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Viola Davis Responds to 'New York Times' Article, Is Rising Above!

Viola Davis Responds to 'New York Times' Article, Is Rising Above!

Viola Davis took to Twitter to respond to mean comments made in a recent New York Times article about her new role in How to Get Away with Murder.

“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!!!” the 49-year-old actress tweeted.

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In case you didn’t know, Viola was described as “older, darker-skinned and less classically beautiful than [Kerry] Washington, or for that matter Halle Berry,” by a New York Times writer.

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  • forrest gump

    she makes the right moves…………..

  • M

    Wth? She is great. Is this nytimes writer handicapped in some way? Like, are they hiring challenged people these days ? Like a-hole narcissists?

  • Viola is a classy lady

    And now I will make sure never EVER to miss an episode of this show and every person offended by this ignorant and racist NYT writer’s comment that an editor let pass, should follow suit. Because that mindset is why black women in Hollywood are never given leading roles as this is the undercurrent mindset of racism..darker skinned women are not as beautiful.

  • Anon

    Kerry Washington isn’t even that beautiful..shes got an odd looking mouth, like she’s straining to keep her mouth closed to hide the horse gums…

  • stan

    Grow up you jigg! I’m sick of people pulling the race card. Last time i checked she was old and dark skinned, did she not notice? Ooops I’m racist now for pointing that out. It’s like pointing out that your crap is dark when it is obvious that it is. I guess that’s a racist remark also.

  • Pepperona

    @stan: With people like you using words like jigg, of course they have a reason to pull the race card. Her comments did not even mention race, so it looks like your the one who played it.

  • Foby12

    Since when is it okay for magazine writers to be plain rude?

  • Pepperona

    @Pepperona: you’re*

  • Janet


    I just reported him for a racist comment.

  • Aubrey

    Who the hel l does this writer thinks he/she is to say if somebody is or isn’t “classicly” beautiful? And why is that even relevant? Viola is a talented awesome woman, she should get roles because of THAT not because she’s considered pretty or not. And to write that somebody isn’t beautiful is completely mean, and exactly what’s wrong with this society, we shame kids who bully other kids but then it’s suddenly ok for a grown a-ss person to say a person is not beautiful on one of the most famous news papers on the world.

  • acg

    i don’t agree with what they said about her but its their opinion, like it or not, its still not racist, he or she didn’t say anything about not liking viola because of her race

  • CarrieFromBelgium

    And she’s better actresses than the 2 others together.What do you want ?Viola is not interested by the plastic surgeon also contrary to the 2 others

  • truthbetold

    Without all the wigs and make up she looks like a crackhead from the streets of Detroit.

  • tina

    What a nasty POS, I hope they fire him!

  • Joneblaze

    She’s a beautiful ,talented woman with beyond flawless and beautiful skin.F the Times because I read the Post

  • A holes are everywhere

    Well she’s a better actress than those two by a mile so who cares what some bigot critic thinks of her looks. She blew me away in Doubt.

  • Ladyb

    First of all, I think she’s more beautiful than Kerry Washington. Second of all that NYT writer should be fired or demoted. NYT is a well respected paper, that you don’t expect this kind of insult. I am not one to bring up race but if someone thinks what the writer wrote might have some racist tone, I won’t argue. Darker-skinned? Less classically beautiful? Seriously?

  • Nikki

    I never liked the NY Times. Most overrated newspaper ever.
    I always delete the spam they send me. Wish I could get rid of it, but it keeps coming back.

  • tick

    I don’t know anything about Kerry Washington. I cannot stand Halle Berry. Without her hair extensions, she looks like a Pakistani boy. Whoever wrote that article is probably an ugly troll himself. Most writers are ugly. That’s why they are writers, not actors.

  • swiftie

    darker skinned and less classically beautiful– that is DEFINITELY racist imo– obviously a white man

  • jaliah

    So how come they don’t compare white actresses with each other…older, younger different tones of skin and hair colour….stupid, shallow people always bring skin tone into it…what on earth does that have to do with her acting skills????????? The essence of racism.

  • Carrie

    The writer of that article showed his ignorance. It was a disgusting thing to say. There are all kinds of definitions of beauty. To say “Classic beauty” is stupid. WTF Does it mean? In the bad old days, people who were lighter complexioned and had features like white people were considered more beautiful, but that changed as the world got more open. I remember seeing Alek Wek for the first time walking a runway and she was beautiful. Halle Berry and Kerry Washington and Viola Davis and Lupita Nyongo all represent different kinds of beauty. Shame on that reporter. Shame on the editor and shame on the New York Times.

