People magazine tried to delete this real quick, but I just wanted to let y’all know that no matter what, we’ll always be maids to some folks.
I loved the characters in HTGAWM because they were relatable. Both my spouse and I share the experience of being among a handful of black students in a higher learning environment. And while that isn’t what the show is “about”, it’s important that these characters are represented because folks like to think of blackness as this very static, one dimensional thing and way of being. This too is indeed apart of the black experience, because well, we can’t all be rappers/reality stars. We are law professors and law students too!
I had already heard about the nonsense that was the NYT article, and I am not the least bit surprised by these comments from People Mag! The amount of racism that slides up into mainstream media as a “joke” is disgusting! No one expected Charlize Theron to look/act like her character in “Monster” after the film was done. No one expected Jennifer Connelly to act like an addict after she finished “Requiem for a Dream”. I could go on and on with this list. These are professional ACTORS! Once the role is done, that’s it. However, this tweet highlighted the fact that “they” think Viola’s character from “The Help”, is in fact, apart of her identity. Y’all are going to be waiting a long fucking time for her to repeat those lines because in case y’all forgot, Viola majored in theatre at Rhode Island College, graduated in 1988 and in 2002 she received an honorary doctorate in Fine Arts from the college. She also attended the Juilliard School for four years, as a member of the Drama Division’s Group 22. She’s an educated professional, not a fucking maid!
yes to most of this, and i just want to really stress that maids and other domestic workers shouldn’t be thrown under the bus in an attempt to (rightly) defend viola from racism and disrespect.
also to contextualize this tweet, people magazine reportedly told a former editor (who is now suing for racial discrimination), that she needs to “talk like everyone else [there because] she’s not at essence anymore.” they also suggested that ciara wouldn’t keep her loc extensions for her wedding because the wedding was supposed to be elegant.