Whoopi Goldberg had a few choice words on The View this morning for a critic who commented about her appearance in Till, the true-story film from Chinonye Chukwu about the 1955 lynching of 14-year-old Emmitt Till in Mississippi for whistling at a white woman.
The movie, which just premiered at the New York Film Festival, chronicles the extraordinary efforts of Mamie Till Mobley to find justice after her son’s death. Goldberg plays Alma, the grandmother of the young boy. A review of the film made reference to her “distracting” fat suit — except that Goldberg, who also produced the film, wasn’t wearing one.
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“I don’t really care about how you felt about the movie,” Goldberg said this morning. “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. It’s OK not be a fan of movie, but you want to leave people’s looks out. Just comment on the acting. And if you have a question, ask somebody. I’m sure you didn’t mean to be demeaning.”
Goldberg, who did not name the critic or magazine, missed several weeks of The View in 2019, after suffering from pneumonia.
Barbara Broccoli, who produced the movie with Goldberg, Keith Beauchamp, Thomas Levine, Michael Reilly and Fred Zollo, told Deadline ”This is an important film to me, to all of us.” Emmett, who was visiting his cousins, was lynched and murdered for whistling at a young woman at Bryant’s Grocery & Meat Market in Money, Mississippi. After a group of men dragged the boy from his uncle’s home, his mutilated body was discovered in the Tallahatchie River.
The film, from MGM’s Orion pictures, will be released theatrically October 14 by UAR.