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207 September 21st, 2015 General Hospital’s Nancy Lee Grahn Creates Twitter Firestorm After Bashing Viola Davis Historic Emmy Speech! Later, Apologizes Relating: “This Will Be A Learning Experience For Me.”

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Sunday night during Fox’s presentation of the Emmy Awards, How To Get Away With Murder star Viola Davis took home the gold for her performance in the Lead Actress in a Drama Series category.  The win was historic.  It was the first time an African-America woman has won in this category in this the 67th time the Television Academy have been handed out.  The awards honor the best in the previous primetime television season.

Davis’ speech has been heralded as the best of the night.  It paid tribute to other African-American actresses and how far TV has come when Viola delivered these words:  “In my mind, I see a line. 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.’  That was Harriet Tubman in the 1800s. And 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. So, here’s to all the writers, the awesome people that are Ben Sherwood, Paul Lee, Peter Nowalk, Shonda Rhimes.  People who have redefined what it means to be beautiful, to be sexy, to be a leading woman, to be black. A nd to the Taraji P. Hensons and Kerry Washingtons, the Halle Berrys, the Nicole Beharies, the Meagan Goodes, to Gabrielle Union. Thank you for taking us over that line. Thank you for the Television Academy. Thank you. ”

However, immediately following the speech, General Hospital’s Nancy Lee Grahn (Alexis Davis), who is very active and political on Twitter, took issue with the words related in Viola’s acceptance speech that was clearly resounding as an emotional moment to viewers around the world watching the live ceremonies.

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Grahn began sending out tweets which included: “I wish I loved Viola Davis speech, but I thought she should have let Shonda Rimes write it.”  She responded to a follower adding:  “Try being any woman on TV.  Wish she’s brought every woman into the picture.  I wish I’d get the opportunity to play the roles she gets.”  Grahn also tweeted:  “Viola Davis winning lead actress Emmy’s historic. My upset is acting awards don’t fix racial injustice. As an actor I see how irrelevant we r.”  Following with:  “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.”   In response to another follower, Grahn added:  “I do 2. I think shes the bees knees but she’s elite of TV performers. Brilliant as she is, she’s never been discriminated against.”   In addition, there was one tweet that was deleted by Grahn, but captured by Buzz Feed: “I’m a f–king actress for 40 yrs. None of us get respect or opportunity we deserve. Emmys not venue 4 racial opportunity. ALL women belittled.”

After receiving a thrashing on Twitter, Grahn began to make efforts to apologize tweeting:  “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.” She then added:  “Schooled. As surrogate 2 last democratic presidents I thought I needed no lesson in equality. I was wrong. Please accept my apology.”   Nancy followed with: “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.”

As the vitriol continued on Grahn, the Daytime Emmy-winning actress was up very late into the wee hours of Monday morning trying to rectify the matter.  Nancy then tweeted: “I’ve taking a whoopin 2night and as u can see will rightfully stay up all night to talk to you.”  Next Nancy tweeted:  “3am.Tried 2 respond 2 u with love as I should, Gotten mostly condescension & vitriol.  Tomorrow, new day. Wont begin it with anything but love.”   Finally:  “30 yrs an advocate 4 human rights & now I’m a racist. Color me heartbroken. Twitter can bring out the best & sadly tonight the worst of us.”

Even Oscar and Emmy winner Patricia Arquette jumped on the Grahn backlash adding: “Stop that right now.  It is a venue for whatever the WINNER wants to say.  It is her win.  She is saying something that is proven.”    This morning many mainstream media outlets from USA Today, The Wrap, TV Guide, and US Weekly are all reporting this Twitter firestorm from last night. Nancy was even trending on Twitter after Viola’s victory for her comments and the ensuing backlash late Sunday, and on into Monday morning.

So, is this another case in the dangers of Twitter: the good, the bad, the ugly?  Were you offended by Nancy’s tweets pertaining to Viola’s historic Emmy win and the #HTGAWM star’s speech?   Were you touched by Viola’s acceptance speech?  Do you think now that Nancy has served up apologizes on Twitter; it’s time to move on from this?  Share your thoughts in the comment section below!

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  1. Timmm says:

    Nancy is VERY opinionated. When you mix in race, politics and religion AND your tweeting, its a recipe for disaster! Those three subjects will ALWAYS offend someone. If I were her I would stick to her life and her family and STOP TWEETING!

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    Fanny replied

    @Timmm…BRAVO!!! No Twitter, No Facebook, No social media of any kind!!!
    Most would say Nancy is privileged in her own right, being gainfully employed
    for decades on “Soaps” and yet she came across as being envious. Shame
    on her, she should walk in gratitude everyday.

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    CeeCee replied

    Hi, Fanny.
    Yes, Nancy does sound envious, and chanting, ‘oh, woe be me’. It certainly appears that way. But, I actually read what she said three times. I really don’t think she intentionally tried to put anyone down. It seems more as if she has had a tougher time, as a woman, getting a desired role. You know, that ole double standard. I do agree with you, that she should not practice the old adage of ‘sour grapes’ considering her steady job. I still think she was speaking for all women who have yet to be en par with their male counterpart….on any field.

    Fanny replied

    @CeeCee… Hi you…
    I’ve been a great supporter of Nancy since her fist day on the
    long gone soap Santa Barbara… Like you I do believe she
    wanted to be the VOICE of women everywhere, However
    for someone who does know better… Her words Spiraled.

    CeeCee replied

    I see that, now, Fanny. Her words did spiral and resonate, according to all the negative remarks. If she truly believes what she preaches, then she has a right to have her voice heard. But, as Harry indicated, not only was there a possibility for Nancy to be inebriated, but she is also in the habit of firing such harmful verbal missiles. I am so torn. I feel sorry for her in one way; digging such a hole for herself, but, at the same time, she should have known better. I don’t follow any celebrity, or their lifestyle or anything….I just watch my soaps and a few shows.

    Sorry, it is taking me forever to type this, mon amie. I hurt my shoulder hanging from the monkey bars with my son, today….HURTS!!!!! LOL.

    Fanny replied

    @CeeCee… Hi Sweetie, Hope your shoulder heals quickly.
    Sending gentle hugs your way…

    Jimh(leave it to beaver) replied

    Im always checking out Nancy’s twitters…they are fine to me…lol

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    Timmm replied

    I’m rarely on Twitter and I dont follow her. Its nothing personal but I really dont care much whats going on with actors outside of these shows. If you watch the Emmy coverage the other night the “Stars” perception on reality is rather twisted! Every other word out of their mouth is AMAZING, WONDERFUL or BRILLIANT!

    Abruzzfan replied

    Well said Timmm and JimH! They get awards every year for their work. I think it is silly. If they win, they carry on like they saved the world or invented the cure for polio. :) I think Cher said something like that? LOL

    Ces replied

    Well said Timmm!

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    Timmm replied

    Thanks Ces.

    Fanny replied

    @Timmm…So true and accurate.

    Jimh(leave it to beaver) replied

    Sorry Timmm, you did not get the joke about me checking out NGs twitters? It jokingly meant something else…lol

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    Timmm replied

    Sorry Jim, I was on a roll! You meant her “Grahn” Canyons!

    Shay replied

    @jimh…..You (and Timmm….) are naughty, naughty boys! Don’t stop…..LOL.

    Jimh(leave it to beaver) replied

    yep, thats what i meant…and that was funny Grahn Canyons…lol

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    CeeCee replied

    You bet it’s funny, jimh. That’s our Timmm.

  2. Patricia says:

    I don’t see what she said was so bad at all. This whole firestorm is ridiculous! And I’m black!

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    Carolina replied

    30 year Nancy Lee Grahn fan here and I, too, am disappointed.

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    JJPaige...LiamHope replied

    I’m a NANCY LEE GRAHN FAN ALMOST THIRTY YRS,since age 11 sorry.imo i m not as ANGRY AS MOST …NANCY GRAHN VOICE HER OWN OPINE. i love her and i support NANCY LEE GRAHN OPINE even if i do not agree.
    GH will be stupid to let an incredible ACTRESS like her go. NANCY LEE GRAHN, is needed on GH and she did not say the N word or something like that.I love her advocacy and i accept her apology and love her brilliant acting.. I am happy her co-stars are standing up for her as i just validate on FB and on twitter et.al.,
    LOVE YOU NANCY…But like SHERRI SHEPARD a huge fan of gh said some things, should not be said publicly so maybe she was a lil tipsy,but i accept her apology.

    Lets move on.
    LOVE YOU NANCY LEE!

    Rita replied

    Thank you Patricia. This is a mixture of people coming off the wrong way and taking things the wrong way. I hope you don’t take this the wrong way since it is hard in just print, on the internet, to come off the way one wants to, but Black America and America itself has come a LONG way since the days of Harriet Tubman! Viola is young, I don’t know how old she is, but maybe she’s a couple of generations beyond when OVERT prejudice existed in America, like when the famous Woolworth counter four broke ground. I agree there is still prejudice by some people but at least it’s not so OVERT. Nancy was trying to say that ALL WOMEN were being prejudiced against in their industry, and she was upset that Viola appeared to only focus on the black women.

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    Tonya replied

    This all women mantra is perplexing to me because all women are eligible for the Emmy, yet this is the 1st time in the history of the Emmys that a BLACK woman has won the award! So no not ALL women are treated equally. Not all roles are created equally either. Not all women are regulated to roles of the maid, happy sidekick, crazy ethnic pal, etc. Hollywood is making progress but still, it seems like the world of Hollywood revolves around only one culture. And to say that Blacks have come a long way and shouldn’t complain? Myopic and condescending. Nancy proclaims herself a liberal, but in that moment, she wasn’t. She was envious, petty and insulting to her peers. I hope she learns what it means to be a true ally, actually learn about Viola’s acting journey and get a clue. Twitter has some real tough characters when they are angry, but nothing compared to the real life hurt of being African American in this country and just trying to achieve equity.

    Rita replied

    Oh, by the way…in case someone does misunderstand what I am trying to say, I know what prejudice is and it hasn’t always and isn’t always against only blacks…there are Asians, Native Americans, Latinos…and I myself who am half Dane, a quarter German, and a quarter French have experienced prejudice…it’s just at the time when the prejudicial acts occurred, I was in Kindergarten and did not know that’s what was happening. My dad was an American WW2 GI who married a German woman, took him over five years to get her properly immigrated, and when I was in Kindergarten I was sent to mandatory speech therapy. It was only when I became an adult that my mother told me it was because I had a German accent!

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    Abruzzfan replied

    I agree Patricia.

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  3. Mister Media says:

    This is the price of being opinionated and rushing to share your opinions on social media. The reaction is symptomatic of the contentious new society we live in. While the situation is unfortunate for everyone affected, the whole thing will blow over soon enough.

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  4. Ray says:

    Unfortunately, we live in a time when we need to think about what we write on social media, especially if the person is a celebrity. I appreciate the fact that NLG acknowledged her mistake and immediately offered a heartfelt apology. There is not a book written telling people that almost EVERYTHING can be misconstrued in the public eye. Look no further at Comments under each story on Facebook and other social media outlets as proof.

    As a white female in the acting community, I am sure Nancy was speaking for WOMEN having prejudices against them in a male-dominated industry. Most likely, she was addressing the disparity in paychecks in Hollywood for men versus women.

    Viola Davis is an amazing actress and has had great success since “The Butler.” It is unfair for anyone to say she has not seen prejudice in Holllywood because no one has walked in her shoes. She is middle-aged, so I can only assume that she has had her share of rejection through the years, whether it be because she is a woman, black, “too dark,” “too skinny” or simply because someone might have wanted a Halle Barry look.

