Nancy Lee Grahn: Soap Star Slammed For “Racist” Viola Davis Emmys Tweets
Nancy Lee Grahn is getting slammed for tweets she sent about Viola Davis’ historic win and speech at the 2015 Emmy Awards, leading the soap opera actress to insist she’s not “racist.”
As Gossip Cop reported, Davis became the first African-American to win Outstanding Lead Actress in A Drama Series at Sunday’s Emmys. In her speech, Davis spoke about the lack of roles for black women, and gave shout-outs to fellow stars who are helping to break the mold. Grahn, watching from home, took offense to Davis’ comments.
In a series of poorly-worded tweets, Grahn attempted to argue that all actresses, not just African-American ones, face discrimination in the entertainment industry, and that Davis has an advantage by being an in-demand actress. Grahn initially tweeted, “I wish I loved #ViolaDavis Speech, but I thought she should have let @shondarhimes write it.” She then wrote to a follower, “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.”
“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,” tweeted Grahn. “I never mean to diminish her accomplishment. I wish I could get her roles. She is a goddess. I want equality 4 ALL women, not just actors.”
Grahn, who currently stars on “General Hospital,” went on to incite more anger when she wrote to one Twitter user about Davis, “I think she’s the bees knees but she’s elite of TV performers. Brilliant as she is. She has never been discriminated against.” As she faced blowback, Grahn attempted to defend her perspective and her character, saying she’s “spent my life advocating 4 equal rights 4 all human beings.”
“I seem unable to express my heart here but its by no means racist,” insisted Grahn, who then belittled her own industry by saying she’s been able to maintain work in daytime television because “most actors dont want that job.” Grahn then offered the first of several apologies.
“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,” tweeted Grahn, going on to individually apologize to various people who tweeted her. Still, the soap star didn’t back off from what she called a “valid point.” And that led the backlash to continue.
Grahn went on to tweet, “Schooled. As surrogate 2 last democratic presidents I thought I needed no lesson in equality. I was wrong. Please accept my apology.” She further posted, “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,” continued Grahn. “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.”
Grahn seemingly spent hours responding to individual messages, apologizing over and over again, and even admitting, “I’ve taking a whoopin 2night and as u can see will rightfully stay up all night to talk to you.” She even asked some writing to her to “teach” her about the larger issues. Still, Grahn kept arguing through it all and downplaying Davis’ accomplishment, saying Emmy-nominated actors are the “elite,” and writing to one person, “Frm my perspective she was lucky actress who got great role. I dont have that honor. Its perspective. not race.”
Grahn later tweeted, “3am. Tried 2 respond 2 u with love as I should, Gotten mostly condescension & vitriol. Tomorrow, new day. Wont begin it with anything but love.” She went on in another tweet, “30 yrs an advocate 4 human rights & now i’m a racist. Color me heartbroken. Twitter can bring out the best & sadly tonight the worst of us.”
But Grahn continued to put her foot in her mouth, complaining again about Davis’ speech. “Heard it and went oh lord ur a great actress just accept it and I heard harriet Tubman and I thought Its a f*cking emmy for gods sake. She wasnt digging thru a tunnel,” she wrote to one person.
Grahn continued, “To me it seemed over dramatic. It was an acting award. i never expected every black twitterer to attack and… after being on my knees have no forgiveness [sic]. Im f*cking trending.” She further said, “I commented about a very rich A list actress winning a trophy, To receive this vitriol is unwarranted.”
Through it all Grahn never seemed to realize that she was making the situation worse with all her subsequent tweets. TELL US: What do you think of the controversy?