Famed soap star Nancy Lee Grahn didn’t have the highest of opinions on Viola Davis’ Emmy’s acceptance speech, and she wasn’t afraid to channel her inner drama queen.
When the talented Viola Davis went up to accept her award, she let out a whole whirl of emotions in her speech, which touched the hearts of many viewers.
However, Grahn wasn’t one of them. She tweeted “I wish I loved Viola Davis’ speech. But I thought she should have let Shonda Rhimes write it.”
Davis, who became the first black woman ever to win the Emmy for best Lead Actress in a Drama Series, poured her soul out in her speech when she said that “the only thing that separates women of color from anyone else is simply opportunity.” Davis continued with words of faith: “You cannot win an Emmy for roles that are simply not there. So here’s to all the writers, the awesome people — people who have redefined what it means to be beautiful, to be sexy, to be a leading woman, to be black.”
Grahn went a bit crazy about the whole thing, and shared her point of view by saying that she has been an actress for 40 years, and that “none of the actors get respect or opportunity they deserve.” She added that she thinks that Davis is “the elite of TV performers,” but that she has “never been discriminated against.”
After receiving a lot of backlash, Grahn apologized and said that she realized that she needs to “check her privilege.”