    I have presented two sides of the story. NLG has as much right to voice her opinion as anyone else. Viola has the right to tell people about her struggles. People have the right to be judgmental, which seems to be so common nowadays. But worse, the media outlets continue to create “feuds” among every celebrity.

    I wish we lived in a time where everyone didn’t have such an overwhelmong desire to be judgmental against everyone who has a differing opinion. If anything good comes out of this story, maybe she should think about the negative storm that can result of being too opinionated about our prejudices, religion and politics.

    Heads up Nancy and Viola. You both are amazing in your own right.

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    CeeCee replied

    I agree, Ray. After reading every word and phrase carefully, Nancy was not pinpointing race. She was speaking for all women; ergo, there should be no separation between black and white, or any other color. Again, people just like to be melodramatic about this…..it’s almost a NEED to cause dissension. Gimme a break, people. Nancy said nothing so drastically offensive as she is an advocate of ALL women’s rights.
    Everyone should just give it a rest. We just went through this on THE VIEW site.
    However, Timmm does have a point. Get off the Twitter addiction.

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    Fanny replied

    @CeeCee. Exactly get off Twitter…some people act as if Twitter is
    their only link or lifeline too civilization.

    Harry replied

    I thought the reaction to the nurse in the Miss America contest was way over the top and much ado about nothing. Nurses are hardly a maligned minority–everyone loves, respects and appreciates nurses.
    But this is different. Nancy was typing her comments, therefore, some kind of thought was being put into it. It was not a case of her simply mis speaking. Worse yet, the more Nancy tried to get herself out of it, the more she stepped in it. Why not just Tweet “Congratulations, Viola!” Why Tweet that Viola, unlike her, has never encountered discrimination? How dare she make such a presumption? With the Black Lives campaign going on, Nancy’s comments were not only stupid, they were badly timed. I know she is not a racist but she is the worst kind of passive aggressive liberal. And her copious use of the F word does strongly suggest she was intoxicated.

    Jimh(leave it to beaver) replied

    I see nothing wrong with Nancy’s twitters…lol

    CeeCee replied

    @Harry.
    Hi, Harry.
    I thank you for enlightening me. I just reacted to what I read. I did not think it was so bad. By the same token, Harry, I do not follow anyone on Twitter or Facebook. I think it is an invasion of privacy, inane and a waste of time. I leave it to my teen-aged sister. She will grow out of it, I’m sure.LOL.
    So, I can only base my thoughts and opinions on what I just read. I certainly did not realize there is much more behind her words, or that she uses her advocacy for any feminist movement as an excuse to regurgitate this anger and disdain.
    I did not watch the Emmys, but, yes, she could have just given Viola a congratulatory remark instead of a quasi-snicker.
    I do trust your judgment that her words were badly timed, rather than orchestrated? We do agree on that. It was a stupid thing to say, at the wrong time but without malice. Will this mark the end of her career? I still feel badly for her.

    CeeCee replied

    @jimh.
    Hello, jimh.
    By your ‘lol’ at the end of your comment, I know there’s something naughty brewing in that brain of yours. Twitters? Now, pray tell, jimh……is that a euphemism for anything? Around the chest area, perhaps? Double LOL.

    Shay replied

    And therein lies the problem, CeeCee….NLG arrogantly assumes she is speaking for ALL women, but she is not, and never does. Nor could any other singular entity—male, female, whatever….yet whilst most of us have the good sense to realize such is the case, this D-list celeb fails to grasp that concept. She seems to regard herself as a self-appointed, all-knowing authority on the subject. Talk about hubris.

  5. Beth says:

    Obviously Helena Cassadine has her hand in Nancy’s Twitter account.

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    Rockefeller replied

    This is the funniest thing I have read all week! :)

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    CeeCee replied

    Right? How low will we go!!!!. Everything passing our lips needs investigating? BIG BRITHER IS WATCHING YOU !!!! “1984″.

    Beth replied

    She slept with Shawn so I wouldn’t think she’s racist. But then he got fired… and sent to prison! Plus all her daughters are from different men of questionable character. A tramp and a drunken tweeting strumpet! Harlot!
    Who is running the diner that he owned Kelly’s-? Is that the same diner Ruby had years ago? I waited on Ruby at the Westin in Seattle in the 80′s and she had a couple glasses of wine then walked on her check– seriously. I told my manager but only knew her as Aunt Ruby. Is there any chance Heather could be allowed work-release at the diner to make BLTs? I miss her.

    irene replied

    That is so funny

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    Adam replied

    I want Heather Webber, to make me a blt sandwich. Lol.

    CeeCee replied

    Beth; Alexis slept with Shawn; not Nancy…LOL.

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    Harry replied

    HA! Beth, you are hilarious.

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    Beth replied

    Nobody seems to care that Batgirl was snubbed in the “In Memorium” list on the Emmys. Yvonne Craig. I loved Batgirl, her motorcycle, the costume and she was fierce. However, according to Shirley Jones, Yvonne allowed Jack Cassidy- aka “horse” – into the batcave while still married to Shirley. Not a very batgirl move–way more Eartha Kitt, Julie Newmar or Lee Merriweather. Meow.

    Harry replied

    Beth, Yvonne Craig died?
    I didn’t know–very sad. I loved Batgirl and all of her high kicks.

    Beth replied

    I loved her kicks too!! When the show comes on now if I don’t see the cartoon of her zipping by on her bat motorcycle at end of opening credits, I pass. She was on a star trek episode as well. RIP Batgirl.

  6. Chrystie_Delancey says:

    She has jumped on that list of “celebrities” who do not belong on social media. Neil Patrick Harris and Ashton Kutcher are welcoming YOU with open arms, Nancy Lee Grahn.

    Sad to hear this. I always liked Nancy Lee.

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  7. Tony says:

    She needs to be denied access to twitter while she’s drinking; she seems drunk every time she gets into twitter hot water

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    Charday replied

    That was the first thing I thought. This PC mess cannot be good for GH or that GH/ABC internet talk show that NLG did.

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    blake replied

    I thought the same thing, she was downing wine while she tweeted and it just got worse at time went on.

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  8. nancy dillingham says:

    Yes, I think, first of all, once something is said it cannot be taken back. Nancy Grahn would do better to think before she “tweets” or” twitters,” as should everyone else.
    That said, time spent on twitter or tweeting could better be used to do something constructive and put one’s time where one’s mouth is. Of course, Viola Davis’s speech was pitch perfect–and eloquent–and the anger behind it barely contained–but it was contained.
    She was civil and nonjudgmental; she simply stated what is blatantly obvious.
    I am surprised that NG went off half-cocked since her “problem” is along the same lines as the problem Viola spoke about; it’s about ALL women being discriminated against, but Nancy G. has NOT been discriminated against because she is a woman AND because she is BLACK like Viola. What’s that old adage? “Discretion is the better part of valor”–YES!.
    PS Nancy G. could show her disdain by organizing a protest against the way she–and all the other women characters–are written on GH. She could start at “home” and object to the way her character Alexis had been “butchered” by the writers and TPTB, or–horrors!–she could refuse to play Alexis as she is written and ask TPTB to write Alexis as a strong woman, but, alas, that would take courage–and facing up to the stark fact that Alwxis could be “killed off” or her contract terminated. Is her belief that strong.? Think about it, Nancy!

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    Fanny replied

    PERFECTLY SAID.

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    Tristan replied

    Wonderful post. But I fear Alexis could be killed off given this public relations disaster for a show in ratings trouble, given threats of a protest boycott!

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    Fanny replied

    @Tristan…I thought the same thing…Luckily for her the scenes
    where Morgan holds a gun on both her and Jules were shot weeks
    ago, otherwise…….

    blake replied

    Good point. They should just write her off for a bit.

    CeeCee replied

    Nancy….what Ms Grahn sounds as if it came from a deep resentment and anger. However I still feel she spoke out of turn and did not mean it to come out the way it did. I am not a fan of the Alexis character, but I do admire the actress’s spirit in helping the lot of women and their cause.
    But, I cannot deny or debate your last paragraph. Perfectly said, ‘everywhichway’ most importantly, I appreciate how you have chosen your words carefully and to the point.

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    Beth replied

    Yes. I did read her tweets and all the hateful ones she has received and I don’t think she meant to hurt anyone -it was rude but she apologized over and over and over and she I am sure is regretting. If she would come clean my apartment- and thoroughly- windows and all-I am totally willing to put this behind us.

    CeeCee replied

    P.S.
    Sorry for commenting again, Nancy, but I have been saying those same words almost as a litany. I, too, have questioned why Nancy G would accept such a demeaning role, acting the floozy with the raging hormones of a teen-ager, where her most important job is to bed Julian……especially for someone her age. I have practically said what you said, verbatim. But, as you know, I get peppered with buckshot each time I mention age.
    I clearly misjudged you. By your last comment, I see you in a completely different light. I did not realize you felt the same way about the Alexis character. What a waste, right?

    CeeCee replied

    Ah, Beth. You are a breath of fresh air. Love your comments.

    Abruzzfan replied

    @CeeCee I agree – I still feel she spoke out of turn and did not mean it to come out the way it did. However, I AM a fan of the Alexis character. Love her and Julian together!

    Harry replied

    Well said, Nancy. (the other Nancy)

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    CeeCee replied

    Re: your comment about “Molly”.
    Nancy seriously posted that? Well then, she should follow her own advice about parading her own less-than-appealing wares, no?

  9. mgb357 says:

    Last time I checked – we still have freedom of speech. Anyone have a problem with that.

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    penny replied

    I don’t think anyone has a problem with it, that’s obvious from the reciprocation. People can say whatever they want, just remember, other people have opinions too.

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  10. Joel says:

    She’s always had a big mouth.

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    JUDY replied

    SHE HAS THE RIGHT TO VOICE HER OPINION IF ANYONE CARES ,AND SHE HAS THE RIGHT TO COME OFF LOOKING LIKE SHE DID!!!!! WHY DOESNT SHE LEARN TO TURN OFF A PROGRAM IF SHE DOESNT LIKE WHAT SHE IS SEEING? THIS IS WHAT I DO WHEN SHE COMES ON G.H. …..I THINK SHE LOVES THIS ATTENTION????????

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    Derek replied

    Yes Joel, she has a big mouth and needs to shut the hell up. I hope GH, dont renew her contract. Also she seems to like her booze and go online. Watch what you say Nancy.

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    Harry replied

    Does anyone remember when she posted a picture of the girl who plays her daughter Molly on her Facebook in a bikini? She wrote something very embarrassing to the girl like,”Where’s your mother when you are parading around half naked?”
    The poor girl was perfectly decent and the picture was American girl wholesome but NLG completely mortified her. She was just 13 or 14 at the time.

  11. Becca says:

    I understand where Nancy was coming from, but she really should have thought about what she was tweeting and how it was likely to be misconstrued before she hit send. She’s often guilty of that, as many users of social media are. The whole thing was completely blown out of proportion by the social media lynch mob though. When someone makes a dumbass comment, the best thing to do is pay them no mind, especially if they’re a celebrity.

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  12. Jacqulyn Smither says:

    I have been a fan of NLG for over 20 years. I am also black, and I am still a fan of NLG. NLG has one of the largest heart of almost anyone I know.
    Nancy only need to filter her comments in social media more. Nancy is a fan of the actress and have made positive comments about her many times. Therefore, I know Nancy did not mean any harm in her comments.

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    rebecca1 replied

    Thank you Jacqyilyn. Yours is a fair response. I agree with everything you said

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  13. Fanny says:

    I knew Beautiful, MEGA talented, Intelligent, well read…. Viola Davis would win that
    coveted statuette, well deserved. Very disappointed in Nancy’s distasteful choice of
    words on Twitter. No less…what was most offensive in my opinion is assuming Viola
    has never been discriminated against, that is so incredibly foolish. Discrimination is a
    DISEASE that has touched all of our lives at one time or another, for various reasons.
    Unless you’ve lived life through their eyes….get off your SOAP box.

