General Hospital star Nancy Lee Grahn sparks Twitter backlash after criticising Viola Davis’ Emmys win

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General Hospital star Nancy Lee Grahn has been forced to apologise, after she criticised actress Viola Davis’ Emmys win in a string of tweets overnight.   

The 57-year-old actress – who’s known in the US for her progressive views and women’s rights activism –  blasted Davis’ much lauded acceptance speech, saying she should have got her showrunner Shonda Rhimes to write it and made it more inclusive to the discrimination faced by all women in the industry.

Davis – who yesterday became the first black woman in history to win the Emmy for Best Actress in a Drama Series, for her role in Rhimes’ How To Get Away With Murder – quoted early black civil rights activist Harriet Tubman in her acceptance speech, and highlighted the ongoing battle for representation faced by black actresses in Hollywood, saying “the only thing that separates women of colour from anyone else is opportunity.”

Grahn, meanwhile, took to Twitter to share her thoughts, and dug deeper and deeper as the backlash streamed in from followers.

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