REALLY?: Mariah Carey Plays a Field Slave Named Hattie Pearl in ‘The Butler’

AFRICANGLOBE – Singer Mariah Carey is teaming up with director Lee Daniels “The Butler,” for a part that, at first glance, makes one go, “huh?”

But then again if you’ve followed her film career, Carey, a high maintenance glamour queen in real life, seems to go for gritty, down-to-earth characters on film. And when you work for Daniels that’s pretty much what you’re going to play.

Mariah Carey Field Slave Hattie Pearl The Butler
Mariah Carey as Hattie Pearl

“The Butler” tells the story Eugene Allen, a longtime White House service worker starring Forest Whitaker.

In addition to Whitaker playing the lead role, the highly anticipated production’s cast also includes high profile names like Oprah WinfreyJane FondaJohn CusackRobin WilliamsCuba Gooding Jr.Alan Rickman and Terrence Howard, among others.

Daniels has cast music stars in his other films. If you recall, “Precious” featured both Lenny Kravitz and Carey in supporting roles, which were the complete opposite of their off-screen personas.

Carey is teaming up with Daniels again for “The Butler”, in a part that is against type to say the least.

As you can see from the photo above, which recently surfaced, Mariah Carey plays what appears to be the role of a slave named Hattie Pearl in the film.

According to IMDB, “The Butler” is scheduled to be released on August 16, 2013.

What do you think? Is Mariah Carey believable as a slave?


  1. The overwhelming number of slaves did not look like Mariah Carey, not even the mulattoes, but since Lee Daniels is a racist faggot who is sleeping with a white man he will have a non black non mulatto person playing a slave. Once again using black self hate to justify black people not being portrayed in their own movies. At least Quention Taratino put black folks in his movie.

  2. the avg white in south is 20% percent black and native mix that includes members of the KKK like Robert Cherry, Bull Connor. Her mother is white and her father is some type of mixture, she isnt black nor mulatto, but a white woman with a little something else in her. Aint nobody look like her was in no damn fields.

  3. It was more pure blooded African babies being bred during slave them mulattoes, mulattoes were a minority. It was more money in pure blooded west african blacks than half breeds. Half breeds are only 1% of the total population who call themselves black.

  4. There were so many “mulatto” babies by the end of the 17th century that a white man (don’t know his name) complained that they were BUYING AND SELLING THEIR OWN BLOOD. Please do research on your own. Do not allow Hollywood to tell you about your own story.

  5. Being Mulatto DID NOT automatically get you a house pass people!!! Think about the numbers. lol Do you know how many would have been in the house at the rate owners were getting their freak on with female slaves??? You think there were only one or two women on the plantation??? C’MON MAN!! But hey…of course we must bang those color lines as always.

  6. Good for her. She is building her acting creditability. She’s had it tough when it came to acting roles but she wasn’t willing to be vulnerable and now she is. Hope it’s a good act.