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    Harry replied

    Fanny, that part bothered me as well. How on earth does Miss Nancy know that Viola has never been discriminated against? How dare she make such an assumption about an actress she has never met.
    Which reminds me, do you think Viola Davis even knows who NLG is?

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    Fanny replied

    @Harry aka Omar… I hope Viola doesn’t know the NLG of last
    night’s Twitter….she may feel doubly insulted considering both
    shows R on the same network. I can only wonder what ABC may
    have to say… Time will tell.

  14. Luke says:

    NLG seemed to be complaining about not getting the respect that Vilola Davis got last night because she is in daytime, but the fact that nobody cares about Soaps anymore is the only reason that NLG will probably get to keep her job over this – double edged sword.

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    Sandro replied

    They need to fire Nancy, and replace her with Kassie Depaiva.

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    Beth replied

    Pissed Kassie got canned at Days — never watched it until she came on.

    CeeCee replied

    Ciao, Sandro.
    What a fantastic idea. I would love that!

    Timmm replied

    I love Kassie!

    Lellingw replied

    I agree Luke that her only chance to keep her job is that soaps are considered irrelevant. I am shocked at all the excuses posters on The s site give Nancy. What she did was pretty bad and as an employee of ABC, she will get something. ABC wasn’t very Emmy heavy this time and Viola’s was the biggest of their stars to get one. GH can’t go on like this, people should want to watch with good publicity from their stars, all these actors do is complicate a bad situation.

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    Rebecca1 replied

    Oh please. Halle Berry once got on Jay Leno, showed a picture of herself and said it was her Jewish cousin…or something to that effect. She then retraced her steps and said, “my publicist and good friend is Jewish. I can only imagine the repercussions if someone had made a similar remark about another race or religious group. Presidential candidate Ben Carson made a stAtement about Muslims, Spike Lee and others Go on and on about the “Jew-run” media, Prince Harry wore A Zanzibar uniform to a costume party, the writer of Empire just defended his star Terence Howard who has a reputation of violence by stating “white actors do too” making it a race issue…but let’s hang “fire” Nancy for insulting Viola Davis ( who IS a great actress) and feeling that ALL women need better opportunities…and for stating, which is true, that Viola has had very good roles in film and TV. To call her a racist is absurd. You vp an not agree, you can think she expressed herself in a less than diplomatic manner…but compared to way too many REALLY offensive comments hers was benign in comparison.

    Rebecca1 replied

    Let me try to correct this again since it didn’t make the first round.

    Halle Berry saw a picture of herself with an EXAGGERATED
    NOSE and said it was her Jewush cousin.

    Prince Harry went in a Nazi uniform to a party

    Last sentence that spdidnt make sense…shoulspd read…”you might not agree with her…”

  15. Tristan says:

    NLG apparently has not learned that lesson, as her response tweets included this gem, re: blacks, “I feel betrayed by people I would’ve marched for.” Oy! Where is GH’s publicity department? NLG has the rights of free speech, but as the cast member of a show in ratings trouble, why continue to bait a section of the audience you need to stay on the air? Fairly or not, some African Americans are calling for a boycott of GH until NLG is “dealt with.” GH cannot afford a boycott! NLG’s impolitic comments place her co-workers and show in jeopardy if a boycott is seriously mounted and is in any way successful. Miss Davis is also on ABC, therefore I suspect the network will intervene if it seems necessary in terms of public relations. Yes, public relations!!!!! Ratings!!! This is no longer about free speech but about COMMON SENSE when you are on a show in ratings trouble! So, again: where is GH’s publicity department? Why didn’t NLG’s bosses put a stop to this last night, or this morning when she went off on round two, bemoaning her betrayal by “people she would’ve marched for”? I like NLG, as well. I do not think her a racist. But I do think her foolish.

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    rebecca1 replied

    The whole thing’s ridiculous. We’ve got Trump running for President who insults everybody. He has made fun of women whom he deems fat, old, ugly,,,one or all of
    the above…we have racist “humor” from all sides, and anti semitisn is alive and well…yet NLG is in the hot seat. After reading many of her comments it is apparent she is an advocate for many good causes and supports women, she’s open minded and educated. She’s against persecution of all types.

    Perhaps she was frustrated that many of the wonderful roles Viola has had isn’t offered her or other female soap actors. Perhaps she thought Viola has had a great career and has had many wonderful parts which is true…and How To Get Get Away With Murder is a fantastic show (Viola is outstanding in it…just amazing) and is an amazing vehicle that ANY actress would be lucky to star in.

    Personally, I don’t want to hear a speech about race each time a performer wins. It would have been nice to accept the award and acknowledge that it was the first time a black actress has won it…and then get on with thanking whomever. I just thought…where are the Asian, Indian, roles. Everything is no longer black abd white…literally and figuratively.

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    Abruzzfan replied

    Well said rebecca1! I agree!

    Timmm replied

    BULLSHIT! Nancy is not racist! She said something about someone who just happened to be black. Nancy is a long time feminist and spoke out against this particular actress but she meant ALL colors! Foolish Yes, racist NO!

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    Tristan replied

    Timmm, I hope this was not directed at me, as I explicitly stated I do not believe NLG is a racist. Unfortunately, after she apologized she started answering hostile tweets and these response tweets were, in my opinion, far more problematic because she was unwilling to make a graceful exit when she had the chance. The comments about Harriet Tubman and the tunnel, and being betrayed “by people I would’ve marched for,” are just stupid comments, race aside. After her apology that night, I think the story was effectively dead…until she revived it the next morning with really unbecoming behavior. As I said above: not racist, but very foolish!

    Timmm replied

    No, no,no, not you Nancy. What I am frustrated at is Tristan’s news that “Some” blacks are boycotting GH until she is “Dealt” with. Is this truly the mob? And Tristan, nothing against you, you are just repeating what you heard. Nancy G. should explain herself to Viola and apologize to her if she took it out of context. Nancy G. doesnt owe an apology to Afro Americans! She is not racist and did nothing to THEM! DEALT WITH! We need to deal with those evil ISIS members and quit measuring ever got damn word people say here in AMERICA!

    Rebecca1 replied

    Thank you Abruzzfan.

  16. RLW says:

    While I don’t agree with what NLG said, she has as much right to voice her opinion as anyone else. Please stop with the ‘Nancy is opinionated’ crap. We ALL have opinions, NLG just shares her opinions more freely than most people on social media.

    Is it time to move on, YES! However, that unfortunately won’t happen because the media will continue to make a ‘story’ out of it.

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  17. su0000 says:

    My grandmother told me;
    Never voice your opinion about race, religion or politics unless you are ready for a fight.
    I was warned to never to talk about politics, religion or race. Those are the three inexcusables.
    In a social gathering when you are asked about a political opinion simply say; ”I am not fully informed to offer an opinion at this time, perhaps we could disquss it at a latter time” And excuse yourself to the powder room.

    When speaking of politics or religion outside of family and very close friends someone will be highly offended.

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    su0000 replied

    toofab;
    Soap Star Nancy Lee Grahn Slammed After Criticizing Viola Davis’ Emmy Acceptance Speech -
    ”But not everyone was a fan of her speech…

    Despite the historic moment, General Hospital star Nancy Lee Grahn took to Twitter and voiced to her followers that she was not impressed with the 50-year-old’s words.
    at the toofab site;
    ”Think Grahn’s apology is sincere? Tell toofab in the comments section below! –

    (( the site is really bad mouthing Nancy, worse yet way below the article there are comments, sigh…))
    y’all know how to get to the toofab site for a look-see..

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    CeeCee replied

    Lol, Su. I didn’t watch the Emmys. I never do. I do watch the Daytime Emmys, though….when offered. And, of course, the Academy Awards, and the music awards.
    Now, I said this on THE VIEW site. Are our mouths behaving any better than of what Nancy is being accused? Everyone is here, there, and everywhere flagellating her….just as many are doing right now. Peace out.

    Harry replied

    Suoo, your grandmother was right.
    Also, because Twitter affords a built in brevity of speech, one should not tackle such profound issues as race and one really shouldn’t tackle the subject when one is intoxicated. This is not the first time NLG has Tweeted some really obtuse, narcissistic and obnoxious Tweets.
    I also thought NLG sounded quite jealous and as Kermit the Frog once sang,”It’s not easy being green.”
    Honestly, due to her Tweets I have not cared for NLG in a long time. She needs to deactivate her account before her soap career is deactivated.

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    CeeCee replied

    Good one, Harry…what a good one!!!! Envy is a mortal sin……I have seen a few green faces in my short life. Must be a horrible feeling.

    Rose replied

    Su…Your Grandmother was wise.

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  18. faye 33 says:

    Never cared for nancy lee grahn always seens to put her foot in her mouth to bad she doesn’t spend as much time on her acting instead of being on twitter accont making a ass of her self

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  19. Scoma60 says:

    Nancy made a distasteful mistake but when it was brought to her attention she dug her heels in and continued to spew more distasteful vitriol.
    She vacillated from posting bigoted comments to posting jealousy that she hasn’t reached Viola’s level of status. This firestorm has hit 10 major news sites and not a single word from ABC.
    Viewers are rightfully pissed and outraged by the latest antics from Nancy and Bryan Craig yet ABC is radio silent. No major corporation should sweep these public disasters under the rug.

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  20. Linda says:

    How does NLG know what Viola has experienced! Appears she just wanted to rain on somebody elses parade.

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  21. Rose says:

    Wow…we just had Bryan Craig/Morgan & family overreacting with their tweets, followed by The View in the spotlight for some inappropriate things said, in many people’s opinion, about the Miss America contestant. And now Nancy Lee Grahmn on twitter, again, saying things in the heat of the moment you should take time and three deep breaths before saying, if at all…especially after Viola won her award. The timing was definitely not right, and whatever merit there was in Nancy’s concerns got lost, and sounded like sour grapes.

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  22. Mo says:

    Loved Nancy on SB. She is very opinionated. She speaks for herself, not for me. She can post what she wants, but she should be more careful it she doesn’t want backlash. I don’t think this is the first time this has happened to her and I doubt it will be the last. Sometimes it’s best not to comment.

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  23. Mo says:

    Maybe Nancy should have had Shonda write her tweets for her.

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    Beth replied

    I hear Ron Carlivati is available too.

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    Torqumada replied

    Take a bow.

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  24. Tim says:

    It would be hypocritical of GH to get rid of NLG,considering that they’re not exactly overflowing with Black characters,at last count there were 2 full time African American characters on the show,Jordan and TJ.

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    Timmm replied

    One has nothing to do with the other.

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  25. Maureen says:

    I saw Tony Geary on a Mod Squad episode with Tyne Daly and Sam Elliott. Also on an episode of Streets of San Francisco. Had it not been for the character created and written for GH and pairing with Genie Francis he would have been doing dinner theater and his own ego and narcissism could not stand to share any spotlight with Genie. Glad he is gone.
    I have adored Nancy Lee Grahn on GH but her tweet was kinda snarky and rude and now she has been thrown under a bus. Unless somehow the Paragon Project has infected her computer. I understand CSI- Cyber is investigating but should have “forseen” this and told Nannylee to shut her well-fed pie-hole before she stuck her hoof in it.
    There is a youtube video with Jane Elliott in a Police Woman episode where she smacks Angie Dickinson over the head after breaking into her hotel room. Love Jane.
    Hate hearing soaps don’t matter and negative GH comments. Diversity is great. Let’s have more of it.

