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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?

-Nikki B.

  • http://cupofjo-jo.blogspot.com bk chick

    I hear that! …I purposely didn’t see the movie after reading the book….and I rolled my eyes through the entirety of the book once I realized it was typical white liberal nonsense, a way to deal with racism with kid gloves on, while still maintaining the white savior theme. Interestingly enough, there was a younger maid in the book who was described as “talking white” and the protagonist feared her the most because of her apparent education…I always wondered if they explored that character in the movie….

  • Fantastico

    She is type cast. You can audition for anything but what role you are hired for is out of your control.

  • Seriously?

    NOTHING WRONG WITH BEING A SLAVE????? GURL, where is your MAMA at b/c she needs to come get you! Attitudes like yours are why these types of movies are allowed to continue.

    What is your issue with other Black women demanding more diversity in roles? Stating a simple fact, we’re only being represented as low class is not “looking down our noses”. I SWEAR some of ya’ll take the lowest bar and hang on to it out of fear that someone else will want better.

  • Seriously?

    I won’t evern touch the “sassy overweight black woman”. You really have no problem with being portrayed as an undesirable mammy? EVERY OTHER RACE is being represented by young thin attractive women, and you’re just fine with Madea (a MAN in drag) or “Big Mama” being the main image of black women? URRGGGGHHHH! Is there really such a large percentage of black women that want to work against their own interests? Never mind trying to tie others in with them.

  • Anonymous

    The way her and Howard acted in Prisoners was exactly what white america would like to say of Black Men and Black Women! They showed the Black man as Weak, and crying and boyish, while his contrasting character the White Male, was about action. The Black woman was the voice of authority in the home, their kid was out of control with no discipline! Its really sad, I could barely sit through the movie!

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