Last night was the second season kick-off of the highly-acclaimed series How to Get Away with Murder on ABC. And if you caught the opener it was a doozy, and quite the jaw-dropper!
Series star Viola Davis, who became the first African-American actress to win the Lead Actress in a Drama Series last Sunday at the 67th Annual Primetime Emmys this week visited Ellen.
During her visit, Viola discussed her acceptance speech which has continued to be much bantered about, because of it’s content. She noted, when she started to talk about white women and crossing over the line, her husband mentioned to her after her win: “‘V, I didn’t know where you were going with that! I really didn’t! When you were saying those white women with their arms stretched out over the line, I was like What is she doing?’ But he said, ‘When you said Harriet Tubman said it, I was like, ‘Oh my God, thank God.’” Ellen DeGeneres chimed in and said she thought Davis was drunk when she started the speech! Viola laughed and admitted to drinking prosecco before the show as she was getting ready for the red carpet at home.
Viola’s speech was also brought up by an interview with her in the New York Times where they about her reasons for her choice of words in the speech on, and the issue some of taken for lack of inclusion for all women in it. Davis said: “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.” The reporter went in on it and said, “You mean the soap opera actress (Nancy Lee Grahn, GH), who argued on Twitter that Ms. Davis’s speech was misleading because she was part of an elite group of actresses who had never been held back by discrimination?” To which Viola replied: “Yes. I don’t know that I want to say more about that”
So, what do you think about the comments made by Viola’s husband and Ellen regarding their initial thoughts on Viola’s Emmy speech? And the HTGAWM star’s acknowledgment that she knows of General Hospital’s Nancy Lee Grahn’s tweets and thoughts on it?
Watch Viola on Ellen discussing her speech after the jump. Then weigh-in!