Whoopi Goldberg is stepping into a new role as Emmett Till’s grandmother Alma Carthan in the new AppleTV+ film Till, which follows the life of Mamie Till after her son was lynched for being falsely accused of whistling at a white woman.
As we gear up for the film's premiere, Goldberg told PageSix she wants the woman who lied on Till to admit what she did.
“I don’t want her in jail but I want her in front of a judge and jury,” she told the publication at the New York Film Festival.
”I want her to admit what she did and what part she had,” she added. “And then, you know, for me, that would be perfect, instead of still trying to hide what she did away.”
BET.com previously reported the jury declined to indict Carolyn Bryant Donham for her lies after claims of “insufficient evidence” to indict her on kidnapping and manslaughter charges after more than “seven hours” of testimony.
"The prosecutor tried his best, and we appreciate his efforts, but he alone cannot undo hundreds of years of anti-Black systems that guaranteed those who killed Emmett Till would go unpunished, to this day," said Reverend Wheeler Parker, Jr. who is also Till’s cousin.
"The fact remains that the people who abducted, tortured, and murdered Emmett did so in plain sight, and our American justice system was and continues to be set up in such a way that they could not be brought to justice for their heinous crimes.”
The Oscar-winner also serves as one of the producers of the new film and shared after years of trying to secure financial backing for the project, the feels due to the George Floyd murder, it helped pushed to get the film made.
“I would like to be more positive, but I think George Floyd had a lot to do with why this got made,” she said.
The film is scheduled for a limited release on Oct. 14.