If you have nothing nice to say, some people should realize not saying anything at all is the best thing to do. But Nancy Lee Grahn had to find this out the hard way. The soap opera actress took issues with Viola Davis’ inspiring acceptance speech at Sunday’s Oscars and felt that Shonda Rhimes should have written it.


There’s always that one person trying to rain on someone else’s parade. Davis’ acceptance speech made note of the struggle black women in Hollywood deals with.

“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 had the nerve to say that Davis wasn’t discriminated against.
“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.

And she didn’t stop there:

After receiving backlash, Grahn issued an apology:

“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,”Grahn tweeted.


“”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, “Grahn tweeted.

Sorry or not, Grahn wish her little soap opera career was an iota of the career Davis has.



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