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Viola Davis “Is Done Pretending” Says The Saddest Part Is Sexual Misconduct In Hollywood Is Nothing New

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Yahoo! reports that in a powerful statement for Variety magazine, Viola Davis had a clear message for the predators of Hollywood who treat women’s bodies like “spoils of war”:

“The predator wants your silence. It feeds their power, entitlement AND they want it to feed your shame.”

“Our bodies are not the ‘spoils of war’… a trophy to be collected to fuel your ego. It’s OURS!!! It doesn’t belong to you!! And when you take it without permission, it DESTROYS…… like a virus!!!”

“To the predators.. Weinstein, the stranger, the relative, the boyfriend…. I say to you, ‘You can choose your sin but you don’t get to choose the consequences.’ To the victims…. I see you. I believe you… and I’m listening.”

In addition, in an interview with Yahoo Lifestyle at the L.A. launch for Vaseline’s Cocoa Radiant Body Butter, the brand ambassador revealed she’s tired of the shock value attached to this issue because it is nothing new or taboo:

“I’m sorry, sexual assault has affected women since the beginning of time. It just has. We know that. We sit with our girlfriends, we talk, we get something to drink, and everyone shares their story. Most women in my life, almost all of them, have been sexually assaulted. That’s just truth. I’m not saying anything that’s news.”

She shared that many of the social and emotional issues experienced by women in the industry are directly related to the culture in Hollywood:

“So I’m done with it! I really am. I’m done pretending. Done looking at all these women who lead their lives with body dysmorphic issues, suicide, depression, drug addiction, and everyone’s like, ‘Oh, what’s wrong with them? What’s wrong with them?’ And it’s rooted in that silence of sexual assault and rape.”

Even though the Emmy and Oscar winner is thankful for her career and sucess, she still feels the film industry is limited for opportunities depending on how actresses portray themselves. She states there’s a “difference being A-list, 52-year-old black actress and A-list white actress” and because of the position she’s in she feels compelled to point out predators because she isn’t “falling from a really high space.” She explains:

“It’s not like I’m going to headline the next Spider-Man movie. I’m not rolling around in bed with Tom Cruise, so I’m not going to lose a $20 million endorsement and a $50 million beauty campaign. That’s just not my career”

“I understand you’re in fear of losing your career and all of that stuff, but at some point there’s something that’s gotta be bigger than you.”

XOXO
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