Born in St. Matthews, South Carolina and very open on the hardships she faced growing up, she is recognized as the first African-American to win a best actress Emmy. Her acceptance speech was moving as she stated: “‘In my mind, I see a line,’ a quote from Harriet Tubman. “‘And over that line, I see green fields and lovely flowers and beautiful white women with their arms stretched out to me over that line, but I can’t seem to get there no how. I can’t seem to get over that line.'”
She then went on to say, “Let me tell you something, 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.” “the only difference between actresses of color and other actresses is opportunity” Again many were moved, but soap opera actress Nancy Lee Grahan posted several Twitter statements attacking the speech Viola Davis gave. This of course was followed up by posts apologizing and backpedaling.
A shame that on a night filled with wonderful moments for many stars, especially Viola Davis, it was met with not only humid heat, but hot air by a somewhat bitter actress trying to partake on someone else’s shine.