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  26. Mateo says:

    This society has too much time on their hands making such a big deal over NOTHING. I think Nancy spoke her mind and it should be respected for that alone. She spoke her mind. Why is it that when someone disagrees with an A Lister celebrity and it isn’t licking their butts they are automatically called racist? NLG is no more a racist than I am a hamburger because I eat them. I respect Nancy for speaking her mind and for standing up for what she BELIEVES in. Her beliefs are not anyone’s but hers and she is entitled to express them HOWEVER she chooses without being called to the carpet for it. Whether any one agrees with them or not is on them. Stop all the backbiting, judging and hating and celebrate the fact that we STILL live in a country when the minority can speak their piece and live to tell about it. I support Nancy’s view actually. She shouldn’t have apologized. She should stand proud. She didn’t say Viola didn’t deserve the recognition, she simply said that Viola should have spoken on behalf of ALL women not just women of color. I don’t think Viola’s speech was all that relevant. The tides are turning for women in general. We are so happy to separate ourselves instead of becoming that group of people who celebrate each other regardless of race, creed, orientation or color. I think Viola Davis is an amazing actress and woman. I don’t say she is an amazing black woman. I say she is an amazing woman. Period. Nancy Lee Grahn is also amazing. I celebrate her as a proud American woman who is showing what it means to use your freedom of speech rights as they were intended. Those aforementioned rights were never meant to be politically correct. They were meant for everyone. I hate how we strive for togetherness but we consistently strive to separate ourselves into groups. Sad. I pray for an America that celebrates the diversities of each citizen in a way that promotes unity, peace love and understanding. Congratulations Viola — GREAT JOB and Nancy Lee Grahn – keep up the fight, you are a lady with something to say and contribute.

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    rebecca1 replied

    EXCELLENT post, Mateo! Agree with your very well written, impassioned words.

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    CeeCee replied

    As I said! Mateo; this society has reached a point where every word needs to be measured. That is a direct infringement on our civil rights.I also said that she has a voice and should be able to say what’s on her mind. However, if what I am reading is true; that she is in the habit of going off, speaking without thinking, then she should put a cork in it if she does not like the repercussions. Some of us can’t even discuss fictitious personalities on soaps in fear of hurting their feelings.
    Obviously Nancy is thick skinned, and likes the attention, negative or otherwise. Who are we to dictate to her. She’s an adult with a cause. I only hope this ’cause’ is sincere and close to her heart. At the risk of sounding repetitious, I really think she wanted to make a good point, the delivery was flawed…it came out wrong. As Harry pointed out; bad timing.

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    Mateo replied

    The fact that NLG speaks in an unfiltered fashion does not make her points any less valid. I can’t judge her motives or her sincerity level but from I do know about NLG I can say that she speaks from the hip in a fashion that direct and out front. I LOVE HER for that. I am sick of people dictating how people should say their truths. She can say it at any time, in any way she chooses, that is her right and her God given gift. Maybe she does like attention, who doesn’t? Her delivery style was true to who NLG is and I, for one, LOVE it. Her timing was right on point. Should she have voiced her dissent months after the event to save face? Screw that. She spoke in perfect timing, it’s not her fault that society is so politically correct that she can’t speak truth. It appears to me that in an effort to appease everyone we can please no one. No word, feeling or opinion should ever be “measured”. Speak your truth. Say what you mean and mean what you say. Quite simple and a pathway to leading a happy life. It’s not my fault when society can’t process my opinions simply because they are not easy to digest. I stand with NLG and her ability to convey her emotions and feelings as they come out. Honesty unfiltered is a gift from God.

    Timmm replied

    Issues have always been controversy. Thin skinned people have always existed. People have always been offended about an opinion or a specific word. However, back in the old days, UNLESS someone got a hold of a letter and made it public via a small window of media available because of the lack of technology, most of us never knew what people felt from thousands of miles away! Nowadays EVERYONE knows how EVERYONE feels and EVERYONE is offended!

    CeeCee replied

    You are so right, Mateo. I bow to you for having the visceral and moral strength to speak your heart out. I assume this is what Nancy has done. I think most of us would like to do the same but do not have the chutzpah, for the reasons you enumerate….mainly; political correctness. I am reacting to what I hear, and I see many here are up in arms….. Who among us has never put his/her foot in it?…..yet, we all react sanctimoniously, some time or other. We all judge. We are all imperfect beings.
    However, being in the public eye should make one just a tad more wary and on guard, albeit I find her words not the least offensive. I think one poster made the point of bringing attention to the fact that Viola should have addressed ALL women of all races; not just women of color. That observation outshines them all. Straight to the crux of the matter. Wasn’t that Nancy’s point? But, because everyone jumped on her to feed, her intention was lost in the fray.

    Timmm replied

    Mateo, “Voice of Reason!”

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    Abruzzfan replied

    Thank you Mateo! Well said!

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  27. Steven says:

    NLG has put her foot in her mouth!

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  28. Aria says:

    Oh I love nlg but talk bout stepping on shit, this is what happens when your on Twitter, and political correctness gone amock. Some people will use this just to cause trouble, these people on Twitter who protest for injustice yet have no trouble asking for boycotts and for someone to get fired, it’s all one big joke.

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  29. MissySnow says:

    Why NLG felt the need to tinkle all over a fellow actress on her own network boggles the mind! Is it sour grapes because she’s still on daytime 40 years later?!

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    Beth replied

    That is Exactly what she did and I think being an unpaid spokesperson for Depends Undergarments- she can donate the proceeds to charity– and also wear them on GH in her love scenes. Mea Culpa and stay dry!
    She has a job and fame- has worked steadily for decades and money in the bank. Monica is probably on foodstamps now but she isn’t slamming others. Why not congratulate her or say nothing. Then the hole just dug deeper.
    Also, the BLTs on GH are made with Romaine lettuce from what I have seen and this seems not good to me, prefer iceberg and would like avocado on mine.

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    su0000 replied

    MissySnow..
    did you read the actual tweets, all of them?
    if you have you either missed what was actually said, or are just going along with other people’s opinions that may not have read the the line of tweets and just rolling with chatter.. lol

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    MissySnow replied

    Yes, I read NLG’s tweets and still think she just felt the need to tinkle all over Viola’s Emmy win instead of saying,”congrats” or saying nothing at all which would have not gotten her into what will probably be a huge smack down from her ABC/D employer,,,,JMO. I don’t think NLG is a racist, she opened up her mouth and spent all night trying to remove her backside!

  30. rcraig says:

    I’m sorry to say I was really irritated by Violas speech. I am so sick and tired of actors, whether black, gay or whatever using award shows to promote their cause, how do you ever expect people to get along when speeches like this just keep the pot stirred up. Everyone, every race, every gender has something to complain about. Why oh why can’t we all just get along and live our lives. No more award show for me

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    CeeCee replied

    I agree. Viola took advantage of the platform regaled to her . A thank you, for the honor, would have sufficed. Where was the poise; the grace? As you say, we all have a gripe about something….air the issue within the appropriate forum.

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    Timmm replied

    I dont watch award shows except for daytime or Country. Seems these are the only groups who are somewhat connected to reality! I saw clips of the Emmys and MOST of the people in Hollywood are so out of touch with the common man or women! I mean, the E Network has a freakin FOOT CAM!

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    Abruzzfan replied

    I agree Rcraig – It is a dumb and meaningless award show. I am so sick and tired of actors, whether black, gay or whatever using award shows to promote their cause. Sigh!

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  31. Gmbenet says:

    Fight, fight!!!! Nancy needs to get a whip and a chair and fight off that GREEN-EYED Monster – jealousy! Fight him, Nancy! Fight him off! You can do it! SNAP, SNAP! (Popping of the whip!) (giggle, giggle)

    Now that I’ve had a little fun with this situation…I don’t think Nancy is a racist. I think she wants a Primetime Emmy win, as I am sure other actresses – white or black or other ethnicity – do too!

    I don’t keep up with actors from soaps other than Days, so I do not know whether or not Nancy has won a Daytime Emmy. I am also not familiar with her work on Primetime if she has any. If she has won a Daytime Emmy, she should be proud. Not to say she should not strive for an Primetime Emmy or an Oscar. I just mean enjoy what you get where you are and not stress over what you don’t have. Such stressing can lead to behavior such as Nancy’s tweets after Viola’s Primetime Emmy win.

    Sounds like Nancy’s frustration got the best of her on Sunday night. That frustration is not necessarily racism (although I understand why some believe it is). Viola, because of her race and experiences in the Entertainment Industry has a perspective that white actresses do not have. But each individual has their own journey and perspective shaped by their own experiences.

    Many white women may not be able to relate to some of Viola’s experiences. That’s okay too. Sometimes you just have to be happy for someone else’s good fortune and keep working on achieving your own goals, enjoying the journey while you do. Your time will come.

    As an African-American, I take no offense at Nancy, because she is human and by her own admission has been “schooled”. Her own frustration about what she doesn’t have got the best of her for a moment. Let her recover. She’ll be alright.

    I wish Nancy the best in her career.

    By the way, I have the impression that a Daytime Emmy is not as prestigious as a Primetime Emmy. If that is true, that is silly. Work is work. Actors from both Daytime and Primetime work hard at their craft. An Emmy is an Emmy is an Emmy and should be regarded as such. Failure to do so can breed the type of frustration that Nancy stumbled over. Such stumbling blocks need to be removed.

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  32. yorknew1960 says:

    As a black woman I didn’t see any offence to what she said. I felt what she tweeted she should have worded differently to make her point, which was the speech should have meant for all woman in the industry. I follow her and as a fan of hers and I have NEVER seen her come of as racist. She is an outspoken person who have very strong views on different things but the backlash and nasty tweets to her was un call for. She apologize, she new she was wrong and will most likely regret it for the rest of her life, but she’s also a human being. Viola has her win and made history and that comment will take nothing of that.

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  33. mark says:

    an emmy win is not like an oscar which even that is forgotten by next week. awards mean very little and a pleasant thank you is sufficient. these people are just actors. i dont know what everyone gets so riled up about.

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  34. Alan says:

    Thank goodness world hunger, unemployment, and all the rest of the world’s problems have apparently been solved so that we can focus on Nancy Lee Grahn’s tweets.

    *sigh*

    If people spent half as much time working to achieve equality instead of complaining about a Twitter account of all things, the world would be a much better place.

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  35. KM says:

    While Nancy is checking her own privilege she might also give a little reality check to her own show and the soap industry in general. Lead roles for actors of color are few and far between. Every soap has their share of white female leads. Are those women treated as well as the male leads? No, often not but at least they have far more opportunity than women of color. And that was the crux of Viola Davis’s Emmy speech. As she said, you can’t win an Emmy for roles that are simple not there. Her win was historic and Nancy Lee Grahn tried to make it about herself and the sort of roles she wished were getting instead of acknowledging this one woman who did manage to break into the top echelon because of her talent and do it in spite of the barriers placed in path way along the journey.

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  36. Gina says:

    Ms. Grahn repeatedly tweets insensitive comments about a myriad of topics, coming across as a self absorbing hypocrite with little tolerance of opposing viewpoints. I am not surprised at this backlash as her comments were clearly insulting to Viola and diminished her Emmy win!! Her mea culpa is somewhat hollow but at least she acknowledged her missteps!! She she show more kindness and tolerance in future tweets!!

