Viola Davis Feels That Making The Help Betrayed Herself and Her People

Viola Davis Feels That Making The Help Betrayed Herself and Her People
With the conversation surrounding racial injustice heating up, the 2011 period drama The Help, revolving around the friendship between a white female journalist and two black maids during the Civil Rights Movement in 1963, was recently revealed to be one of the top trending films on Netflix. In an interview with Vanity Fair, Viola Davis, who played one of the maids, expressed regret over her participation in the film.

"There's no one who's not entertained by The Help. But there's a part of me that feels like I betrayed myself, and my people, because I was in a movie that wasn't ready to [tell the whole truth]. [The Help was] created in the filter and the cesspool of systemic racism."

The Help was an adaptation of a 2009 novel of the same name by Kathryn Stockett, starring a stellar cast consisting of Viola Davis, Jessica Chastain, Viola Davis, Bryce Dallas Howard, Allison Janney, Octavia Spencer, and Emma Stone.
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