Viola Davis is once again facing some heat for playing a controversial role. Her role in the highly controversial movie, ‘the Help”, as Aibileen Clark earned her an Oscar nomination but it was not without causing a stir in the Black community.
Many felt that the movie, ‘The Help’, romanticized the way that race relations were in the 1960s, specifically the relationships between Black maids and their White employers. Now Davis is once again being criticized for her role in a movie coming out in the fall, called ‘Won’t Back Down’. The movie also stars Maggie Gyllenhaal, Holly Hunter and Ving Rhames.
In the movie, Davis plays the role of a single mother and teacher who buddies up with another single mother who is a bartender, played by Maggie Gyllenhaal . The two women join forces to fix a deteriorating inner city school. In the movie trailer, Gyllenhaal’s character is shown being outraged that her daughter, who can’t read, was punched in the face by a teacher. Davis and Gyllenhaal’s characters then take it upon themselves to take over the school through a parent trigger law.
The movie is based on actual events which includes the parent trigger law that was passed in 2010, giving parents the right to turn under-performing schools into charter schools.
The controversy that is brewing is that many are accusing the film of having an anti-union, pro-charter school agenda. Adding fuel to the fire is the fact that some critics even say the film shows “parent trigger” laws, so that it can further the agenda to replace unionized teachers with non-union charter schools.
Parents Across America, a pro-public school education group, is charging that these parent trigger legislations are part of a larger pro-school privatization model legislation agenda.