During Viola Davis’ acceptance speech after becoming the first black woman to win the Emmy for best actress in a drama, Davis spoke about black women in the industry.
“The only thing that separates women of color from anyone else is opportunity. You cannot win an Emmy for roles that are simply not there,” Davis stated. “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.”
Shortly after Davis gave her inspiring speech after winning the Emmy for Outstanding Lead Actress in a Drama Series, Grahn tweeted her thoughts about it.
“I wish I loved #ViolaDavis Speech,” wrote Grahn, 57, who’s best-known for her portrayal of Alexis Cassadine on General Hospital. “But I thought she should have let @shondarhimes write it.”
Grahn then sent a tweet, which was soon deleted, saying: “Im a [f–king] actress for 40 yrs. None of us get respect or opportunity we deserve. Emmys not venue 4 racial opportunity. ALL women belittled.”
I apologize for my earlier tweets and now realize I need to check my own privilege. My intention was not to (cont) http://t.co/uyre6WPeeH
— Nancy Lee Grahn (@NancyLeeGrahn) September 21, 2015
Source: The Root