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    su0000 replied

    the tweets;

    Nancy Lee Grahn ✔@NancyLeeGrahn
    Viola Davis winning lead actress Emmy’s historic. My upset is acting awards dont fix racial injustice. As an actor I see how irrelevant we r
    ///
    Nancy Lee Grahn ✔@NancyLeeGrahn
    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.
    ///
    Nancy Lee Grahn ✔@NancyLeeGrahn
    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
    ///
    Nancy Lee Grahn ✔@NancyLeeGrahn
    Schooled. As surrogate 2 last democratic presidents I thought I needed no lesson in equality. I was wrong. Please accept my apology.
    ///
    Nancy Lee Grahn ✔@NancyLeeGrahn
    I’ve taking a whoopin 2night and as u can see will rightfully stay up all night to talk to you.
    ///
    Nancy Lee Grahn ✔@NancyLeeGrahn
    3am.Tried 2 respond 2 u with love as I should, Gotten mostly condescension & vitriol.Tomorrow, new day. Wont begin it with anything but love
    ///
    Nancy Lee Grahn ✔@NancyLeeGrahn
    30 yrs an advocate 4 human rights & now i’m a racist. Color me heartbroken. Twitter can bring out the best & sadly tonight the worst of us.
    ///

    Grahn also attempted to explain where her comments were coming from in another post.

    “I apologize for my earlier tweets and now realize I need to check my own privilege,” she wrote. “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”

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  37. kiki smith says:

    NLG sounds like a racists. Her apologies were hollow, ABC should fire her.

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    rebecca1 replied

    Wrong, wrong and…wrong.

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    su0000 replied

    when a person calls another a racists they are a racists themselves..
    ummm whites are also called racists names by blacks along with other racist comments about white people but they are not allowed to call it racism LOL :)
    It is political correctness gone wild that is in itself destructive..

    Timmm replied

    Your wrong!

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  38. CeeCee says:

    OMG. Beth. How funny are you? Let’s have lunch.

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    Beth replied

    I am so so hungry and have no bacon. I blame Nancy for that as well. I would never tweet for fear of being bashed and hesitate to comment on here as well as it does seem pretty brutal and I am too fat and old to fight. I grew up with soaps and to hear all the slams about soaps being over or not relevant makes me fear the same. But it also seems new versions in different formats, etc., are being well-received. I used to love the Daytime Emmys but now they are what – broadcast on AM radio from an adult bookstore in West Hollywood- depressing. RIP Jackie Collins and the classic line from one of her books- “poor poor bitch” has remained in my vocabulary since first read. Also Angela Channing from Falcon Crest “This is nothing less than rape!” -though of course it was. A buffet, Thai, or BLTs?

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    Patrick replied

    LOL giddily !

    “…broadcast on AM radio from an adult bookstore in West Hollywood “

    Timmm replied

    BACON! Just dont bring Heather Webber with you!

    Beth replied

    If anyone deserves an emmy– give another one to Debbi Morgan and hello- why is she not on GH? Why are there no blacks, whites or asians on all the telenovellas on Univision and other Spanish networks that I occasionally watch and wish I could speak Spanish- and these shows seem to thrive. The rules were changed with this year’s emmys so the entire membership voted and not just elite panels.

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    Beth replied

    Over Nancy though, bigtime and want to know is Donna Mills over at GH? Is Heather over? Can we vote on who to bring back to life or freed–say 3 picks per person. Alan and Monica and Heather for me. And Donna, and Joan Van Ark but with her old face not the Faison Mask

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    Patrick replied

    3 picks per person

    can’t pick with certainty…

    it’d be from someone from Another World, Guiding Light, or As The World Turns

    Beth Chamberlain, ex-Lorelei / Beth, GL
    Stephen Schnetzer, Cass Winthrop, AW
    Jon Hensely, Holden Snyder, ATWT

    runner-up… Crystal Chappell, Robin Christopher, Robert Newman (LOVE THEM)

  39. Chloe says:

    This too shall pass ;)

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  40. blake says:

    I love seeing liberals go at each other and their PC bull comes back to bite them in the ass.

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    penny replied

    I feel the same way about conservatives, *cough* donald trump.

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    CeeCee replied

    That’s Uuuuuge!!!!

  41. Donna says:

    I liked NLG on SB but not so much as Alexis. Once she got on social media in which she not only gives her opinions which she is entitled to, she also is insulting to those she does not like and I don’t mean just in response. She just sounds off and doesn’t care about how it sounds to others. She doesn’t show any respect for anyone that does not fit into her self righteous opines .
    This has made me dislike her as a person which affects how I feel about her character This may be wrong, but I am 60 yrs old and that is just how I am won’t change. I don’t think I am the only one and that is not good for her or GH. it is bad enough when big stars with a lot of clot dive into politics which imho polarizes us even more. Like I just want to watch a show. Entertainment for the most part should be an avenue to bring us together.
    What she said, right or wrong? who knows. But every thought one penetrates one’s consciousness does not need to be spoken or written aloud.
    I do think NLG is privledged to be working steadily with good money for so many years. She has also been allowed to vent her thoughts for the most part without much push back. unlike a lot of people. . Like TG they both appear put out that the career wasn’t more than it was. But is was so much more, in so many ways than the average person or actor. .,
    Want to know a truth ? there are a lot of people who don’t have anyone to listen or really help even when they say they are. who cares about my twitter account or opinions. wish someone did.. My husband is a vet, trying to use the VA system due to cost of on our own. Nothing has changed and for all the blabbing no one cares so I may be mean but the problems of ‘good roles’ for any actor is not high on my list of concerns.

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    Rose replied

    I hear you, Donna. I feel the same way sometimes about an actors, sports figures, etc, and their personal lives and opinions. They have a right to voice them, but they have to be prepared to take the fallout, if any. I’m just trying to keep away from pop-culture expose’ stuff so they don’t cloud my enjoyment of their performances. Easier said than done.

    Also, I hope the VA system works for your husband. It hasn’t been so easy to hide from the stories on this subject for someone who follows the news. :)

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    Mo replied

    Sometimes it’s better to have some mystery.

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  42. Ginger says:

    I loved Viola Davis’ speech and got quite emotional (I am caucasian). Nancy Grahn made a mistake. She apologized. Only if one has never made a mistake, can one fault this wonderful woman. I have and I will always be a fan.

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  43. DYLAN says:

    I am not reading any other posts on here, so I hope I don’t duplicate what anyone else said. I have a lot of opinions on this, hopefully I have something fresh and new for people to read and think about. Upon first reading the headline, not even the article, my first thought was “Why is Nancy Grahn saying ANYTHING about this at all?! Other than maybe CONGRATULATIONS TO A FELLOW EMMY WINNER.” Next, I was flabbergasted when Nancy said she wished she got Viola’s roles. Um, Nancy…you’re white! You’re not going to get her roles! Nancy Grahn had one of the best female roles ever written (daytime or primetime) in Julia Wainwright Capwell on the late great Santa Barbara, and although Alexis has suffered mightily at the hands of misogynistic male writers, she has definitely been a good role and gainful employment for almost 20 years. Being an activist of any kind is dangerous! Activists are nothing more than pigheaded, judgmental people who believe their way is the right way, the ONLY way, and anyone else can’t have an opinion, or share it, or voice it. Activists, of any kind, are just bullies on an adult playground! What the hell is anyone being an activist for? Four little words are so much nicer…Live and Let Live!

    I do not use twitter. I don’t get it. I don’t want millions of strangers misinterpreting what I say in broken English and half punctuated with numbers. I must refer to Ron Carlivati here. He was hostile and petty and childish and malicious on twitter and other forms of social Media. And for what? Because people disagreed with him. It didn’t matter….no one was off limits…actors, colleagues, fans…he would insult ANYONE. And he kept his job for an amazingly long time after starting that crap. Any employee in a non show business job would have been canned instantly. Let’s put this in perspective. I am a Server in a restaurant. Nowadays, ANYONE can go on Trip Advisor, or ANY restaurant review site, and say anything they want about the food, or the service, even personally attacking the server. As the server, if I read the review, I cannot hit REPLY, and go on to bash or attack that customer! I may want to, but I know, if my bosses saw that, I would be fired instantly! We live in a dangerous scary world, where any of us have the capability to ruin someone’s career, reputation, or life just by logging online and typing 140 characters!

    I think these celebrities need to a) Get over themselves and their inflated sense of importance. Nancy knew her words would make waves. b) Lay off the booze! I am sure many of these messages originate as these celebrities are indulging in their mind altering substance of choice. c) Don’t say stupid, controversial things (hi Joy Behar), and then realize that you were wrong, and backpedal and apologize. Shut up and worry about your own life. d) Go to work, be glad you’re gainfully employed, and realize that an Emmy is nothing more than a popularity contest like winning a Student Council election in school. The entertainment industry is littered with emmy winners, even MULTIPLE Emmy winners, who aren’t working. Very often, an emmy and a quarter, a person could make a call at a payphone. An Emmy is a nice personal night for the winner, and always a fond memory, but it’s just that, like winning any award. The moment is fleeting, and means not too much in the long run! e) Grow up!!

    Nancy herself was part of a historic Emmy win back in 1989, where she tied with an African Actress, Debbi Morgan. No one took anything away from either of them. It was a wonderful moment, and way before ties ever became as ridiculously commonplace as they were in the past few years. Social media didn’t even exist then. There were soap magazines published every two weeks, or every month, readers could write in, a month later a few opinions would appear, and that was that. Nancy has since won a second Emmy, and been nominated several times, and to my knowledge, no one has said a disparaging word.

    I have a hard time following Twitter language, because my mind is not conditioned to think that way. I type before, not b4. I type great, not gr8. I am a writer. I love the English language in all its complexity, and I cannot stand internet abbreviated speak. For me, it is the domain of 10-12 year olds. Hearing adults do it is just embarrassing to me, and maybe why Twitter never caught my attention. With that said, I had a very hard time even deciphering what Nancy’s rant was about! (Hence why I mention the booze…) Was she jealous? Does she want to be in Primetime? Is she saying that Viola was wrong to focus on the struggles of black women, and not mention white women? Her post was erratic, confusing, and unnecessary. Now she has to stay up into the wee hours trying to do damage control.

    Had Nancy simply typed CONGRATULATIONS ON A VERY DESERVING WIN!! all of this ridiculous drama and b.s. could have been avoided! People are free to think whatever they want, and feel whatever they want. But when they take to Social Media, they need to be damn careful with what they write. Momma’s advice is SO often the best…THINK BEFORE YOU SPEAK…TREAT OTHERS AS YOU WOULD WISH TO BE TREATED…WHAT GOES AROUND COMES AROUND…All those old chestnuts and nuggets of wisdom still apply…white, black, celebrity, non-celebrity…we are all human and subject to the same feelings, and emotions.

    Do I think Nancy should be tarred and feathered? No! I would have to have understood the point she was trying to make in order to understand what the outcome might be. Do I think she will learn from this? Heck yes!! If it is her desire to work in primetime, she probably just burned hundreds of bridges that won’t be rebuilt. I don’t think Nancy, pushing 60, should be viewing her career in upward terms anymore. It’s not realistic. The Betty White phenomenon rarely happens, that actresses get more popular as they get older.

    Nancy has carved out a 35 year career in daytime drama. She has won accolades and Emmys and Soap Opera Digest Awards, and other awards, and been able to raise her daughter comfortably. I think she may need to realize that just because she is on a Soap Opera, doesn’t give her the right to turn that into a Soap Box. We know she is a feminist, and avidly Pro-Abortion, and we know those things because of media. It would be so nice to return to the era where soap characters were just that…characters. Where we didn’t know the actors’ names, or their personal lives, or their beliefs, or their causes, or their Twitter handle. Alas, those days are gone forever.

    Nancy is a phenomenal actress. When she is given the right material, she can make you laugh, make you think, and can positively break your heart! Her current story kind of makes her look like a moron, and has been doing so for the past two years of Carlivati’s mob-heavy writing. Hopefully now, with two women headwriters, they will restore Alexis to someone with intelligence, not a weak fool driven by her lust for a mobster in too tight underwear.

    This is an unfortunate incident that could EASILY have been avoided!!

