screen_shot_2014-09-25_at_4.10.39_pm_0Viola Davis, like many of her fellow Shondaland constituents, has been on press runs all week promoting their various shows.

On Thursday, hours leading up to the series premiere of “How to Get Away With Murder,” Davis appeared on “The View.” The 30-year veteran actress blasted the New York Times for the distasteful “less classically beautiful” comment.

The 49-year-old said, “I’m glad that Shonda Rhimes ‘SAW’ me and said ‘Why Not’. That’s what makes her a visionary. That’s what makes her special. That’s what makes her iconic.”

Whoopi Goldberg then interjects and said, “It seems that other people, they don’t quite get it, which I find insanely amusing. The New York Times seem shocked, let me say it again shocked and called Shonda an angry Black woman and says you are ‘less classically beautiful’ than typical TV stars. Now isn’t beauty subjective?”

Davis responded, “I think that beauty is subjective. I’ve heard that statement ‘less classically beautiful’ my entire life. Being a dark skinned Black woman, you heard it from the womb. And classically not beautiful is a fancy term for saying ugly. And denouncing you. And erasing you. Now…it worked when I was younger. It no longer works for me now. It’s about teaching a culture how to treat you. Because at the end of the day, you define you.”

Check out the interview below.

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  • $0.07 cents

    Viola’s beauty is a rare one …she’s beautiful on the outside and even more beautiful underneath. Over the years this woman’s responses to the rampant ignorance of Hollywood and many brainwashed and lost black folks have been nothing short of classy. Truth be told many actresses of today get passes for their red carpet beauty but are very hollow, empty and shallow in a way that lacks gravity which is why so many aren’t true thespians. I loved “how to get away with Murder” and will gladly watch over “Being Mary Jane.”

    As quiet as kept the negative press gave HTGAWM more attention so it was the ultimate blessing.

  • Anthony

    Ms. Davis calmly told those critics where to go!

  • Omggggg she’s friggin amazing. NY times can go F themselves.

  • imnotasian

    nothing wrong with a little botox

  • Viola Rocks

    Annoying how Rosie Perez cuts her off right at the moment she makes the most important point of them all (of course she wouldn’t fully understand the gravity of that point as a light skinned “classically beautiful” latina) but other than that it was a very nice interview. Thanks Viola

    • comonnow

      Those hosts have people in their ears telling them to hurry up and go to commercial, plus she’s new.