Saturday, December 4, 2021

Viola Davis Slams New York Post Over Racially Biased Coverage, Calls for Boycott

Viola Davis

*Viola Davis called out the New York Post over its biased coverage, and urged fellow artists to boycott racist media. 

The actress and producer took to social media to compare The Post’s coverage of Kenosha shooter Kyle Rittenhouse to the publication’s past coverage of Trayvon Martin, who was stalked and murdered by George Zimmerman in Florida on Feb 24, 2012.

On Friday, Davis posted screenshots of one article referring to Rittenhouse as a “suspected teen gunman” with a photo of him cleaning doing community service work. The headline on the Martin article said he had “traces of marijuana” in his system when he was fatally shot by Zimmerman, per New York Daily News

“You are foul for this,” the “How To Get Away with Murder” actress directed at The Post on Instagram. “You are apart of the problem!!!,” she added. 

Check out her full IG post below. 

READ MORE: Viola Davis Celebrates Birthday by Sharing Photo of Plantation Where She Was Born

She then called on Black Hollywood to “boycott publications that continue to criminalize innocent [people of color] after they have been murdered by the law!!!”

“This is cruel and traumatizing to the loved ones left behind,” Davis continued. “You are heartless and cruel!!!!,” she added with the hashtag #FixThisShit.

She also noted in her IG post that “#trayvonmartin was walking home with candy and tea in his hands not the blood of innocent lives!!!!!”

Other celebrities commented on Davis’ post, including Sherri Shepherd who called the headlines “disgraceful,” and Zoe Saldana said they were “disgusting.”

Taraji P. Henson called the headlines “heartless and cruel” and asked fellow entertainers to boycott publications with racially biased coverage.

Ny MaGee
Ny MaGee is a screenwriter and freelance reporter from Chicago -- currently living in Los Angeles and covering A-list entertainment for various outlets, including Emmys.com. She has worked for: Miramax, MTV & VH1, The Jim Henson Company, Hallmark Channel, Paramount Pictures, and for iconic indie film producer Roger Corman.

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