The shade of it all! As Viola Davis accepted her Emmy for Best Actress in a Drama, ‘General Hospital’ star Nancy Lee Grahn took to Twitter to diss her! The soap opera actress said Viola never faced discrimination and should have let Shonda Rhimes write her acceptance speech!
Gasp! Viola Davis, 50, received applause and praise for her acceptance speech at the 2015 Emmys. She also got some hate from General Hospital actress, Nancy Lee Grahn, 57. While most people congratulated the How To Get Away With Murder star for her powerful speech, Nancy was unimpressed and thought that the show’s creator, Shonda Rhimes, 45, could have written Viola a better one!
It’s almost like a story ripped from a soap opera. Viola had just won the Emmy for Best Actress in a Drama. As the first African-American woman to win the award, she used the opportunity to speak about racial equality and diversity. Suddenly, fellow actress Nancy Lee stabbed her in the back — metaphorically, of course. After watching Viola accept her awrad, the General Hospital star wrote, “I wish I loved Viola Davis’s speech, but I thought she should have let Shonda Rhimes write it.”
Yikes! Nancy also reportedly tweeted “Im a f*cking actress for 40 yrs. None of us get respect or opportunity we deserve. Emmys not venue 4 racial opportunity. ALL women belittled,” according to Buzzfeed. Nancy deleted the tweet and realized that she had made a mistake, especially after Twitter slammed her over suggesting that Viola was never “discriminated against.”
After arguing with people on Twitter, Nancy apologized to “anyone who [she] offended.” She said that she’s been a “women advocate since [she] became one.” She also said that her “tweet was badly phrased,” and acknowledged that Viola’s win was historic! She said she wanted equality for all women, not just women actors.
Ultimately, Nancy said she “sounded like an a**hole.” She said she “had a valid point but [she] expressed it badly.” She stayed up all night responding to Twitter users, apologizing to each and every one she upset. Hopefully, she made sure to DM Viola an apology as well!
What do you think about Nancy’s tweets, HollywoodLifers? Do you agree with her first point? Or do you think she was wrong?
— Jason Brow