  • Gigi22

    Not only is Ms. Davis a beautiful and classy lady, but she is also a great actress. New York times should stick with stories and not attempt to find fault or comparison when there is none.

  • Mia

    I´m in shock with what I read… Why to campare her with two women that nothing have to do with her? I would never even thought of that possibility… And it isn’t supose New York Times be a highly regarded newspaper? Why not say how stunning actress and beautiful woman she is?

  • arwa

    That stupid racist writer. I never heard anybody calling an actor as “lighter”? Does having darker skin is a bad quality?!!

  • simone

    What that writer wrote is the product of a racist mind and the fact his editor didn’t chose to correct it shows that it probably never occurred to him it was racist. I am disgusted.

  • Lola

    I am ONLY going to watch this show because of Ms. Viola Davis.
    A less classical beauty? I think Ms. Davis is a gorgeous woman and talented to boot … WTH NY Times writer! You better be a knock out, a perfect 10, whomever you are!

  • NYC

    LOVE Viola Davis.

  • justsaying

    More than likely the same close minded black female commenting with different names. Viola Davis? Less classical beauty? Racism? Darker skinned? The article was nowhere near racist they were simply pointing out what the Hollywood norm is for black people. Which is light skinned half-black looking actresses. Get some education and stop acting like a victim. Proof that most black people are sensitive and childish over everything instead of rising above it like Viola Davis is clearly doing, and props to her for not making this such a big deal and suing everyone just to get money and praise. She didn’t even go off the way Shownda whatever did and i respect her a lot for that, most black people start riots and a charity group, she showed everyone how mature she is.

  • kami

    viola is a beautiful woman.

  • HJ

    I thought this was the most ridiculous thing when I first heard it. Didn’t know NYT writers could get away with being that kind of a**holes. First of all I guess I don’t know what “classically beautiful” means – but neither does this writer. The women mentioned are all beautiful women and Viola is by no means less beautiful than the two others, and most importantly a fantastic actress. How does the writer think he can justify this outrageous insult as simple criticism? So stupid.

  • Lola

    Read the article, the quote is from this part: “As Annalise, Ms. Davis, 49, is sexual and even sexy, in a slightly menacing way, but the actress doesn’t look at all like the typical star of a network drama. Ignoring the narrow beauty standards some African-American women are held to, Ms. Rhimes chose a performer who is older, darker-skinned and less classically beautiful than Ms. Washington, or for that matter Halle Berry, who played an astronaut on the summer mini-series “Extant.”
    Do apologize to the writer, if you read the whole article you would realize that is not intended as a dis on Ms. Davis.

  • Lola

    Awaiting moderation again … I think JJ no longer likes me. Anyways, hope this one gets published … read the whole article, my mistake when I first wrote, it is not a dis on Viola

  • Cindy

    She is a very talented actress and looks lovely and feminine. Skin color depth doesn’t determine beauty. Look at People Magazine’s cover choice of the most beautiful woman this year, for example.

  • Stella

    @Pepperona: Well said Pepperona. People like @stan just continues to show we have a long to go to clean up the ignorance in the world.

  • Stella

    @stan: Yes, you are exactly what you called yourself. Now look in the mirror and deal with it.

  • gogirl!!

    I LOVE VIOLA!!!! this response was great!! and she’s way more talented that kerry washngton or halle berry…

  • suzybel

    She looks great to me, she’s not Halle Berry or Kerry Washington so don’t compare. What kind of an idiot would make a comment like that? Oh wait, I know, a New York Times writer.

  • Jessie

    The comment the writer made wasn’t racist, look up what racist mean. Not every objectionable or insulting comment is racist.The writer stated his opinion. In fact I’ll say not all black people were insulted by the comment. There is a regular throw down about light skin and dark skin people on Bossip and youtube all the time. I think it’s ridiculous for people who have enough problems as it is to be dividing themselves by degrees of lighter skin. There’s nothing wrong with being dark skinned, but not everyone finds it attractive the same as not everyone find light skin attractive. She’s been in the business long enough not to be so thin skinned. She reacted like the man said she was an ugly bug. She made some disparaging remarks herself about the lighter colored black women in Hollywood. She discounted them recently because they weren’t dark like she is, saying there are few women in Hollywood who looked like her (dark skinned) and implying that she can’t identify with actresses like Halle Berry. She shouldn’t need someone else to validate her, she should be proud of who she is and stop whining about lighter colored black women getting roles.