‘The Story Is Fictionalized’: Viola Davis Responds To Boycott Of ‘The Woman King’ For Being Historically Inaccurate

‘The Story Is Fictionalized’: Viola Davis Responds To Boycott Of ‘The Woman King’ For Being Historically Inaccurate


Viola Davis responded to calls for a boycott of her new film “The Woman King” by saying “the story is fictionalized.”

The historical drama raked in $19 million at the box office over the weekend despite multiple reviewers pointing out that the project is not an accurate portrayal of the Dahomey Kingdom and their female warriors. While “The Woman King” paints them as abolitionists, the truth was that they profited off slavery until the British Empire forced them to abandon the slave trade.

During an interview with Variety, Davis defended the liberties taken with history.

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“I agree with [director] Gina Prince-Bythewood’s saying is you’re not going to win an argument on Twitter,” the 57-year-old actress said. 

“We entered the story where the kingdom was in flux, at a crossroads.

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