Viola Davis’ Quote On Harriet Tubman At Emmy Brings Nancy Lee Grahn’s Racist Comment

By Subhro Prakash Ghosh | 2 years ago
Viola Davis’ Quote On Harriet Tubman At Emmy Brings Nancy Lee Grahn’s Racist Comment
Viola Davis

We feel pity for Nancy Lee Grahn when the world is looking at her as a racist. And now she has tweeted that she is “heartbroken” as the people have been calling her racist for her tweet she floated after Viola Davis created history by being the first black woman to win an Emmy for Outstanding Lead Actress in ABC one of the drama series “How to Get Away with Murder.” Read on for more details.

After accepting the award, the 50-year old Davis was asked to say a few words. Her speech was not only awesome, everyone was moved by her empowering speech in which she highlighted the lack of opportunities and ongoing tussles for black actresses in Hollywood. She left such a touchy speech that compelled 57-year old American actress Grahn to criticize Davis and tweet irrational statement.

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“The only thing that separates women of color from anyone else is simply opportunity. 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,” Davis said on the stage, as reported by Variety.

“General Hospital” star Grahn intention was to slam “How to Get Away with Murder” but once her comment (presently deleted) reached the netizens, she was herself slammed for becoming racist.

“Im a f—ing actress for 40 yrs. None of us get respect or opportunity we deserve. Emmys not venue 4 racial opportunity. ALL women belittled.” Grahn said in her tweets.

Davis was also criticized by Grahn for quoting African-American abolitionist Harriet Tubman, who lived between 1822 and 1913, during her acceptance speech.

However, according to Entertainment Weekly, she recently apologized for her tweets and said she was obliged to check her own privilege. She added in her extended tweets that her intention was not to take that historic and important moment from Davis or other women of color. She also admitted that she had learned a lot from this episode. She was then convinced that there were some things that she did not understand. Hence, she would try to utilize as a learning experience for her.

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Having over 9 years of experience in retail magazines and portals, Ghosh has served lot of overseas clients in the last couple of years. Presently, he is a regular contributor for MNG. He had spent a self-imposed exile at the bank of river Narmada between 2012 and 2014 where he had mainly lived in the dense forests, ancient caves or with seriously devoted monks involved in penance and spiritual introspection. He is personally inspired by the great eastern and western mystics like Osho Rajneesh, Helena Blavatsky, George Gurdjieff, P D Ouspensky, Buddha, Lao Tsu, Confucius, Bodhidharma, J Krishnamurthy, Japanese Zen masters just to name a few.