Writer Alessandra Stanley described Viola Davis -- star of Rhimes’ new show "How To Get Away With Murder"-- as “less than classically beautiful.” It's needless to say, there were more than a few black women who took offense.
Viola Davis sharply returned with an elegant comeback, “You may shoot me with your words, you may cut me with your eyes, you may kill me with your hatefulness, But still, like air, I’ll rise!!!”
Not that she needed to, black women across the internet came to her defense, as well as their own, with the hashtag #LessClassicallyBeautiful. If a picture is worth a thousand words, these tweeted photographs say it all. Labels and standards take heed, these are the faces of women who know they are beautiful.
Heaven forbid award winning actor, classically trained Julliard alum Viola Davis would be rated on acting. #LessClasicallyBeautiful
— DuEwa Frazier (@DuEwaWorld) September 20, 2014
— Naa Oyoo Quartey (@OyooQuartey) September 21, 2014
— Kadia Blagrove (@KazzleDazz) September 20, 2014
— Rae Shmrurderrderrr (@iammachila) September 19, 2014
— Jehovah Nissi (@kEsquire) September 19, 2014
— Beauty in Color. (@PoCBeauty) September 19, 2014
— Thot Provoking (@unbtheredblkgrl) September 19, 2014
— Teonykkia Starr (@TeonykkiaStarr) September 19, 2014
— Asha Toure (@hooraytoure) September 19, 2014
— Madame St Clair (@Raptures_Delite) September 19, 2014