Alongside many other celebrities of colour, Viola Davis has decided to voice out her opinion on the lack of diversity in Hollywood.
It’s no news that many actors and musicians are on a roll about how several industries have failed to embrace racial miscellany. Many of them have taken to social media to express their anger concerning the issue, including Jada Pinkett Smith. Watch her video here.
While many have been criticising the lack of diversity at the Oscars, Viola Davis has channeled her own focus to another award show entirely. While speaking with Entertainment Tonight, the The How To Get Away With Murder star said
“The problem is not with the Oscars, the problem is with the Hollywood movie-making system. 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?” Viola said. “Can you cast a black woman in that role? Can you cast a black man in that role? The problem isn’t even our pay. You could probably line up all the A-list black actresses out there [and] they probably don’t make what one A-list white woman makes in one film. That’s the problem. You can change the Academy, but if there are no black films being produced, what is there to vote for? Like I said, the Oscars are not really the issue. It’s a symptom of a much greater disease”
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