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    Tristan replied

    Dylan, please allow me to co-sign your articulate, thoughtful, and especially well-argued post! I’ve read the posts on this site, yours is indeed a different “reading,” based upon your own life experience and your understanding of working-life realities. Thank you.

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    Rose replied

    Dylan…I think you made some very good points. But I am curious what your definition of an activist is because I don’t think all activists who lobby for human/animal rights, fair pay, climate, etc. are all the negatives you listed.

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    CeeCee replied

    Hi, Dylan,
    You have illustrated both the pros and the cons surrounding this idiotic thread. We all fall into the abyss….human nature. My Gran is wont to say, “The more you stir the caca pot, the more it stinks”. ( pardon the vulgarity).
    Nonetheless, I appreciate the fact that we share something…..that is, the love of the English language and its proper grammatical usage; among many other languages. I have a few short stories and poetry tucked away….very personal, never to be publicly aired. I also appreciate the fact that you do not put a comma after the word ‘hence’, LOL…..grammatically incorrect to do that……or the fact that ‘none’, ‘neither, either’ need a singular verb, not plural…….just to name a few. I sound like a broken record. But, allow me to say, it beats talking about Nancy Grahn and her continuous faux pas.

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    rebecca1 replied

    I like the way you express yourself Dylan and have agreed either passively or have posted so. However, here, I only agree with your point partially. The point I DON’T agree with is this sentence…

    “I don’t think Nancy, pushing 60, should be viewing her career in upward terms anymore. It’s not realistic. The Betty White phenomenon rarely happens, that actresses get more popular as they get older.” This very sentence was Nancy’s point! She acknowledged and congratulated Viola…but felt that the emphasis should have been on better roles for ALL women…including actresses who are no longer in their 20s. The point she was trying to make is that women in general have had problems getting roles that didn’t focus on sex and youth..and perhaps an acknolwedgment that the tide is hopefully changing, again, for ALL women would have been nice to b the focus. Or at least included. I’m thinking she doesn’t think sparse good roles are solely a black women’s plight.

    Though I beileve she could have worded it better, her words, unfortunately snowballed. It’s difficult to get people on THIS board to agree or not argue at times…imagine the amount of people reading her words…and then the news media jumping on the bandwagon.

    Reminds me of when Adam Levine (Maroon FIve) said JOKINGLY when his contestant on THE VOICE lost to Blake Shelton’s country artist…”I hate country” and people thought he meant he hates the United States and he should just get out!!!1 LOL. It was so ridiculous as well…Adam had to explain what he meant over and over again until he was just, “F it..” Think what you want…

    Communication is key. Interpretation, misinterpretation, subjective feelings on whichever subject..can all change the original intent.

    I feel bad for Nancy. What she thought was a powerful statement for ALL women (albeit there were certain things she shouldn’t have said as well)…much have caused her immense concern for her to be up trying to make herself understood.

    Sigh. There are so many more important things in life than endless warring…Sickening really….

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    Tristan replied

    Dylan, I do want to clarify that my agreement is with your discussion of working life realities and Twitter. I think you are somewhat naïve on the importance of activism: without activism America would still be ruled by Great Britain, slavery would not have been undermined, women wouldn’t have gotten the vote, blacks and women wouldn’t have gained equal protection via Title VII, gay marriage would still be illegal…I am sure you get my point. Without activism society’s real wrongs would not be “righted.”

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    CeeCee replied

    Three cheers for you, Tristan. Ruled by the Brits? Lordy, Lord deliver us from ______.

  44. E says:

    While we all talk of diversity, there is a lack of understanding of why Viola’s speech was so important and NLG’s comments were so hurtful. One cannot speak to the question of ALL women when subgroups of women are not well represented. There has been 67 emmy awards and Viola is THE FIRST African-American female winner. I’m pretty sure that number is in the single digits for other minorities as well. One has only to historically look at any discussion of ALL women and those discussions have generally only meant white women. It’s disheartening that whenever there is an opportunity to address the lack of opportunity for minorities, ANY minority group, that the focus must move to a discussion of the collective all.

    What NLG’s comments failed to recognize is that ON ANY GIVEN DAY she’ll have opportunities unavailable to minority actresses because the roles are not intended for them. Viola has ALWAYS been very vocal about the opportunities not afforded to her because she’s been told that she was not viewed because of her race and color as a leading lady. While we have made some advancements, one only need to remember the ratio, 67:1, to recognize how much further we need to go. Couching that issue in the collective “all”-almost guarantees that it will not be addressed.

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  45. E says:

    One has only to know American history to recognize the importance of the award forum. The entertainment industry has used this platform for decades to bring major issues to the everyday masses. It is because of the entertainment industry’s willingness to do this on a myriad of topics and to also economically support those topics which has “humanized” various issues. The usage has allowed many people who had no knowledge of or interaction with different groups to recognize that acknowledging diversity isn’t divisive, but exemplifies the American theme of being a melting pot. A melting pot is not homogeneous, but is made of various ingredients, all of which are as important as the next. I’m glad Viola chose this historic forum. I’ve had friends researching today who were surprised to find that Viola was correct on the dearth of opportunities for women of color in leading roles. They wouldn’t have keyed into this topic, but for her speech, just as they did after Ms Arquette’s speech. Where else would she reach this size population who are STILL discussing her speech days later? Kudos Viola!

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    Patrick replied

    “wallah”

    1. “…A melting pot is not homogeneous, but is made of various ingredients, all of which are as important as the next.”

    one couldn’t do with out the other

    2. “… The usage has allowed many people who had no knowledge of or interaction with different groups ”

    this platform… like any awards show… was her’s. she eloquently, carried herself… and intelligently spoke … and if it makes for conversation… I saluted her and teared up

    3. “…They wouldn’t have keyed into this topic, but for her speech, just as they did after Ms Arquette’s speech ”

    it’s always been my contention that equal pay… for both men and women… would bring together … eye to eye contact

    as for NLG : hang it up for awhile… your woman’ advocacy steer… just turned off kilt… I’m still pondering your ???? last tweet :

    “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”

    the key to me… was this an easy let out?

    “I admit that there are still some things I don’t understand ”

    you had the opportunity to not send your words
    you stayed up all night to address, redress, apologize,

    with clarity? exemplify ? personalize ? extend ?

    so be it

    Alexis Davis on the other hand… snore

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    Beth replied

    Louise Schaffer Rae Woodard RH/Goldie Kane AMC– OH– and she was Serena/Josie on Edge of night and her courtroom scene on youtube is excellent.
    who else?

    Beth replied

    1976. Serena/Josie (LOUISE SHAFFER) is unraveled when Adam (DONALD MAY) questions the cutting of Serena’s hair a few days ago when Serena’s hair isn’t any shorter…

    Beth replied

    And Debbi Morgan and Julia Barr

    Beth replied

    ok so maybe we get 6 women and 6 men–?? I need to add Meredith Betty Broderick Baxter/ Maureen on Y&R

    Beth replied

    ok 12 men 12 women and we start a new soap and write it on here. Add Dorothy Lyman/Opal AMC and Marcy Walker/Liza Colby/Eden Capwell

    Beth replied

    Ok Patrick what do you think if we add a Reverse SORAS once in awhile?

    CeeCee replied

    @Beth.
    Reverse SORAS? Now, that’s hysterical and something I’d love to see.

    Patrick replied

    I don’t know…

    imagine

    when an ingredient is left out… by omission or for something better

    is that possible

    when it comes to complementing one another

  46. Notorioustori says:

    As long as I can remember I’ve been a fan of NLG and her characters. I’d be lying if I said that last night wasn’t a disappointing display of foot-in-mouth disease. Just months ago she applauded Patricia Arquette for doing the *exact* same thing Viola Davis did: use her win as a platform to shine a light on inequality. I believe, however, that Nancy learned a very hard and real lesson Sunday night and I honestly feel for her.

    Yes, we are all entitled to our own opinions. Yes, we have First Amendments rights in this great country. However, we (as NLG has learned) do not speak into a bubble, nor a vacuum, where whatever comes out of our mouth – right or wrong – has no consequences and are not met, sometimes great fervor, with other varying and equally protected opinions. In today’s social media, we continue to learn that our intentions mean next to nothing and our words mean everything. I am not a fan of Donald Trump, but I witness how easy it is for some to praise/berate him for his opinions while doing the exactly opposite to Grahn. What makes one distasteful comment better or worse than the other beyond our own preferential feelings for these individuals? When one person gets a pass b/c “I like them” and the other gets tossed to the wolves b/c “they’re a(n) ______”; when our standards are subjective to our own agendas, we’re all taking a whiz in the reservoir. Our words have meaning. Period.

    The most important part, though, is that NLG apologized. Just as I did not question the intention of her original tweets, I will also not question the sincerity of her apology. She is human, just as we all are, and humans make mistakes. She, herself, has acknowledged this and I do believe she has learned from it and should absolutely 100% be forgiven. Of all the people I wish not to be in this world, she’s probably in the top ten thousand. Perhaps it is she who should’ve had her material written by Shonda Rhimes, lol.

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    Rose replied

    Notorioustori…I agree our words have meaning…what we think we have said, or the intent, may not be the way they are heard. A lesson for all of us I suspect.

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  47. Shay says:

    It would seem that the only tenuous thread which binds these two women is the surname of “Davis.” Viola is the actual article, whilst NLG only plays one on tv.

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  48. Timmm says:

    Viola should step out and either defend Nancy or questioned her BUT talk about what happened and move forward. Remember when people talked? Viola is a women. Nancy is a women. Discuss the issues and share their experiences and move on. Nancy should not be fired. She is not racist. Whoopi has said things on the “View” I disagree with and sometimes offended me. I dont watch the show. I dont expect Whoopi to be fired. If Nancy upset you, dont watch her! Both women work for ABC, owned by Disney. Neither should be fired. Tune out and let the chips fall where they fall. Quit pointing fingers UNLESS you walk on water! BTW, I find it odd that a 57 year old women is obsessed with Twitter! Just the same, Alec Baldwin looks like a fool, to!

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    Beth replied

    I was watching Extra last night and then Mario Lopez came on not in the show but in a commercial for Jublia and he was on the red carpet spotting Toenail Fungus. I thought it was hysterical. Why can’t we bring Heather?

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    Timmm replied

    Heather? Only if she brings Luke. I miss him!

    Beth replied

    I have seen no offical real interview with Nancy and is it possible she- just like Julian, is being set-up by Paul Hornsby?

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    CeeCee replied

    Lol. Yeah! This Paul Hornsby thing was such a last minute twist. He shot Sonny? What am I missing?

    Beth replied

    Remember Heather’s long-suffering mother? And Diana Taylor and I forget her son’s- no Stephan Lars the doctor who is in prison but what did he do? She can bring Luke and when she returned this last time she was rather nasty and killed immediately and chowed down BLTs. When she was on 300 years ago and I can still see her dressing in the nurse’s uniform I think and sneaking out of the mental hospital ?? But she was just kinda disturbed and clever and it built up with suspense and intrigue but did not take 9 months –or 2 years. It was great.

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    Beth Serena/Josie replied

    Neither Viola or Shonda will say one word and by that they are throwing shade on NLG. And what I love about this whole fetid affair is how life imitated art or true method acting as Patricia Arquette went CSI on NLG. Stop that right now!! I wish she would have seized NLGs tweeter and arrested her-but I digress-and often.
    I put myself in NLGs shoes–and they were way too small- but imagine working next to Grey’s Anatomy daily and putting in 3x the hours for 10x less pay. Then soap actors forced to pony up more for medical/dental than their nightime/movie counterparts and receive less in benefits. I would get pissy about that too and want more too, I am sure despite all the money and fame soap stars have- being paid less, working more and being thought of as lesser- would bug the sh*t out of me, too.
    There are hierarchies in every field regardless taxi/limo driver maid at motel 6 or 4 seasons sales at Nordstroms or Kmart.
    You can not say anything as a white person about people of color without the racist machine going into overdrive as it did instantly. But never, it seems, in reverse. NLG was cooking- which from what I understand is a huge challenge for her and not a slam-and probably a couple of glasses of wine and in and out of the kitchen- and tweeting and tweeting when she heard Viola’s speech her claws came out but I don’t think race ever entered her mind. I can see doing and have put my foot or feet in my mouth often and regret it and she did and does I think and I still like her. I think.

