There is no doubt that Viola Davis’ win for Best Actress in a Drama and her following acceptance speech dominated the Emmys last night. But one fellow actress wasn’t impressed.
General Hospital‘s Nancy Lee Grahn took to Twitter following the inspiring Emmys moment to express her distaste at the speech.
“I wish I loved #ViolaDavis Speech, but I thought she should have let @shondarhimes write it,” Grahn wrote.
Unfortunately, Grahn seems to be alone in her opinion. Davis’ inspiring speech received a standing ovation and brought many celebs to tears at the meaningful moment. (In case you missed it, Davis was the first African-American woman to win in the category.)
“The only thing that separates women of color from anyone else is simply opportunity. You cannot win an Emmy for roles that are simply not there,” Davis said in her speech. “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.”
According to E! News, Grahn then continued, claiming that Davis has “never been discriminated against” in Hollywood, a tweet that has since been deleted. “I’m a f***ing actress for 40 yrs. None of us get respect or opportunity we deserve. Emmys not venue 4 racial opportunity. ALL women belittled.”
“I think she’s the bees knees but she’s elite of TV performers,” Grahn added. “Brilliant as she is. She has never been discriminated against.”
Naturally, Twitter freaked out over her words.
And Grahn quickly apologized.
Most important, rather than just simply apologize, Grahn recognized that her tweets represented a lack of understanding with regards to racial inequality.
In a longer statement, Grahn wrote, “I apologize for my earlier tweets and now realize I need to check my own privilege. My intention was not to take this historic and important moment from Viola Davis or other women of color but I realize that my intention doesn’t matter here because that is what I ended up doing. I learned a lot tonight and I admit that there are still some things I don’t understand but I am trying to and will let this be a learning experience for me.”