As an acclaimed black woman in film, Viola Davis is saying no more to playing an oppressed black soul! I hear that!
Last year, the actress received a lot of backlash from her depiction in the film, The Help. Undeniably a great read and even greater film, Davis played a character of a black maid who viewers watched come into her own. Accusations from the black community suggested that the role was setting black people back half a century.
Due to the controversy, and realizing that she has “been there, done that and DOES not need to go back” (2 snaps), our beloved Viola is desisting any upcoming roles as a maid, aside from her latest film, Beautiful Creatures (in theaters February 14th). In the upcoming film, Davis plays a character named Amma, who is both a maid and librarian.
“As soon as I saw that Amma was a housekeeper, my radar went up because of ‘The Help,’” Davis tells Eurweb.com. “I said, ‘I can’t be another housekeeper.’”
She also told CNN: “I’m tired of that. Me and Octavia [Spencer], Aunjanue Ellis, Roslyn Ruff — we all played maids in The Help and it was fabulous. It’s a fabulous story because we were personalized and all of those things, but I think that people need to see an African-American in the 21st century integrated in the life of this town and family who’s not in servitude.”
I couldn’t agree more! It’s vital to have our African American entertainers aware of their platform and depictions. Viola Davis taking a stand will hopefully cast a domino effect on other black entertainers.
What do you think, Clutchettes? Do you agree with Viola Davis’s decision?