Viola Davis Denounces “Less Classically Beautiful” Title

The New York Times called Viola Davis “classically less beautiful,” a term that she says is “fancy for ugly.” Davis appeared on “The View” where she denounced the article that labeled Shonda Rhimes, “Scandal,” “Grey’s Anatomy” and “How To Get Away With Murder” creator an “angry black woman.”

Viola, who made her debut on “How To Get Away With Murder” last night, opened up about Shonda being a visionary and seeing her as a sexy woman.

“I’m glad that Shonda Rhimes saw me and said ‘Why Not?’ That’s what makes her a visionary.  That’s what makes her iconic.  I think that beauty is subjective. I’ve heard that statement  (less classically beautiful) my entire life.  Being a dark skinned Black woman, you heard it from the womb.  And “classically not beautiful” is a fancy term for saying ugly.  And denouncing you. And erasing you,” she said. “Now…it worked when I was younger.  It no longer works for me now.  It’s about teaching a culture how to treat you. Because at the end of the day, you define you.”

Did you catch the premiere of “How To Get Away With Murder?” Read what our legal analyst/ writer had to say about it, here.

UP NEXT: Rah Digga Doesn’t Think Iggy Azalea Is Real, Iggy Responds

« Previous page 1 2 3 4 Next page »

More From HelloBeautiful