Below are more quotes on the story from People:

“The ladies hadn’t gotten everything I thought they should have gotten — the nuns,” she explained, via Page Six. “They were older women. They were women who I felt … should be able to go and have dinner and not be worried about paying hotels or whatever it was.”

Goldberg then decided to call in sick and skip filming “for a day or two” until the women earner fairer pay.

“I got sick,” Goldberg said. “I would never go on strike. But if my coughing and sneezing coincided with our brief problem … they fixed it and it was great.”

Some of the actresses were in their 70s and 80s while working on the comedy, also starring Maggie Smith, Kathy Najimy, Wendy Makkena, Sherri Izzard, Darlene Koldenhoven, Beth Fowler, Andrea Robinson and Prudence Holmes.

[From People]

I am quite ambivalent about Whoopi these days but growing up I really admired and loved her. One of my fave movies was Jumping Jack Flash. I even wanted a pair of those yellow Reebok high-tops Whoopi wore in the film. In fact, I think it was that movie that made me become an Anglophile until recently. I will say that I have enjoyed her on The View because her political ideology is quite close to mine. She has been very vocal on her personal accounts recently.

The fact that she put it on the line in such a sneaky way for her costars has definitely earned her some brownie points. She could have shrugged because it didn’t directly affect her. I truly believe it takes the every day person to bring about change in systems. It is nice to know that Whoopie can be added to my list of people who do good deeds. In the meantime, I think I may go watch Sister Act and Jumping Jack Flash as I recover from the last seventeen days of working at the polls.

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  1. Snazzy says:

    I love the way she did this. “I would never go on strike, but if my cough happens at a time where I need you all to get shit done, all the better”. Love it

    • Yup, Me says:

      Yes! Elegant and effective. Very Scorpio energy. I like Whoopie, for the most part. This makes me like her more. Also, because it’s important to know our history and to honor our history makers – this is a good time to remember that Whoopie is the first African American #egot winner.

  2. Laalaa says:

    I love Sister Act, because it is VERY true about choir management, that first rehearsal with her when she tries to get harmony out of them …. let’s just say I’ve been there MANY TIMES 😀 #choirdirector

    Love this, not surprised!

  3. G says:

    jumping jack flash is literally my fav moving as a kid also the associate

  4. lucy2 says:

    Whoopi has said a lot of problematic things in the past, but I’ll absolutely give her credit for doing this and using her own star power to help others.
    I hope anyone returning for the sequel got PAID, because the original made a lot of money.

  5. Savu says:

    Just here to say girl good for you for being a poll worker!!! Thank you for your hard work!

  6. Veronica S. says:

    I volunteered for the polls this year but never got a callback, so silver lining is that I guess they were well staffed? Probably for the best. I live in Pennsylvania, so I’m sure it’s going to be a mess tomorrow.

  7. Liz version 700 says:

    That is pretty slick. Very cool of her to do this

  8. MissySnow says:

    Whoopie has said some things that I don’t agree with, but she is not evil or wishing anyone to be harmed. She used her clout to get older women their coins and was blacklisted for five years and couldn’t earn a living, so I will not sit in judgement of Whoopie or anyone else.

  9. emu says:

    awesome. good for her!