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General Hospital Star Slams Viola Davis' Emmys Speech: "She Has Never Been Discriminated Against"

Nancy Lee Grahn later apologized

Liz Raftery

General Hospitalstar Nancy Lee Grahn was not a fan of Viola Davis' speech at the Emmys on Sunday night - and now she's facing intense backlash because of it.

Davis made Emmys history by being the first black woman to win the award for Best Lead Actress in a Drama. In her speech, the How to Get Away with Murderstar quoted Harriet Tubman and observed, "The only thing that separates women of color from anyone else is simply opportunity. You cannot win an Emmy for roles that are simply not there." She went on to thank Shonda Rhimes and Murder showrunner Peter Nowalk for "redefining what it means to be black."

Davis' remarks were met with enthusiastic applause from the crowd inside the Microsoft Theater, but Grahn slammed them on Twitter.

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"Im a f---ing actress for 40 yrs," Grahn wrote. "None of us get respect or opportunity we deserve. Emmys not venue 4 racial opportunity. ALL women belittled."

In response to one user, Grahn tweeted: "I think she's the bees knees but ... she has never been discriminated against."

(Grahn's tweets have since been removed, but not before they were screen-grabbed by BuzzFeed.)

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Grahn, who has played Alexis on General Hospital for 20 years, later apologized profusely for her comments.

But nothing ever dies on the Internet, and the damage was already done. Grahn said she's "heartbroken" that people now consider her a racist.

What do you think of Grahn's tweets?