Viola Davis Responds To Soap Star’s Criticism Of Her Emmy Speech
Last week, a random actress from “General Hospital” got a little salty about Viola Davis’ Emmy speech focusing on opportunity for Black actresses and decided to fire off a series of equally salty, semi-racist tweets dismissing her passion and emotion over her accomplishment.
Ever the class act, Viola just essentially “read” old Nancy without even bothering to address the actress or her privileged-azz tweets directly. As Viola shared via the New York Times:
“If there has been any backlash, it’s that all people want to feel included in a speech. I know there has been some backlash with an actress who didn’t feel she was included.”
When asked if she was speaking specifically about Soap Opera Actress Nancy Grahn, Viola simply responded:
“Yes, I don’t know that I want to say more about that.”
Welp — too damn bad for Nancy. She’s got to realize that she didn’t have any reason to be included in Viola’s or any other Black actresses’ triumphant moment from that night. However, Viola also pointed out that the response to her speech has been overwhelmingly positive, and she’s glad she was able to inspire others with her words:
I feel like I’ve gotten a really huge response that kind of surpassed the award. Just people admiring my speech makes me feel really good. I remember Meryl Streep told me once, “You know, Viola, these young girls are always listening to us — every word we say is hitting them in a way that you can’t even imagine.” And that’s what I’ve found to be very true.
Nice, Viola. Keep doing what you do!