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If folk watch the video - Viola Davis’ point was not about being hot or not, was not about comparing her looks to Halle Berry. It was about (as she said if Theron hadn’t have interrupted her and someone making this into a .gif) that she understands the identity standards that Hollywood commodifies for particular roles and reproduce then disseminate to the masses. Regardless of Theron or me or anybody thinking that Viola Davis is the biznez, the structure couldn’t give two warm damns about what we think. Like Clooney said in the video, Hollywood uses very simple ways to decide what the audience does/doesn’t want … of course all of this is a microcosm for how the larger society actually work - and in that there’s a system, a hierarchy, racism, colorism, classism, intellectual elitism, etc. an exclusion based on who is in charge & who runs the business. Those ppl look more like Theron than Berry or Davis, and they look especially like the majority of folk sitting in the room in that clip - white males.
yeah, way to miss the point, newsweek. as usual.
I know this is already tumblr famous and everyone is like OMG I LOVE CHARLIZE THERON FOR TELLING THE DARK BLACK LADY SHE’S PRETTY TOO. All I saw was a thin, attractive white lady who is where she is because she is thin and attractive completely not getting the point a black lady was making about her own authentic experience and redirecting the whole conversation and making it about herself. And look she succeeded, it’s all “Amen Charlize” instead of “Amen Viola.”
Today in lessons learned from contextual lapses in non-animated gifs—it sounds like Charlize (and us, by proxy) may have missed the point Viola was trying to make. Thanks for all the reblogs, guys—your point is noted. Check the full clip for those who haven’t and share your thoughts of the exchange.
UPDATE: Allison Samuels weighs in on what Charlize just doesn’t get about Black Hollywood.