Last night Viola Davis was celebrating her Emmy win.
But after Viola’s speech General Hospital actress Nancy Lee Grahn couldn’t contain her white privilege. Back in February Nancy applauded Patricia Arquette during her Oscar speech on equal rights and pay for women.
Yet Nancy had a problem with Viola’s speech about race.
Well Twitter wasn’t having any of
Miss Anne’s, uh Nancy’s b.s. Check out Nancy Lee Grahn at Twitter.
Nancy seems to think that black actresses have always had the same opportunities as white actresses. Now you know that’s a lie. She even stated that Viola Davis has never been discriminated against. Really?
Face the facts: Grahn’s misguided complaint flies in the face of what Davis herself has repeatedly shared with the public in recent years. In an infamously shady New York Times review before the premiere of How to Get Away With Murder, then-television critic Alessandra Stanley called Davis “older, darker-skinned and less classically beautiful” than Hollywood’s other leading black ladies, like Kerry Washington and Halle Berry.
That review caused an uproar for its obvious bias, but it wound up being a good example of exactly the type of thinking that structurally limits opportunities for actresses of color. Davis herself referenced the piece when she won a People’s Choice Award earlier this year and thanked producers Shonda Rhimes and Betsy Beers and creator Peter Nowalk for “thinking of a leading lady that looks like my ‘classic beauty.'”
Nancy Lee Grahn has since apologized for her comments towards Viola Davis.