We are fully into fall, which means that theaters are starting to fill up with new movie releases that are meant to be taken seriously and attract awards attention. Till is one such recently released film, and while the subject matter is focused on the real story of Mamie Till-Mobley’s life-long fight to get justice for her young son after he was abducted, tortured and lynched in 1955, there was some unforeseen controversy over the movie not long ago. Producer and star Whoopi Goldberg was accused of wearing a "fat suit" in the new movie by a reviewer, and she’s now reflected on being body shamed in those comments.
What Does Till’s Whoopi Goldberg Say Now About Being Body Shamed Over Her Role?
It was about a month ago that a review of the empowering movie Till dropped, which pinpointed The View co-host's performance and wrongfully picked apart her supposed use of a “fat suit.” Though the talk show’s moderator got wind of the review at the time, and used her very public forum to correct that writer’s erroneous assumption, Goldberg was asked about the incident during a recent appearance on Tamron Hall, and said:
This film is one that took a long time to get support from a studio, and it’s doing important work in telling a story that’s been forgotten by the mainstream media for far too many decades. There’s been an understandable push to have a much more diverse group of people tell their stories on screen, and that desire for representation also includes folks who want to hear from people with all kinds of backgrounds and lives that have been traditionally overlooked, including those with physical bodies we don’t usually see. With that, the use of prosthetics to make thin actors appear fat has also been under fire.
However, the reviewer clearly made a big mistake on that front, and while the actress seems to understand that her appearance in the movie was very different from what people generally expect from her, she also felt the need to stand up for herself and gently set the record straight. Goldberg continued, noting again that she understands what it’s like to shoot off a comment and not think about the implications, saying:
The comment from that review was removed, and with the star handling what happened so directly, hopefully it won’t take away from the ultimate importance of the movie’s message.
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