Viola Davis Explains Why The Oscars Seem So Racist

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Viola Davis is the latest celebrity to join all the Oscar talk rumbling around Hollywood.

The Emmy-award winner told ET“The problem is not with the Oscars, the problem is with the Hollywood movie-making system.”

She continued explaining, “How many Black films are being produced every year? How are they being distributed? The films that are being made, are the big-time producers thinking outside of the box in terms of how to cast the role? Can you cast a Black woman in that role? Can you cast a Black man in that role?”

Davis, per usual, hits the nail right on the head. It seems women of color often get type-cast, and if it weren’t for producers like Salim & Mara Brock AkilShonda Rhimes or Ava DuVernay, black women wouldn’t get the opportunity to play multi-dimensional, normalized women. They would be stuck in slave and maid roles.

This issue clearly goes way beyond the Oscars, and 50-year old wasn’t afraid to say it.

Will Viola be attending the Oscars then? Nope. She’s instead going on vacation. Get your relaxation on, girl.

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