First, the context:
During a Thursday appearance on The View, Viola Davis fired back at the New York Times writer who recently said she was “less classically beautiful.” Last week, in an article that received plenty of backlash, Times writer Alessandra Stanley not only critiqued Davis’ looks but also referred to Shonda Rhimes as an angry black woman.
There was enough backlash, in fact, to provoke Times “public editor” Margaret Sullivan into an admission:
The readers and commentators are correct to protest this story. Intended to be in praise of Ms. Rhimes, it delivered that message in a condescending way that was — at best — astonishingly tone-deaf and out of touch.
For those of us for whom most of the Times is tone-deaf and out of touch, though seldom astonishingly so anymore, this wasn’t exactly news. And “less classically beautiful” inevitably implies a comparison: less than whom? Says the Times writer: Kerry Washington and Halle Berry. The question that remains: “But who isn’t?” Someone once asked me who, in my opinion, was the single most gorgeous woman on the planet. At the time, I said: “Either Halle Berry, or — who’s that woman who looks almost like Halle Berry?”
About the time I finished digesting the backlash articles, this appeared in the tweetstream:
Yes ma'am, Viola Davis. I surrender all. pic.twitter.com/766f29cIf2
— ᴅᴏʟʟᴀʀ (@callmedollar) September 27, 2014
Mr Dollar, sir, you speak truth.