Viola Davis Thoughts On The ‘Ridiculous’ Idea of Julia Roberts Playing Harriet Tubman: I’m ‘Concerned’

Viola Davis is responding to the news that a studio executive once suggested Julia Roberts to play abolitionist Harriet Tubman in a movie about her life.

via People:

“It happens all of the time [in Hollywood],”
Davis, 54, recently told MadameNoire when asked to comment.

“Here’s the thing, simply put: Julia Roberts as Harriet Tubman is ridiculous,” she said. “That barely warrants a response. That’s ridiculous. I understand that the film industry very much is about commerce and money, I get it. But that’s ridiculous.”

Roberts was never involved in the project.

Last week, screenwriter Gregory Allen Howard — who co-wrote the screenplay for this year’s Tubman biopic Harriet — wrote a column in the Los Angeles Times. In the column, he revealed that a studio head had suggested Roberts to play the titular role — and appeared not to know that Tubman was a black woman.

“Fortunately, there was a single black person in that studio meeting 25 years ago who told him that Harriet Tubman was a black woman,” Howard wrote. “The president replied, ‘That was so long ago. No one will know that.’”

Davis added that she is “always a little concerned that the people who are questioned about race and diversity and inclusion, are the people in need and not the people in power.

“You don’t question the people who have not been invited to the party, you question the people who are throwing the party,” she continued. “And the people who are out there who are living in any way, even within this industry, who have the green light vote, who have the power to finance films, who are making those choices to want to cast a Julia Roberts as a Harriet Tubman, this is a better question for them.”

“Why is it that you are not armed with enough information and why you don’t see it as important to cast a Black woman as Harriet Tubman? Why is it that you would want to make this decision?” Davis said, adding, “You can go through the history books and see that Harriet Tubman was a Black woman.”

For his own sake we glad he didnt produce the film. Im anxious for someone to reveal who is is

Harriet Tubman Is Already Appearing on Some $20 Bills Thanks To This Clever Artist’s Stamp

The Trump Administration decided to hold off on the release of the Harriet Tubman $20 bill, so one artist decided to take matters into his own hands.

He created a stamp, retailing for $20, that allows people to put Harriet’s face on whatever $20 they already have.

via NYDN:

Brooklyn artist Dano Wall has taken the money matter into his own hands, designing a 3D stamp big spenders can use to replace Andrew Jackson’s mug with a picture of their favorite abolitionist and Union Army spy.

The final design for the new $20 bill was originally set to be revealed next year, marking the 100th anniversary of the 19th Amendment that gave women the right to vote.

But after Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin told a congressional panel this week that the government would be pushing back the plan to replace Jackson with Tubman on the bill to 2028, Wall took to social media to voice his displeasure.

“We’ll see about that,” Wall tweeted, along with a doctored picture of the bill.

Wall designed the stamp in 2017, soon after President Trump took office. The 3D image of Tubman’s picture covers the face of the nation’s seventh President, a slave owner whose sordid history includes the 1830 Indian Removal Act.

Who buying one?