Nancy Lee Grahn, a white actress best known for her role in the soap opera General Hospital, took to Twitter last night to criticize Viola Davis’ epic Emmy’s speech, saying she “should have let Shonda Rhimes write it.”
Apparently, in Grahn’s mind, Davis has never been discriminated against in Hollywood as she is an “elite of TV performers.”
Since when did Grahn become an expert on all things Viola Davis? No one knows.
But, we can be fairly certain that Grahn has never walked a day in her shoes so… just because she has seen her in great roles does not mean that she has never been discriminated against or had to fight extra hard for said roles.
@NancyLeeGrahn how can you even fix your mouth to speak on what a black woman has or hasn't experienced? SIT DOWN.— Rick[isha] Grimes (@missD0MINIQUE) September 21, 2015
It seems like Grahn was a little peanut-butter-and-JEALOUS of all the praise Davis has received for her cutting edge role on the ABC hit, How to Get Away With Murder, and her amazing winning speech from last night.
She also said that Davis should have spoken up for all female actresses instead of just the Black ones. Sounds a lot like the logic used by the "All Lives Matter" people who just don't get it.
@kingquartermain Try being any woman in TV. Wish she'd brought every woman in the picture. I wish I'd opportunity to play roles she has gets— Nancy Lee Grahn (@NancyLeeGrahn) September 21, 2015
Grahn should have known that Twitter wasn't going to let her get away with making those severely misguided statements.
The wrath of Twitter certainly made her regret it as the lashing she received led to a backhanded apology.
“Viola Davis winning lead actress Emmy's historic. My upset is acting awards don't fix racial injustice. As an actor I see how irrelevant we r. I never mean to diminish her accomplishment. She is a goddess. I want equality 4 ALL women, not just actors."
"I apologize 2 anyone who I offended," she added. "I'm women advocate since I became one. After reading responses, I hear u and my tweet was badly phrased."
Viola Davis winning lead actress Emmy's historic. My upset is acting awards dont fix racial injustice. As an actor I see how irrelevant we r— Nancy Lee Grahn (@NancyLeeGrahn) September 21, 2015
I apologize 2 anyone who I offended. I'm women advocate since I became one. After reading responses, I hear u and my tweet was badly phrased— Nancy Lee Grahn (@NancyLeeGrahn) September 21, 2015
She continued to respond to individual users who criticized her comments and vowed to stay up all night to apologize to each person directly.
The damage had already been done though, her jealously got the best of her when she made her original statements about Davis and, unfortunately, once something enters the Twittersphere it never truly dies.