Viola Davis Regrets Being In “The Help”

Viola Davis Regrets Being In “The Help”

Viola Davis wishes that she wasn’t in The Help. She was nominated for an Oscar for her portrayal of Aibileen Clark.

In a Vanity Fair interview, Davis said The Help was “created in the filter and the cesspool of systemic racism.”

She continued saying, “Not a lot of narratives are also invested in our humanity. They’re invested in the idea of what it means to be Black, but … it’s catering to the white audience.”
Davis went on to say, “There’s no one who’s not entertained by The Help. But there’s a part of me that feels like I betrayed myself, and my people, because I was in a movie that wasn’t ready to (tell the whole truth).”

Do you appreciate her honesty? Do you think the movie helped put light on stories we hadn’t heard? Will more creators have the chance to fully express their visions on screen now?

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