Tuesday 4 October 2022

Whoopi Loses It When Critic Slams Her ‘Distracting Fat Suit’ In Emmett Till Movie: ‘That Was Not A Fat Suit’

 Whoopi Goldberg unloaded on The Daily Beast entertainment reporter Kyndall Cunningham, who complained about “a distracting fat suit” in her review of “The View” host’s recent film.

Cunningham published a review of “Till” — which follows the killing of black teenager Emmett Till in 1955. The two white men who killed Till, Roy Bryant, and J.W. Milam, were later acquitted by an all-white jury in Mississippi.

In her review, Cunningham wrote: “At the fore are moving performances from Danielle Deadwyler as Mamie, Frankie Faison as her father John Carthan, and John Douglas Thompson as her uncle Moses Wright. Mamie’s journey leading up to the trial is structured by conversations between her and her family members—including Whoopi Goldberg as her mother, Alma Carthan, in a distracting fat suit—her partner Gene Mobley (Sean Patrick Thomas), and civil rights leaders such as Medgar Evers (Tosin Cole), his wife Myrlie Evers (Jamye Lawson), and T.R.M Howard (Robert Guenveur Smith), who assisted in Emmett’s trial.”

Goldberg responded to the review during Monday’s broadcast of “The View” on ABC.


“I have to say something because there was a young lady who writes for one of the magazines,” Goldberg began. “And she was distracted by my fat suit in her review. Now … 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, remember last year? I had a … and I was very …” Goldberg continued, as cohost Sunny Hostin filled in the gaps, noting that Goldberg had been hospitalized at one point.

“And I assume that you don’t watch the show, or you would have known that was not a fat suit,” Goldberg added. “But I just want to let you know that it’s okay 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.”

Cohost Sara Haines chimed in as well, adding that if Cunningham was focusing on looks when reviewing a film that addressed a subject like the killing of Emmett Till, maybe she was out of her depth. “I question your abilities to review a movie,” Haines said.

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