General Hospital Star Nancy Lee Grahn Apologizes for Blasting Viola Davis After She Makes Emmy History
"I need to check my own privilege," wrote the soap star after facing backlash for her comments
Nancy Lee Grahn faced the wrath of Twitter for her controversial comments about Viola Davis‘ Emmy acceptance speech Sunday.
The General Hospital star took to social media after Davis received the award and tweeted: “I wish I loved #ViolaDavis Speech, but I thought she should have let @shondarhimes write it. #Emmys.”
Davis made history on Sunday, becoming the first black actress to take home an Emmy Award for outstanding lead actress in a drama series for her role on How to Get Away with Murder.
“The only thing that separates women of color from everyone else is opportunity,” Davis said in her acceptance speech as she received a standing ovation. “You cannot win an Emmy for roles that are simply not there. 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.”
Grahn, 57, went on to suggest that the Murder actress hasn’t experienced discrimination in Hollywood.
“I think she’s the bees knees but she’s elite of TV performers. Brilliant as she is. She has never been discriminated against,” Grahn wrote to one Twitter user.
In a tweet directed at another user, she wrote, “Try being any woman in TV. Wish she’d brought every woman in the picture. I wish I’d opportunity to play roles she gets.”
After receiving serious backlash for her comments, Grahn apologized: “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. 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.”
The tweets didn’t stop there, with the soap actress tweeting directly at certain users to apologize for her comments, writing “Im a d—” and “I was a dummy.”
“Im sorry. I was stupid. I f—ed u,” she wrote to one user.
The actress issued a lengthy apology at one point in the night, writing: “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.”
“I’ve taking a whoopin 2night and as u can see will rightfully stay up all night to talk to you,” she added.
She spent the rest of the evening and early morning hours apologizing directly at certain users, asking for forgiveness.
“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,” wrote Grahn.
“30 yrs an advocate 4 human rights & now i’m a racist. Color me heartbroken,” she added. “Twitter can bring out the best & sadly tonight the worst of us.”
The actress continued to tweet directly at users into the night.
“How many different ways should I apologize?” reads one of her last tweets. “Mea culpa. Mea Culpa.”
Fox aired the 2015 Emmy Awards, hosted by Andy Samberg, live on Sunday.