it’s no surprise that having dark skin is a curse to many black people.
the way some abuse other black folks with darker complexion is vile.
we don’t even need white people to disrespect us since we do it so well.
viola davis is one of my favorite actresses.
her role as annalise keating in “how to get away with murder” was iconic.
the problem is after she was cast for it,
she was told she wasn’t suited for that role because she wasn’t attractive.
it was by the very same people that should have been cheering her on…
When it came to the hit ABC series, Davis wrote that she had already had a slew of experiences around her race and her deeper skin tone within the predominantly white industry. But one of her more lasting memories was tied to her getting the role of the sharp, bold and beautiful lawyer and law professor Annalise Keating.
Davis revealed that following her casting, a friend had come to her after overhearing several actors and actresses — all of whom were Black — say that “she wasn’t pretty enough to pull it off,” according to the Times. The experience was unlike the other colorist, racist and anti-Black criticism the then 47-year-old star had endured in that she “couldn’t shake” this feedback.
i couldn’t see anyone else play annalise keating as viola did.
she put her all into that role,
especially in this iconic scene:
have we ever seen a black vixen on tv take her wig off like this before?
those comments are per the norm of the black folks who aren’t chosen.
they will hate on you and throw hella shade for what they couldn’t do.
often times i feel like:
If you don’t check all the boxes in the black community,
you are treated like a leper until you make it.
Not being one of the most popular on social media.
Once you make it,
you might get the support you needed when you were struggling.
this is why i feel like when some white people believe in you,
or they feel like you are talented and hungry,
they will put you on and take you farther faster than your own.
for some black folks bts,
they see those things as a weakness tbh.
they see it as you being better or whatever nonsense they come up with.
from what i’ve seen and experienced,
kissing ass and being cliquey gets you farther in our circles.
God forbid you are better/more talented/attractive than those in the circles.
the next question i ask is:
What is going farther?
unless you are 50,
or a few others then most black folks can’t put you on.
white people have a privilege that opens doors for you.
viola got noticed by a 7-minute scene in doubt with meryl streep:
i heard julia roberts was also campaigning for her bts too.
i’m not shocked some black folks hated on viola bts.
she didn’t check all the boxes and that brings problems.
even if she did check all the boxes:
Would there still be a problem?
you and i know there will always be a problem.
lowkey: think about all the black actors and actresses who made it.
i’m talking mainstream.
a majority had doors opened for them by white folks that saw their talent or they starred in a majority white cast movie/tv show.
only a small amount was put on by another black person and even still,
in order to be recognized as mainstream,
they had a breakout role in a movie/tv show with a majority white cast.
that is a problem that our community needs to fix.
article cc: hollywood reporter