Woman King Controversy: Viola Davis Defends Controversial ‘woman King’ You Won’t ‘win an Argument on Twitter
Viola Davis will not tolerate any criticism of “The Woman King.”
The female lead and producer of the war film have addressed the #BoycottWomanKing backlash.
Online communities have been urging moviegoers to skip the show.
They say the film exaggerates the role that the African kingdom of Dahomey had in the slave trade in the 19th century and is therefore historically false.
The 57-year-old Academy Award winner and her husband/producing partner Julius Tennon recently defended the film in an interview with Variety.
According to Davis, “you’re not going to win an argument on Twitter,” which is something that filmmaker Gina Prince-Bythewood has also said. We walked into a scenario in which the kingdom was in a state of transition, at a fork in the road.
In this historical drama, Davis portrays a military general in Africa who is responsible for preparing new members of the king’s all-female guard, the Agojie.
There is conflict when European merchants who have washed ashore on the shore establish an alliance with the neighboring Oyo Empire to buy slaves.
They were trying to figure out how to preserve their culture and their monarchy,” the “How to Get Away with Murder” star elaborated. The population collapsed in the late 1800s. This is largely a made-up tale. It’s necessary.
Tennon added that the film’s sole purpose is to “entertain people,” and that if that weren’t the case, “it would be a documentary.”
He went on to say that if the film didn’t excite audiences, “they wouldn’t be in the theatres doing the same thing we saw this weekend.” We didn’t want to sugarcoat it,” Tennon elaborated. The scope of the past is enormous, and within its pages lie important realities. To find out more, one can always do more research.