Backlash Surfaces Over New Viola Davis Film, ‘The Woman King’


As fast as fans and critics loved it Viola DavisThe new film of “The Woman King”, negative reactions and controversies caused “whitewash the history of the subjects represented”.

Critics and fans are speaking out now, calling for a boycott of the 2022 film.

What is Viola Davis’ “The Woman King” about?


Viola DavisThe new film of ‘The Woman King’ is one of the most anticipated films of 2022. The film, which also stars Jean BoyegaThuso Mbedu, Lashana Lynch, Sheila Atim and others tell the alternate history of the kingdom of Dahomey, considered one of the most powerful states in Africa in the 18th and 19th centuries.

According to the film’s official synopsis:

In the 1800s, a group of all-female warriors protect the African kingdom of Dahomey with skill and ferocity unparalleled anywhere in the world. Faced with a new threat, General Nanisca trains the next generation of recruits to fight against an alien enemy bent on destroying their way of life.

The movie just hit theaters this weekend (the movie was released on September 16, 2022) and it’s already received a lot of hype from fans and critics alike – even before its release. But as quickly as the hype arrived, so did the critics – some are even now calling for a boycott of the upcoming film.

‘The Woman King’ receives backlash, calls for boycott

Viola Davis at the premiere of

Many are now speaking out about Viola Davisof the new film, pointing out the many inaccuracies regarding slavery and now want the film to be boycotted.

Ana Lucia Araujo, PhD, writer/editor, historian, and professor at Howard University, wrote an article pointing out the film’s many inaccuracies. In the articleshe explains that even though “The Woman King” is “a pleasure to watch”, it misleads its audience:

But portraying Dahomey’s leaders and soldiers as pioneers of Pan-Africanism, who fought to end the inhumane slave trade, misleads an audience who may know little about African history and sells short the descendants of enslaved Africans who remained on West African soil or who were forcibly sent to the Americas. As an Agodjie from Mahi country says in the film, she chose to be “a hunter, not a prey”. But, unlike their rulers, most African men and women had no choice during the era of the Atlantic slave trade.

Twitter user kmele took to social media to share his thoughts on the matter, writing:

In a sane world, “The Woman King” – a film that apparently promotes a SLAVE, IMPERIALIST, COLONIAL TRADING African nation – could be criticized for taking great liberties and watering down uncomfortable facts.

Instead, he earns praise for his “love of freedom” + “B” lack of culture! ? 🤡🙃

The #BoycottWomanKing hashtag has already received over 70 tweets in the past hour. A tweet, from user EarlLandix, used the hashtag to tweet:

My people, we have no reason to support this film. Let it fail. It’s not our heroes, it’s the villains.


Although many are already boycotting the film, it’s important that no one can say for sure what “The Woman King” depicts, or form their own opinion on the matter, until they see it with their own eyes. .

“The Woman King” is now playing in select theaters.


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