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    Beth Serena/Josie replied

    I have really spent a lot of time thinking about this and I can see why NLG is getting so much shit when I did not before. Huge huge moment of victory not only for Viola but for black people in her win and very emotional. NLG crapped on it. She is not a racist but crapping when and where she did was hurtful to a lot of people and interpreted as racism and I see that now too.

    Timmm replied

    Life isnt fair. Daytime works harder than Primetime and gets less money. In football, the linemen do all the dirty work and the quarterback gets ALL the money and endorsements. Race is a hot button issue that will never die. Sadly, we as Americans of all color need to look out for our fellow neighbors and worry about each other and look outside of this country for the enemy. We see it everyday. People from other countries want to ruin what we are blessed with as citizens of the USA. Do we appreciate that privileged? Quit pointing fingers because you dont look like the person standing next to you!

    Beth Serena/Josie replied

    Remember when people talked? Discuss the issues, share your experiences and move on. Those were your words in the start of the post. Now I need to quit pointing my fingers at those that don’t look like me and look outside the country for the enemy. Alrightee then, thanks, Timm.

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  49. jen says:

    I used to follow Nancy on twitter. Had to stop because all of her mean spirited remarks against anyone who was not just like her. I can barely stand to watch her on GH anymore

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    CeeCee replied

    See? I just don’t know what to think anymore, Jen. You are saying she’s mean and a downright she-devil with her tweets. I trust that’s true. She should be given a set-to. I hope she reads these comments and perhaps, some of our opinions/ observations will know some sense into her.
    While I am trying to give her the benefit of the doubt, I read another negative post such as yours.
    I do not like the character either. Could the actress live vicariously through her personification of Alexis? But, even Alexis is up there in years, acting as young as her youngest daughters.
    It certainly can’t be a phase or change of life ….way passed that. As Timmm said, what is a 57-year woman doing on Twitter? I am so on the fence about this. I would not make a good juror with my vacillating like this…LOL.

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    Beth Serena/Josie replied

    CeeCee galpal, loving you and I don’t tweet and you can go online to twitter and read people’s tweets without twitering yourself–albeit a good deal of the ones involved in this fiasco have been deleted by NLG and others—but sister I am in that same age group and if I did get my fat self on twitter I have as much right as a 20 year old. Many in their 40′s 50′s 60′s and beyond tweet and often have interesting things to say. xox

    CeeCee replied

    I’m sorry Beth. I don’t tweet. So, I spoke out of turn. Of course, you’re right. But, see where tweeting gets people? My bad, though. Nancy has a right to tweet and say what she pleases. ….and suffer the consequences when her tweets are misconstrued. I still think she meant well and people jumped all over her…peace out.

    Rebecca1 replied

    Fifty-seven, 67, 107…Trying to garner support for one’s projects or opinions has nothing to do with age (or sex, but, that’s another topic). People of ALL walks of life….and that includes different ages, are on Twitter. Disclaimer Lest this be cause for another battle round…this post is to no one on particular. It’s a statement of fact.

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  50. k/kay says:

    The only thing that happened Sunday night was NLG had too much to drink and got on twitter I am sure now that she is sober she is mortified. When ever we start this topic of race in this country I always think of the movie Guess Who’s coming to Dinner when Sidney Poitier is fighting with his father about him wanting to marry a white girl and he tells his father Dad you look in the mirror and see yourself as a black man I look in the mirror and see myself as a man. Race will never cease to exit as long as we have people like Jesse Jackson and Al Sharpton etc feeding the flames and I might add profiting off of it. As my husband would say nothing more to see here Let’s Move On!

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  51. Teri says:

    Here’s the thing about Social Media, it truly reveals what is behind the curtain and some celebrities need to understand and respect that. As a fan I personally don’t want to know what is behind the curtain and Social media, especially twitter has removed that air of mystery that I prefer to have with celebrities and many cases it’s turned me off of celebrities I really liked. Nancy Lee Grahn is one of them, once she started tweeting and sharing her every thought and opinion on subjects, some that are very personal to her fans it turned me right off of her. Now as has been proven it got her into trouble. I for one don’t care what she does or doesn’t love and she doesn’t speak for the masses, as she so egotistically presumes. This time it got her in very deep and embarrassing trouble. I for one am glad and I hope that she’ll not only think about it, but maybe get her ass off of twitter. A few other soap stars could do well to get off social media. Stick to acting and stop trying to tell us how we should think or feel about personal subjects such as religion, race and politics.

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  52. Rapids says:

    Has this blown over yet? I sure hope so. We live in an ultra politically correct world gone mad. Yes, Nancy should be careful what she says on Twitter as it is a mine field. She apologized, move on everyone.
    I get tired of Hollywood people who win awards using the platform to make political statements but it was Violas right to say what she wanted and she did.
    I did not watch much of the Emmys, I flipped in and out and what I saw was slow moving and boring.

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  53. Donna says:

    No, she needs to be held accountable for her words, once they are spoken outwardly (especially in public), you can’t ever take them back. All she can do is to acknowledge her wrong doing, apologize, accept the backlash, and she should get fired as did Paula Deen. There should be no double standard and she is no more deserving of a pass if Paula wasn’t given one. Because America is already working through the muddy waters of widespread racism and any one person getting away with any form of racism just widens the gulf and strengthens the tide for americans to have to cross. She Does Not get a pass! This most certainly is another opportunity to send a message that we (Americans) will not tolerate it, we must strive towards unity, respect, and celebrate our differences, and support one another as being americans. We can forgive her, but this will never be forgotten.

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    Beth Serena/Josie replied

    Paula has been given a huge pass and I don’t see any comparison between Paula’s actions and words and NLGs at all.

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    Donna replied

    The comparison is racism in any way shape or form in word or deed does damage be it a drop, cup, or bucket full we don’t need it. Both of these ladies need to be careful with their words and actions in an effort to not offend others, that is simply basic respect.

    Donna replied

    this is kind of funny..I am Donna and somebody else is here also Donna. actually I agree with the other Donna so that makes is easy. guess for now on I will be Donna M just to clarify.
    r. NLG…don’t think she should have made fun of Jack wagner in a tweet re. his drinking. As he pointed out he had been sober for about 7 yrs at that time and worked hard to get that way. I think that is what we mean by mean spirited. she does this a lot with people she doesn’t like or agree with..which seems to be on and the same. Donna M..will be using that in future.

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    Donna replied

    Donna M. this is funny, I am Donna M.too but I will know it is you responding in the future. I had no idea that she had such a problem with saying such insensitive and inappropriate things about others when we are all imperfect and being an actress with the likelihood of someone else examining your statements closely she should be more care, which I hope she will be after this firestorm and it must cost her something BIG in order to get her attention or this BAD habit will not be broken

    Beth Serena/Josie replied

    I don’t understand what NLG did that is racist. Jealous, mean-spirited, stupid I don’t know but Paula was using the N word and having plantation parties and is on ABC on DWTS right now. What was it she (NLG) did that is racist I have been trying to sort this out and see her comments as not good but what is racist please explain.

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  54. Lisa says:

    Hi Michael…I don’t want to sound naive but I too never understood why an actor would discuss race, politics or religion in their acceptance speech of an award show. That does not make me a racist…I just don’t appreciate them using it as a platform.

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    Donna replied

    Well, by virtue of their acting ability they have won this award for their body of work, they are given this time to express their appreciation and to speak on their personal journey which ultimately lead to their success of being able to bring a particular character to life. What her speech did was to bring attention to her struggle of getting a role like this to play because of her racial identity, it was necessary for her to give light to a subject that is obviously overlooked or ignored regarding opportunity because of racial appearances. Her point was that she is a good/excellent actress and would like to have more opportunities to play interesting roles because she and other people of color are capable. And these 3-4 minutes afforded to everyone who wins to show their appreciation and to tell of their experience in arriving to this point of success in winning the Emmy afforded her that right. If you didn’t like it, I’m sorry, but I hope this helps you to understand it and to get yourself prepared to experience more like it because when you are the first to do anything for any particular group who is being ignored or overlooked, you become that person who has the opportunity to speak for your group and make a difference and that is what she did. She won an opportunity for free advertisement for herself and others like her who want to work. On a bigger stage, but the same message “will work for food” lol, on a serious note go back and listen to the speech again and listen intently to it’s content, hopefully you would be able to extract the heart of the meaning of what she eloquently presented to the world, no other writer could have written it better. Any individual with years of education and training would like to finally be discovered for what they you, wouldn’t you? This is nothing new and we shouldn’t be offended in it, but listen because it is obviously an important subject that needs to be addressed and brought to the attention of “the powers that be”, she wanted to let Hollywood know she is capable and not to put her or other actors in a box because of appearance, but to judge them on their abilities, because if given the chance they are able to rise to the occasion. Hope this helps.

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    Rebecca1 replied

    I hear what you’re saying Donna but we get it. We’ve been getting it for a very long time. We don’t need to get it at every awards show. Viola made a similar speech when she deservedly won for the Academy Award for best supporting actress, screen actors guild award, Tony award. She was listed in TIME magazine as one of the 100 most influential people. She went to Juillard. She’s an amazing actress and I love everything she’s in. But she has and does get great roles.

    I watch EMPIRE, HOW TO GET AWAY WITH MURDER, SCANDAL, BLACKISH, EXTANT. FAMIlY FEUD because STeve Harvey’s hilarious. My point is these shows all all star black actors..and I don’t care! They’re just great shows with talented people. We have a biracial president who considers himself black. Some of the highest paid musicians are black…Byonce comes to mind. My point? Stop with the speeches. This is a new era where there is diversity and whatever sells, sells. And frankly, it gets tiresome. Let’s talk about dwarfs, unattractive people, oversight people, American Indians, Asians, Middle Eastern, handicapped…OTHER people who aren’t represented.

    Viola Davis is extraordinarily talented. But she’s had great opportunities and continues to get them. Her winning THiS award made Emmy history. Great…acknowledge it … We don’t have to be schooled. There are a LOT of people who are under represented thAt either are or aren’t black. And the thing is, right as she walked up I said out loud…” Oh, please, not another speech on race…”

  55. Kevin says:

    And in an interview with The New York Times on Thursday, Davis addressed her comments for the first time.

    “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,” she said.

    When asked if she was referring to Grahn, Davis responded, “Yes. I don’t know that I want to say more about that.”

    –Time Magazine interview with Viola Davis.

    Finnola Hughes-GH- is in her 50′s and tweets regularly. Her tweets are always kind, nice, wishing others well.
    I am 63 and not a twitter or tweeter but while we speak of racism and sexism what about ageism if there is such a thing. I refuse to be marginalized because of my age and that is my 2 cents on this.

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    Kevin replied

    I just wrote Time magazine inteview but it is New York Times. Not senile.

