During a press conference for the film The Butler at the Waldorf Astoria Hotel in New York Monday (August 5), Carey, the daughter of an African-American and Venezuelan father and Irish mother revealed that she was spat on by a white person when she was younger, as told to Yahoo! Movies.
“That actually happened to me,” Carey said, referencing a scene in the film meant to emulate the Woolworth’s Lunch Counter sit-in during a screening. “I know people would be in shock and not really want to believe or accept that, but it did. That right there, that was almost the deepest thing to me in the movie because I know what she went through, and it happened to be a bus as well.”
Other members of the cast were on hand to witness Carey recalling the event including Oprah Winfrey who asked further about the spitting incident, and where she was spat on.
“In the face and in the same way [as the movie],” said Carey.
In the Lee Daniels directed-film The Butler, Carey busts her acting chops in a few scenes, playing the mother of Forrest Whitaker’s character Cecil Gaines. Opening in theaters August 16, the flick is loosely based on the story of Eugene Allen, a servant of the White House through eight presidential administrations. Carey joins a star-studded cast that includes Winfrey, Robin Williams, Jon Cusack, Terrence Howard and Lenny Kravitz.—Andrew Asare
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