Every part of me was rooting for Taraji P. Henson to win the Lead Actress in a Drama Emmy last night, because she deserves an Emmy, Oscar, Golden Globe, Grammy, Tony, Super Bowl ring and Nobel Peace Prize for the corporate takeover glamour and Not The One moves she brings to Empire. But I wasn’t mad that Viola Davis won since she and that hot gay tramp make How To Get Away With Murder and nobody says “murrrrrrrrrrder” the way she does.
In the 67 years that the Emmys have existed, Viola is the only black woman to win the Lead Actress in a Drama trophy and that’s just crazy to me. Viola used all of her time on stage to talk about the lack of good lead roles for black actresses. She started with a Harriet Tubman quote and went on to say that “the only thing that separates women of color from anyone else is opportunity.”
Viola preached! But not everyone was screaming “TELL IT” Meryl Streep-style over Viola’s powerful speech.
Nancy Lee Grahn, known as Alexis Davis to people who watch General Hospital and known as “WHO?!” to people who don’t, was not into what Viola said. Nancy Lee basically screamed “ALLACTRESSLIVESMATTER” on Twitter and went on and on and on.
Mikkos Cassadine needs to come and get his daughter, because Nancy Lee said that Viola is a member of the TV elite who has never faced discrimination and that the Emmy stage wasn’t the place to bring up racial issues in Hollywood. Nancy Lee deleted a few of her tweets, but something called “shift + command + 4″ exists and so Buzzfeed and others screen shot her “greatest hits.”
I don’t know why everyone hated on Nancy Lee. I mean, I, for one, learned something from her rant. The African American history professor tweeted (and deleted) this:
Heard it and went oh lord ur a great actress just accept it and I heard harriet Tubman and I thought Its a fucking emmy for gods sake. She wasnt digging thru a tunnel
Nancy Lee is educating us all, because I did not know that the Underground Railroad was an actual tunnel dug by Harriet Tubman.
After Nancy Lee got dragged back and forth and continued to defend herself by saying that she can’t believe she’s getting so much hate, she took back everything she said and farted up this apology:
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
Translation: “My agent and the executives at ABC made me type this.”