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Viola Davis: ‘We’ve Been Fed A Whole Slew Of Lies About Women’ | LGBTPost

Viola Davis: ‘We’ve Been Fed A Whole Slew Of Lies About Women’

Viola Davis is not afraid to speak the truth when it comes to women in Hollywood. 

In a recent interview with ELLE for the magazine’s "Women in TV" issue, Davis discussed the sexist double standards women in the industry experience:


We’ve been fed a whole slew of lies about women. [By TV standards] if you are anywhere above a size two, you’re not having sex. You don’t have sexual thoughts. You may not even have a vagina. And if you’re of a certain age, you’re off the table.

Throughout her career, Davis has continually spoken out against sexism and racism in Hollywood. During her acceptance speech at the 2015 Emmys for her role in "How To Get Away With Murder" Davis highlighted the importance of show creators writing roles for women of color.

"Let me tell you something: The only thing that separates women of color from anyone else is opportunity," she said. "You cannot win an Emmy for roles that are simply not there. So here’s to all the writers, the awesome people that are Ben Sherwood, Paul Lee, Peter Nowalk, Shonda Rhimes, people who have redefined what it means to be beautiful, to be sexy, to be a leading woman, to be black." 

Oh Viola, we can’t wait to hear what you say next. 

Head over to ELLE to read more from the Women in TV issue. 

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