Viola Davis and Octavia Spencer discuss The Help on Tavis Smiley

Two stars of The Help recently gave an impassioned defence of their roles in the film.

On Tavis Smiley’s PBS show Viola Davis and Octavia Spencer got into a discussion about race, Hollywood and the Oscars.

The Davis quote from the interview that got the most attention was her response to Smiley’s ambivalence about the film:

“…that very mindset that you have – and that a lot of African-Americans have – is absolutely destroying the black artist…”

But you should really watch the whole 24 minute discussion here:

Watch Actresses Viola Davis & Octavia Spencer on PBS. See more from Tavis Smiley.

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