|Nancy Lee Grahn is trending on Twitter after comments following Viola Davis' historic Emmy win.|
In one of her initial comments about Davis' win, Grahan tweeted, "I think she's the bees knees but she's elite of TV performers. Brilliant as she is. She has never been discriminated against."
The two-time Emmy winning actress quickly offered a mea culpa but the discussion continued. Even Oscar winner Patricia Arquette weighed in.
@kingquartermain Try being any woman in TV. Wish she'd brought every woman in the picture. I wish I'd opportunity to play roles she has gets— Nancy Lee Grahn (@NancyLeeGrahn) September 21, 2015
@NancyLeeGrahn Stop that right now. It is a venue for whatever the WINNER wants 2 say.It is her win. She is saying something that is proven— Patricia Arquette (@PattyArquette) September 21, 2015
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) September 21, 2015
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) September 21, 2015
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) September 21, 2015
@LexieS1723 Look Im human and an activist for all women 4 40 yrs. I made an asshole tweet. I apologize. thats all.— Nancy Lee Grahn (@NancyLeeGrahn) September 21, 2015
Grahn's longer apology: "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."
Nancy Lee Take the pill darling Just take the pill..... #teamviola— Debbie Allen (@msdebbieallen) September 21, 2015