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“General Hospital” Star Apologizes After Criticizing Viola Davis’ Emmy Acceptance Speech

Posted on 22 September 2015 by KWBG

Michael Becker/FOX(NEW YORK) — When Viola Davis made history, becoming for the first African-American to win the Emmy Award for Lead Actress in a Drama Series for her role on ABC’s How to Get Away with Murder Sunday night, she made a moving speech about discrimination even quoting Civil Rights leader Harriett Tubman. Still, not everyone was happy about the speech — including General Hospital star Nancy Lee Grahn.

In a now deleted tweet, Grahn said, according to the New York Post‘s Page Six: “Emmys not venue 4 racial opportunity.”

After getting tons of backlash, Grahn reversed her point of view. 

I never mean to diminish her accomplishment. I wish I could get her roles. She is a goddess. I want equality 4 ALL women, not just actors,” she tweeted, before adding, “I apologize 2 anyone who I offended. I’m women advocate since I became one. After reading responses, I hear u and my tweet was badly phrased.”

Grahn later tweeted that she now needs “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,” she added.

Grahn said she was “heartbroken” that people were now calling her a racist after being a “advocate 4 human rights.”

“Twitter can bring out the best & sadly tonight the worst of us,” she concluded.

In her emotional speech, Davis said the only difference between “women of color” and white actresses is opportunity. “You can’t win an Emmy for roles that aren’t there,” she pointed out, and then went on to thank the people who gave her the opportunity, and all her fellow black actresses for “taking us over that line.”

Davis returns in How to Get Away with Murder returns Thursday at 10 p.m. ET/PT on ABC.

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