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Speaking to a British newspaper recently, an A-list black American actress made a remark that caused some members of her fan base to give the Oscar-winning star the side eye.
In a genuine “Say what?” moment, Viola Davis told an interviewer for The Guardian about her feelings concerning Hollywood depicting more interracial relationships between white men and black women in films. Davis, 53, is promoting her upcoming film Widows which will be released in a few weeks.
In her first motion picture where she plays the lead role, Davis is married to Liam Neeson, 66. Neeson plays a professional heist man who dies in the line of his dangerous and illegal duty. After her husband’s death, Davis becomes the “ride or die” wife who carries over her man’s legacy of crime.
However, it appears as though Davis wanted to give a major British newspaper a little more than sound bites to promote another one of her film or television projects. The Triple Crown of Acting club member had to stress her on-screen Neeson romance to equate $ex scenes with white men as a come up for black actresses.
“For me, this is something you’ll not see this year, last year, the year before that. For me, this is something you’ll not see this year, last year, the year before that. Liam Neeson, a hunk. And kissing him sexually, romantically,” Davis said to an interviewer for The Guardian inside her Toluca Lake home.
She then went on a slight rant about the possibility that people may not put much stock into her interracial romance on the screen, which is something Davis obviously thinks is significant.
“Nobody will pay attention to that. And if you mention it to someone, I think they’ll feel like it’s hip and it’s funky that they didn’t notice it. But will you see it again? If you don’t think that’s a big deal, then tell me, why isn’t it happening more?” she continued.
It should be quite easy for Davis to adopt assimilation as a tool to help her expand an illustrious film and television career. After all, there are a number of prominent white actresses who Davis is head and shoulders above. However, we’d ask the following question if given the chance to interview Davis about her quotes to The Guardian.
Why is the $ex appeal of black actresses looked at as more bankable when they’re romantically involved on-screen with white men as opposed to black men?