People mag apologizes for ‘stupid & insensitive’ tweet about Viola Davis

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Actress Viola Davis played a maid in the film “The Help,” and during “How to Get Away with Murder,” her new show on ABC, People magazine published this tweet:

viola will always be a maid to some people, and that's extremely unfortunate. @peoplemag

— Tracy Clayton (@brokeymcpoverty) September 26, 2014

After some heavy criticism, People deleted and apologized for the tweet:

Apologies for the earlier tweet. We love HTGAWM & The Help, where that quote was from. But it was stupid & insensitive. Won't happen again.

— People magazine (@peoplemag) September 26, 2014

Reaction to that apology? Mixed:

@peoplemag and what about an apology for @violadavis. She was the object of your classless, humorless statement

— Shelley Winters (@SMW220) September 26, 2014

@peoplemag it wasn't insensitive…you were just quoting a line we all love.

— ZachAttackFrankStar (@Snowballx) September 26, 2014

.@peoplemag terrible apology. Who the hell runs your social media? Fire them right now.

— Leah (@leahtakele) September 26, 2014


— Ella Septima-Hamer (@Jbrous14) September 26, 2014

@peoplemag It was a fuckin quote from her biggest film.. Chill the fuck out everyone. Geez..

— Kenny (@IKennyR) September 26, 2014

Ay @peoplemag… Y'all need some sensitivity training or something. Maybe y'all shouldn't have beefed w/ your only blk editor. Do better..

— Ama Jane (@The_Black_Jane) September 26, 2014

@RhonRuns @frankibabi @peoplemag They quoted a well know line from the help…it wasn't even like…insensitive. *shakes head*

— ZachAttackFrankStar (@Snowballx) September 26, 2014

@peoplemag "stupid and insensitive" you mean… Racist? viola has been in many other things besides the help… But that's what you pick…

— ✨Sirius✨ (@__Stellaaaar) September 26, 2014

Last night, People also deleted a tweet about actress Kerry Washington during the show “Scandal.”

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