Whoopi Goldberg will appear on October 20 at the Women of the Congo Benefit at the W Hotel on Lexington Avenue. The event is billed as “A Night to Benefit Survivors of Sexual Violence in the Congo”; proceeds will benefit The City of Joy, an all-female village in the Congo where local victims of the national rape epidemic may recuperate. The timing is a little unfortunate for Goldberg, who was recently forced to clarify her comments on the Roman Polanski affair. The entertainer had said that Polanski’s alleged crime did not constitute “rape-rape,” by which she said she meant that Polanski was alleged to have committed statutory rape rather than some other variant. Eve Ensler will also appear at the fundraiser. Photo (cc) David Shankbone.
This article from the Village Voice Archive was posted on October 6, 2009