This past Thursday I enjoyed a lovely evening of watching my two favourite shows with my girls, Scandal and How to Get Away With Murder. We screamed and screeched over some bougie Trader Joe’s Corn Tortilla Chips and Homemade Guacamole. There was cheap wine and Blue Moon involved too. The scene is set.
Honey! If your JAW did not drop while watching ShondaLand Thursdays!!! The most important moment of television happened on “How to Get Away With Murder” this Thursday night and I have to address it. As most of you know it has been my DREAM to interview Viola Davis for BODY/COURAGE. She is one of my favourite actresses of all time. So, if any of you reading this has a connection! CALL ME! This show is changing the face of television and it is BOLDY changing the definitions of beauty ONE WIG SNATCH AT A TIME!
For those that don’t know- the show is produced by Shonda Rhimes and stars the gorgeous actress Viola Davis. For those of you who don’t know Viola Davis, she is a QUEEN- now Google Her!
Now, there have been these shady things said about Ms. Davis recently- most particularly the DELUSIONAL New York Times writer who came out and said:
As Annalise, Ms. Davis, 49, is sexual and even sexy, in a slightly menacing way, but the actress doesn’t look at all like the typical star of a network drama. Ignoring the narrow beauty standards some African-American women are held to, Ms. Rhimes chose a performer who is older, darker-skinned and less classically beautiful
I think that beauty is subjective.I’ve heard that statement my entire life, being a dark skinned black woman.You hear it from the time you come out of the womb and classically not beautiful is a fancy term of saying ugly.And Denouncing you.Erasing you.Now, it worked when I was younger.It no longer works for me now.You know, it’s like Ruby Dee said…She wanted beauty,That hard to get beauty that comes from within –strength, courage and dignity.And what you’re seeing now, are so many black women came outafter that article.And they’ve used the hashtag#notclassicallybeautifulAnd they’re showing their facesAnd they’re stepping into who they areBecause they’re teaching a CULTURE how to treat themAnd How to See ThemBecause really at the end of the dayYou Define You!
So this past week on ShondaLand Thursday one of the most iconic moments in television history occurred on “How to Get Away With Murder.” Ms. Davis and Shonda teamed up and gave the middle finger to TV land and said EFF YOUR BEAUTY STANDARDS and this happened: