Mariah Carey Reveals She Was Victim Of Racism -- "I Was SPIT ON As A Child!"
Mariah Carey is co-starring in the upcoming buzz worthy flick Lee Daniels' The Butler. And during the recent press conference, she detailed a racist act she suffered from during the Civil Rights era as a child of mixed heritage.
Find out her shocking reveal inside...
The entire cast of The Weinstein Company's Lee Daniels' The Butler was present at the press conference at the Waldorf Astoria Hotel Monday in NYC. And TheYBF.com was on hand to participate in the momentous event.
With big wigs like co-star Oprah giving their take on their own experiences during the Civil Rights era--the time period that the movie takes place during--it was Mariah's story that surprised many in the room.
When Oprah asked fellow co-star Yaya Alafia about a scene in the film where she gets spit on in her face, Mariah chimed in about her own real life experience.
The "#Beautiful" singer revealed that her Irish American mother was active in the Civil Rights movement, and that she, a young MiMi, was spit on as a young child while on the school bus. MiMi revealed unexpectedly:
"That scene just Oprah, when you brought it up, I really had to thank you because that actually happened to me."
Oprah asked if she was actually spit on like in the film, and Mariah (dramatically) confirmed it happened in exactly the same way.
"I know that people would be in shock or not want to believe or accept that, but it did happen. So it's like, that right there was almost the deepest thing to me in the movie."
Mariah also discussed her biracial upbringing and the issues her family faced. She revealed that her mother was the one who had to physically go to purchase their home. Since her dad is black, they believed major issues would have surfaced had he gone himself, making it impossible to purchase.
Sounds like a few stars of the film can personally relate to certain unfortunate aspects of the powerful film. So it's no surprise Oscar buzz is surrounding Forest Whitaker & Oprah Winfrey already.
Lee Daniels' The Butler hits theaters August 16th.
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