Viola Davis should be fielding questions solely related to her historic Emmy win in the lead actress category. However, General Hospital actress—and fellow Disney/ABC employee—Nancy Lee Grahn's tweets about the How to Get Away With Murder star's speech made global news.
In an interview with The New York Times, Davis shared why Harriet Tubman was on her mind as she gave her acceptance speech.
My husband and I are doing a Harriet Tubman project, and when it was picked up by HBO, one of the producers sent me that quote. It struck me in such a huge way because of its progressiveness, so it stayed with me ever since, and that’s been several months. I just felt it was apropos, seeing that no woman of color has ever won in that category. That moment had to be acknowledged, or else it would be a missed opportunity. It would be one of those moments I would look back on, and I would have regretted it.
Grahn took much exception to Davis's speech. She stated, among other things, Davis should have let boss Shonda Rhimes write her speech and that the actress had never been discriminated against. Grahn, who began playing the victim on social media when her explosive Twitter rant backfired, posted this about the Tubman mention:
Davis addressed the drama in the NYT piece saying:
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 Davis was asked about Grahn directly, she took the high road.
Yes. I don’t know that I want to say more about that.
Classy response to a tacky outburst.