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When NY Times writer Alessandra Stanley published “Wrought in Rhimes’s Image,” a piece that was supposed to “praise” Shonda Rhimes, she probably thought the article would be hailed as profound or well-written. Well, the offensive piece prompted none of those responses. In fact, it was quite the opposite. It even elicited a response from Rhimes herself.

In said piece, Stanley also mentioned Viola Davis,

“The actress doesn’t look at all like the typical star of a network drama,” Stanley wrote. “Ignoring the narrow beauty standards some African-American women are held to, Rhimes chose a performer who is older, darker-skinned and less classically beautiful than [Kerry Washington], or for that matter Halle Berry, who played an astronaut on the summer mini-series Extant.”

Viola seemingly replied to the controversial article via Twitter, writing, “You may shoot me with your words, you may cut me with your eyes, you may kill me with your hatefulness, But still, like air, I’ll rise!!!”

Sigh. She’s so regal.

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16 thoughts on “Viola Davis Responds to NYT’s ‘Less Classically Beautiful’ Comment

  1. TV, shows, movies and mainstream media in general exists purely to show the world how awesome it is to be white. They want us all to look at them in their “white glory” and be jealous. It’s also why they get so excited when they can parade out Angie Jolie with her “full lips” and their obsession with big booties on non-blacks. It is intolerable to them that we could be HAPPY with who we are and how we look, that we should enjoy – even take pride in – our natural hair and our many beautiful shades of skin.

  2. It doesn’t matter what small minded people say, stop giving them a platform to vent their hatred and ignorance Viola Davis is a beautiful actress and person you deserve every wonderful thing that comes her way he has truly put in the work over the years and I will support her show no matter what

  3. This journalist is obviously blind with jealousy because she’s seeing something that’s not there!! My beautiful aboriginal indigenous sisters we have to learn how to ignore these morons!! Viola and Shonda, you rock!!!

  4. southerngirl79 on said:

    I really don’t get why the editor thought that running some mess with the “journalist” saying that African American actresses have “narrow beauty standards”….I mean who the h*ll is he/she looking at as far as our women and men? Angela Bassett?BEAUTIFUL, Denzel?HANDSOME, Morris Chestnut? HANDSOME….I would like to see a pic of the writer.

  5. All Black Sistahs are Beautiful regardless of their complexions. At least we come in all different shades and hues, whereas White women come in only one color-Pale chalky.

    Ms. Stanley is a POS whose standard of beauty is truly warped!!!!!!

    Ms. Stanley’s entire NYT article was extremely RACIST and ARROGANT!

  6. Jacqueline Perry on said:

    American people are cruel, this is a shot at all black women.viola gave the best response, to quote mayo.i can see mayo raisig from her grave, i dare you.

  7. you killin it VIOLA and that was may grandma’s name, much continued success !Love all your work your simply the best! beautiful 🙂 🙂 🙂 🙂

      • Yes it did. Growing up if my siblings and I got into an argument, they would say you Black thing or Black girl. Being the darkest of them all that was used against me. In high school all the light skin and girls of lighter complexion had dates; I didnt.

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