Reblog for the comments, if Charliez Thoren would have stopped interrupting(her and Clooney should be together interrupting is their thing) than people would have understand that it wasn’t Viola’s appearance(beautiful by the way) she was talking about, but the lack of roles that Black women have no matter what they look like.
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.”
Both woman are amazingly talented and that’s why they got to where they are. I understand what Viola is saying and she is one of my top favorite woman in the world, but if you think Charlize got anywhere by playing the beautiful blonde, Watch Monster and North Country, that’s when people actually began to know who she was and it wasn’t as the hot Blonde chick.
Considering the composition of Hollywood that would mean that almost ONLY white, young, able-bodied and attractive people are good at acting. Your comment is a fail and illustrates perfectly what Viola was talking about!!
Part of what was used to promote Monster was “wow look how ugly they made this beautiful woman” but that’s besides the point. Because even though she has some skill, it doesn’t give her the right to negate Viola’s experience and tell her that she needs to stop saying that there are not roles for dark-skinned black women. Because that’s just a lie. And Charlize has benefited from her white privilege like any other beautiful actress first deemed beautiful because of their whiteness. So she needed to listen because Viola wasn’t even talking about her beauty - she missed the point entirely - she was talking about how as a black woman who has lighter skin and more European features like Halle Berry it is hard enough to get roles let alone a dark-skinned black woman who does not have those features.
This made me angry. This made me really angry!!
Charlize’s reaction may look benign or even worth praising for some but that goes without considering that behind that “you are hot as shit” comment is the assumption, genuine or not, that this is ALL about Viola’s sense of self-esteem. And as a dark-skinned black woman, oh boy, I can so fucking relate!!
Many think that privilege-deniers mainly react with anger. But from my experience, privilege-deniers are more manipulative than that and always find a way to turn your enunciation of objective, observable and factual discrimination as a pure product of your low-self esteem, your personal unsolved emotional issues. This is GASLIGHTING! And yes, it is abusive and hurtful as hell!! There is NOTHING remotely cute about Charlize’s comment. It actually reveals her extremely biased though-process: To think that a 46 yo black woman talking about the discrimination she has to go through is just waiting for you to validate her beauty as a white woman is beyond sick!
For me, it is not a coincidence that of all the white actors in the room, Charlize was the one who shut her up. Charlize is the epitome of what Viola was talking about. She is Viola’s antithesis. Beyond her white privilege, she has the advantage to fit the Hollywood’s (and white supremacy’s at large) standards of beauty as a blond, blue-eyed, thin woman.
That “you are hot as shit” comment was NOT intend as a compliment but rather as a “Shut up!! Don’t bring race into this!! Don’t make me confront the fact that my whole career is based on my whiteness and ‘attractiveness’!! “