Pop star Mariah Carey has revealed that she faced racial discrimination while growing up as a biracial child in New York.
The 43-year-old singer,who plays a cotton field worker in Lee Daniels’ The Butler,said she was spat on by a white
person when she was a child,reported E! News.
Carey’s father is of Venezuelan and African-American decent while her mother is Irish said it was hard growing up as a biracial child.
“That actually happened to me,” she explained,referring to a scene in the movie where a black college student gets spat on by a white woman.
“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. It
was a school bus,in the face and in the same way.”
The film is based on the life of Cecil Gaines,an African-American who was an eyewitness to major historical events of the 20th century during his 34-year tenure as a White House butler.
The film,which saw a title war between its producers the Weinstein Company and Warner Bros,has an impressive ensemble cast of Forest Whitaker,Oprah Winfrey,Cuba Gooding Jr,Vanessa Redgrave and Carey among others.
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