Viola Davis, like many of her fellow Shondaland constituents, has been on press runs all week promoting their various shows.
On Thursday, hours leading up to the series premiere of “How to Get Away With Murder,” Davis appeared on “The View.” The 30-year veteran actress blasted the New York Times for the distasteful “less classically beautiful” comment.
The 49-year-old said, “I’m glad that Shonda Rhimes ‘SAW’ me and said ‘Why Not’. That’s what makes her a visionary. That’s what makes her special. That’s what makes her iconic.”
Whoopi Goldberg then interjects and said, “It seems that other people, they don’t quite get it, which I find insanely amusing. The New York Times seem shocked, let me say it again shocked and called Shonda an angry Black woman and says you are ‘less classically beautiful’ than typical TV stars. Now isn’t beauty subjective?”
Davis responded, “I think that beauty is subjective. I’ve heard that statement ‘less classically beautiful’ my entire life. Being a dark skinned Black woman, you heard it from the womb. And classically not beautiful is a fancy term for saying ugly. And denouncing you. And erasing you. Now…it worked when I was younger. It no longer works for me now. It’s about teaching a culture how to treat you. Because at the end of the day, you define you.”
Check out the interview below.