Whoopi Goldberg is clapping back at a film review that assumed she was wearing a fat suit in the film Till.
Deadline reports that Goldberg, who stars in the feature film about Emmett Till’s death and Mamie Till Mobley’s fight for justice for her son, said on The View that a reviewer said Goldberg’s fat suit in the film was “distracting.”
In the film, Goldberg, who also served as producer, portrays Emmett Till's grandmother. However, Goldberg wasn't wearing a fat suit.
“I don’t really care about how you felt about the movie,” Goldberg said. “But you should know that was not a fat suit, that was me. That was me. That was steroids. Remember last year? I assume you don’t watch the show, or you would know that was not a fat suit.”
Goldberg was seemingly referencing her illness in 2019; according to Deadline, Goldberg missed several weeks of filming 'The View' due to pneumonia.
“It’s OK to not be a fan of the movie, but you want to leave people’s looks out. Just comment on the acting. And if you have a question, ask somebody,” Goldberg continued. “I’m sure you didn’t mean to be demeaning.”
Chionye Chukwu directs the film, starring Danielle Deadwyler and Jayln Hall, with Frankie Faison and Haley Bennett.
In a statement released to the press, Chukwu said that she saw the film as “an opportunity to subvert expectations and approach the narrative through another lens – from the maternal point of view of Mamie Till Mobley.”
“Had it not been for Mamie, her son’s memory would have evaporated into thin air,” she wrote in part. “She was the catalyst for a modern day civil rights movement that has laid a formidable framework for future activists and Freedom Fighters. I felt compelled to champion Mamie’s legacy and center her in the spotlight where she rightfully belongs.”
Watch the clip below:
.@WhoopiGoldberg speaks on the importance of her film ‘Till,’ which premiered at New York Film Festival, and she addresses a claim that she wore a fat suit in the film.
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