Whoopi Goldberg has hit back at a critic who accused her of wearing a ‘fat suit’ in the upcoming Emmett Till biopic, denying any such thing.
The 66-year-old Sister Act star plays Alma Carthan, Emmet Till’s grandmother in the film which follows Mamie Till’s fight for justice after the lynching of her 14-year-old son in 1955.
Discussing the film on talk show The View, Whoopi addressed a critic’s comment.
She began: ‘I have to say something because there was a young lady who writes for one of the magazines, and she was distracted by my fat suit in her review.
‘I’m just going to say this, I don’t really care how you felt about the movie, but you should know that was not a fat suit, that was me.
Yeah, and That was steroids.’
Whoopi continued: ‘I assume you don’t watch the show, or you would’ve known that was not a fat suit.
‘But I just want to let you know that it’s ok to not be a fan of a movie, but you want to leave people’s looks out.
‘So just comment on the acting, and if you have a question, ask somebody.
‘Because I’m sure, you didn’t mean to be demeaning,’ she added.
Her co-panellist Sara Haines brutally added: ‘But Whoopi if that was the distraction and you’re doing movie reviews on such a powerfully impactful, visceral response, tragic awful story, then I question your abilities to review a movie.
Last year, Whoopi had been taking steroids to treat her sciatica symptoms after being hospitalised for the issue which can cause severe nerve pain.
This comes after Whoopi recently gave another explanation behind an aspect of her physical appearance, talking about why she doesn’t actually have eyebrows.
‘I have to do this with a straight face,’ Whoopi began, asking viewers (as she raised her no-brows): ‘How do you feel about this no-brow look?’
‘Whoopi I have sat next to you for six years and never noticed that you have no eyebrows,’ her co-panellist Sara replied, adding: ‘And I look right into your eyes and I did not notice.’
‘I was married to a man who didn’t notice,’ Whoopi quipped back.
‘Until one day, he said, “Oh my God, you don’t have any eyebrows,” and I said, “Yeah, I know.”‘
She continued: ‘I had eyebrows as a little kid and you know how men get those bumps? I started to get them on my face so my mother removed them.
‘And so I just keep doing it because I don’t know my face with eyebrows, unless I’m working.’
The View airs weekdays on ABC.
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