People Magazine apologizes for offensive Viola Davis comment that was tweeted Thursday night (September 25) during the premiere of “How to Get Away with Murder.”
Thursday night was an exciting night as fans tuned in to witness the ABC primetime takeover of prolific writer Shonda Rhimes. Three shows from Rhimes premiered back to back – two recurring series, “Grey’s Anatomy” and “Scandal” along with a new crime series “How to Get Away with Murder.”
It was during “How to Get Away with Murder” that popular mag, People Magazine, sent out an offensive tweet that sent Twitter heads spinning.
During the final moments of the premiere of HTGAWM, People Magazine tweeted, “Waiting for Viola to break into ‘You is smart, you is kind, you is important.’” The tweet was soon deleted, but the damage was already done.
Twitter users spent the remainder of the night accusing People Magazine of racism and putting Viola’s acting career in a metaphorical box.
The quote that People Magazine tweeted was from the movie “The Help” where Viola played maid Aibileen Clark.
Viola Davis’ role in “How to Get Away with Murder” has nothing to do with being a maid. In fact, the actress plays Annalise Keating, a brilliant defense professor who is also a lawyer. So it isn’t hard to see why many fans were offended by People’s insensitive tweet.
To address the anger expressed by Twitter users who saw the tweet themselves or got wind of it, People Magazine tweeted an apology on Friday, Sept 26 for the “stupid & insensitive” tweet.
“Apologies for the earlier tweet. We love HTGAWM & The Help, where that quote was from. But it was stupid & insensitive. Won’t happen again.”
But this wasn’t the only offensive tweet that was sent from the magazine. During the first few minutes of the season premiere of “Scandal,” People Magazine tweeted “Olivia’s back to straight hair so you KNOW she means business.” Was this suggesting that only if hair is straight can one mean business?
The intentions of the tweet could have been just to get a laugh, but that doesn’t take away from the fact that it was offensive. It could also very well mean there seems to be a lack of diversity at People Magazine’s offices. If there were, perhaps sending those tweets would have been given a second thought.
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