Viola Davis Feels Betrayed by ‘The Help’: ‘It Was Created in the Cesspool of Systemic Racism’

Viola Davis Feels Betrayed by ‘The Help’: ‘It Was Created in the Cesspool of Systemic Racism’
Viola Davis made headlines in September 2018 after admitting she regretted starring in “The Help,” Tate Taylor’s 2011 drama that earned Davis an Oscar nomination for Best Actress. Nearly two years later, Davis tells Vanity Fair in a new interview that she continues to feel betrayed by the movie. “The Help” reentered the national conversation in a big way at the beginning of June when it topped Netflix’s most-watched charts amid global protests over the death of George Floyd. The resurgence of “The Help” reignited backlash against the film (cast member Bryce Dallas Howard even suggested not to stream it), and Davis said to Vanity Fair the movie was “created in the filter and the cesspool of systemic racism.”

“Not a lot of narratives are also invested in our humanity,” Davis said. “They’re invested in the idea of what it means to be Black, but…it’s catering to the white audience.
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