Tuesday, September 22, 2015

A true tale of two actresses

The is the extremely talented and in demand actress Viola Davis.  You probably recognize her from one of her many films or television appearances.  She just won the Emmy award for 'Best Actress in a Dramatic Series,' she's the first African American actress to win that award.  And of course she used her win to advocate for more roles, especially like the one she won the Emmy for, for actresses of color, especially for black actresses.  She did it in a totally classy way that should have upset no one, except for hardcore haters and thin skinned racists.

This is Nancy Grahn.  You probably have no clue as to who she is because she's a rapidly aging 'C' list soap opera actress.  She's in the minor leagues of filmed entertainment, just barely one step above doing dinner theater in some podunk town.  She took exception with Ms. Davis's Emmy acceptance speech.  She was miffed that Davis has the audacity to use her speech to advocate for more roles for women of color.  She also claimed that Davis never experienced any discrimination in her career.  She thought Ms. Davis ought to be speaking out on behalf of all women, not just those of color and she said as much on Twitter.

Jealous much Nancy?  You're career sputtered out in the minor leagues while a much better actress of color eclipsed you many years ago.  And then she goes on to win while you're reduced to sending out tweets while you sit on a gas station toilet and cry because your career will never ever be half the one that Viola Davis has managed to carve out, well that must make your blood boil.  I'll bet you're the type of person who shouts that "ALL LIVES MATTER!" when you hear someone say that "Black lives matter."

And honestly, for you to say that Davis has experienced no discrimination in her career?  Well, that's just some serious stupid right there.  All people of good will, and by that I mean white people like you and me, well, maybe not you, can agree that all black people in the USA face discrimination at some point in their lives, most likely every day or at least every week.  And black women face a higher incidence of discrimination because of a pernicious little thing called 'male privilege,' which means that they face discrimination based on their gender and their skin color, a double whammy if you will.  So for you to confidently and cavalierly assert that a black woman has faced no discrimination in her career, and you may even think that she never faced it in her life as well for all I know, that shows how little you actually know.  And you should be ashamed of yourself for saying that, but I'm sure that after all those years of having to toil in obscurity on a dying entertainment genre, your self esteem and sense of decency died long ago.

Here's what you should have tweeted out in the aftermath of Viola Davis's historic Emmy win:

"Congrats to you Viola Davis, you're much better human being than I am and a way better actress as well."

Or, "I wish I had your talent and your career since mine is shit, I'm stuck still doing soaps for fuck's sake."

One thing is for sure Nancy, we'll never ever have to hear you utter an Emmy acceptance speech.

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