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  56. Donna says:

    Rebecca 1 thank you for your response and I must say that you are far more informed on Viola Davis’ accomplishments than I am. However, if you are equally as informed on US history many rights and opportunities of other disadvantaged groups have benefitted because of the advancements of AA. Most if not all other minority groups are hopeful and happy to see the advancement because they are well aware of American History which traditionally has shown that because of one group advancing and gaining privilege that they too will achieve the same, because the opening of another door. It just so happens that AA have paid their dues a little longer and have fought whatever battles they must and have crossed whatever hurdles that were presented in an effort to achieve their desired goal of 100% equality in their eyes. Because the fact is that if you are not a member of one of those under represented groups you don’t really know their reality, you could only assume and base your opinion on what information you are privy to by the means of media and we know how dependable the media can be. So you not wanting to hear another speech is just life, this is America, people will be people and will have differences of opinions because of their different backgrounds. History will continue to repeat itself, for example the LGBT community has taken most of their cues from the Civil Rights Movement and so on and so forth. So it just seems that what would be the easiest path to travel would be, that if we don’t like what is being said for 3-4 minutes how much effort would it really take to simply change the channel. We must learn to be tolerant and respectful towards others if we are going to continue to make progress in America. Hopefully you had an opportunity to tune into what the Pope had to say during his recent visit, there was a wealth of knowledge and wisdom given to us as a people to encourage us to do and be better. I rarely take the time to have this kind of dialogue with people that I don’t know, but I am willing to spend the time with a fellow American to discuss of differences of opinion to gain a better understanding and insight of who we are as a people in an effort to grow together. Grace, Peace, and Blessings to you and the other readers out there.

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    Rebecca1 replied

    Hi again Donna. And thank YOU…for your respectful reply. But I must call the “agree to disagree ” here. I understand what you’re saying, I am well P aware of our ( American history) and I STiLL don’t want to hear a speech each time a black actor accepts an entertainment award. If this were twenty years ago, ten years ago…okay. The times have changed, and I don’t think anyone in the industry today needs to hear or be lectured about the history of black actors. They know. Programming, celebrity, musicians, film, TV…it’s cap hanged, expanded..and continues to evolve. I also don’t want to turn a program on and off…I want to be entertained.

    There is an under representation of Jewish life on TV Nd film. There is barely a Jewish character on a soap, nor are the Jewish holidays mentioned on soaps..or prime time for that matter, during the holiday season. There are Jewish writers, directors and actors…some of the most populLar actors on soaps, on other TV shows as well as film stars…but they rarel play a Jewish character. I wonder how epwell accepted a Hannukah special would be..or if half the soap families celebrated Passiver and wore Jewish stars insteaspd if crosses.

    My point? What I said before…there are many under represented groups…whether they be a religious minority or culture, a habdicapped person, an overweight person…a less than beautiful person.

    I would be more moved by a speech from Peter Dinklage (hope I got his last name right…too lazy to look it up now) the actor, a dwarf, who won for supporting actor on Game of Thrones. he’s an amazing actor; Ive seen him not only on that spectacular show but others as well. I would have understood and applauded a speech if he’d made one regarding the acceptance if people who don’t fit the norm…THAt would be a speech that would bring awareness to a truly under represented people.

    And yes, I listened to the Pope ‘s speech. He is a man of peace and compassion. Very mesmerized by his humanity….

    Best…

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    Rebecca1 replied

    And, as always, until I download a better auto spell for my iPad…please excuse misspellings that seem to occur unbeknownst to me unti I hit send!

    First paragraph, 7 lines down…Cap hanged, lol, should read ” changed.”

    Second para should be AND film…not ND

    And ugggggg…too many more to correct. Hopefully my points are understood.

  57. jess says:

    Remember when Nancy Lee Grahn thought Jon Bon Jovi, who resembles soap star Jack Wagner, looked drunk on an awards show? She tweeted that “Jon Bon Jovi looks like a drunk Jack Wagner on this awards show.” What she meant was, Jon Bon Jovi, who resembles Jack Wagner, looked drunk. Hence, Jon Bon Jovi looked like a drunk Jack Wagner. Or…..He looks like Jack Wagner, oh and he seems drunk too. I could go on, but I hope you get the picture.

    Jack Wagner is an ex alcoholic, so he and his rabid fans took offense. Ridiculous right? In no way did Miss Grahn insult Jack Wagner or his addiction, or his hard earned road to recovery.

    Her words were misconstrued by highly over sensitive groups of people, same as this situation.

    She said nothing wrong!!! She just offended YOU, and YOU need to get over it.

    Bye, Felicia.

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    Charina Billenwillms replied

    I too think Nancy was being a little petty when she made her statements. Dont think it means she’s a racist just having a petty moment. Who is she to speak on when the topic should be addressed? Different issues are addressed @ these type of awards all the time but only gets rebuked when it’s about African Americans. The funny thing is like one person pointed out, all ethnic actors/actresses go through this. I just think it’s more so w/African Americans/Afro Latinas because we don’t get to take speech therapy to lose our accents & still fit in because we can’t pretend we are Caucasian because the color of our skin can never be changed. Therefore Nancy will never know that struggle we go through DAILY but a black woman will always know her struggle because; after all she is still a woman!

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  58. Charina Billenwillms says:

    @ Rebecca1 not our fault if other people don’t put things out there when they get the opportunity. Did you not point out that there are many Jewish directors etc….out there but yet they don’t stand up & say anything. Viola simply pointed out that there was not enough opportunity & there is not. Did you say maybe 10 or 20 yrs ago it would have made a difference? So that must mean we can go down the streets & not be called out our name or get looked @ crazy when we walk into a country/western bar. I’m sure Rebecca1, just like me, your approached walking to the bathroom of an upscale establishment with the words, “I have never been w/a black woman before but I’ve always wanted too. Here’s my card call me!”. It does not happen as frequently as maybe 20 yrs ago but it’s still happening. I can’t even go out to eat w/my husband & our best friends w/out the waitress asking is my check seperate because I’m the only COLORED WOMAN in the group. Not to mention when we all walk in (& me & my husband are holding hands) the hostess always ask are we together? Or how I just took him to a comedy club for his b-day this wknd & as soon as we walked in another couple zeroed in on us & talked to us f o r awhile. As soon as my husband exscused himself to the rest room the woman husband looks @ me & says, “So honey how did you snag yourself a rich rancher because girls like you don’t come out way a lot?” I’m sure this type of stuff happens to you all the time that’s why you know what’s happening to us COLORED people in the real world. It happens to you too! Get out of here & talk on what you know to be fact because I only talked on what happens to me. If those are sum of the words spoken to me, I wonder what is being said to all the other millions of minorities across this great nation???????? But I’m sure you already know!!!!!!!!!

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    Rebecca1 replied

    @Charina Billenwillms…

    And by the same token it’s not “our” problem and “we” shouldn’t have to be subjected to another lecture on race.

    Your answer is the epitome oh hypocritical. Nancy Graham shouldn’t have assumed that Viola Davis hadn’t faced discrimination, but it’s okay for YOU to assume that I haven’t. It’s okatpy for you to assume Jewish people haven’t. You assume, because you have felt uncomfortable being the sole black person in an establishment, that I, or other Caucasian people haven’t felt uncomfortable in a primarily black environment. Or felt physically threatened. Perhaps a white Jewish person, who is the only Jewish person at an event…but it is not known he or she is Jewish, hasn’t heard some anti Semitic crap. You assume a lot.

    Now I’m going to assume if a Jewish actor got up on stage and accepted an award for playing a zjewish character..and then gave a speech that there should be more Jewish characters, and then said that same speech at every awards show…that many wouldn’t be standing, cheering and applauding. Why? Religious intolerance? Bigotry? The assumption, wrongly so, that ‘the Jews run the media?”

    I’m not going to get into a contest with you over which group has faced more discrimination…but believe me I could. But it’s more popular and trendy these days to get crazy over Paula Deen’s use of the “N” word…and it WAS disgusting…don’t get me wrong. But where was the cries of disgust when Hakke Berry made a Hewish nose joke on Leno a few years ago…when Mel Gibson went on an anti Jewish tirade? He had millions of supporters around the world…millions who flocked to his film…he was drunk, excused. What if Bill Cosby was white and 3/4 of the women who said he attacked them were black…would Whoopie and others septillion be defending that white actor.

    This discussion has taken a turn toward racism…but that’s what happens when you constantly evoke it like, in my opinion, Viola Davis did. She’s an incredible actress. Phenomenal. And it was great to accept the first black recipient fir the Emmy in her category. I STiLL don’t want to hear the same speech over and over again, even as there are more and more roles every day. It’s tedious. It’s not entertainment…and as I’ve just explained above, yet again, there are more people in this country than black, each with their individual stories individually and collectively. But it seems to me it is the black culture, who by the way us not without their Orem prejudice…that keeps feeling the need to talk about it. I’m not going to jump on the bandwagon and applaud it. As speeches go, it was eloquent. Now let’s move on paleeeeeeez.

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    Rebecca1 replied

    @Charina Billenwillms…

    And by the same token it’s not “our” problem and “we” shouldn’t have to be subjected to another lecture on race.

    Your answer is the epitome of hypocritical. Nancy Graham shouldn’t have assumed that Viola Davis hadn’t faced discrimination, but it’s okay for YOU to assume that I haven’t. It’s okay for you to assume Jewish people haven’t. You assume, because you have felt uncomfortable being the sole black person in an establishment, that I, or other Caucasian people haven’t felt uncomfortable in a primarily black environment. Or felt physically threatened. Perhaps a white Jewish person, who is the only Jewish person at an event…but it is not known he or she is Jewish, hasn’t heard some anti Semitic crap. You assume a lot.

    Now I’m going to assume if a Jewish actor got up on stage and accepted an award for playing a Jewish character..and then gave a speech that there should be more Jewish characters, and then said that same speech at every awards show…that many wouldn’t be standing, cheering and applauding. Why? Religious intolerance? Bigotry? The assumption, wrongly so, that ‘the Jews run the media?”

    I’m not going to get into a contest with you over which group has faced more discrimination…but believe me I could. But it’s more popular and trendy these days to get crazy over Paula Deen’s use of the “N” word…and it WAS disgusting…don’t get me wrong. But where was the cries of disgust when Halle Berry made a Jewish nose joke on Leno a few years ago…when Mel Gibson went on an anti Jewish tirade? He had millions of supporters around the world…millions who flocked to his film…he was drunk, excused. What if Bill Cosby was white and 3/4 of the women who said he attacked them were black…would Whoopie and others be defending that white actor? I’m going to “assume” not. Maybe I’m wrong,,,just basing it on history like let’s say…OJ.

    This discussion has taken a turn toward racism…but that’s what happens when you constantly evoke it like, in my opinion, Viola Davis did. She’s an incredible actress. Phenomenal. And it was great for her to be the first black recipient for the Emmy in her category. I STiLL don’t want to hear the same speech over and over again, even as there are more and more roles every day. It’s tedious. It’s not entertainment…and as I’ve just explained above, yet again, there are more people in this country than black, each with their individual stories, individually and collectively. But it seems to me it is the black culture, who by the way us not without their own prejudice…that keeps feeling the need to talk about it. I’m not going to jump on the bandwagon and applaud it. As speeches go, it was eloquent. but I’ve heard her say each time she accepts an award…there is such a divide…like we’re all supposed to vp cheer and well up…

    Viola said when asked about Nancy’s comment something about some people not liking to be left out..is something to that effect. That’s right. When you say things like president Obama did, “he could be my son,” when you accept an award and talk about black roles in the media, it’s not non blacks who are creating one widening the chasm. If we’re going to be offended by the Paula Deen’s, let’s be offended by the Spike Lee’s and the Mel Gibson’s.

    As far as you going off on me..I don’t know you, I have no idea about your country western experience…and the topic was the media. I spoke nothing about your experience ad a “colored” person…your sarcastic word, not mine. And, if you read my words on this or the Viola post, I am an advocate for minorities…whether they’re Jewush, zhispanic, Asian, handicapped, obese, etc. All people. There just seems to be an emphasis on one and I’ve grown way weary of it.

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