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Viola Davis Responds To Critics Of Her Michelle Obama Portrayal In ‘The First Lady’



Viola Davis Responds To Critics Of Her Michelle Obama Portrayal In 'The First Lady'

Viola Davis Says It Hurts To See People Criticize Her Hard Work

Majority of us were disappointed after watching Viola Davis portray our forever Flotus Michelle Obama. While our mouths dropped, nobody’s was more open than Viola Davis’ during her filming and she is finally addressing the backlash from it.

When the First Lady’s friend was asked whether Michelle liked Viola’s performance, the friend said firmly, “NO.”

According to a person close to Michelle Obama, the former First Lady is not happy with the way Viola portrayed her on the cable tv show. Michelle’s longtime friend reportedly said, “Viola’s portrayal of Michelle wasn’t flattering. And Michelle knows this.”


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During an interview with BBC News, Davis described her decision to hold her mouth that way as a “bold choice. ”Critics absolutely serve no purpose. And I’m not saying that to be nasty either,” she explained.

“They always feel like they’re telling you something that you don’t know. Somehow that you’re living a life that you’re surrounded by people who lie to you and ‘I’m going to be the person that leans in and tells you the truth’. So it gives them an opportunity to be cruel to you. But ultimately I feel like it is my job as a leader to make bold choices. Win or fail it is my duty to do that.”

Davis says it hurts to see people criticize her hard work but says everything won’t be “awards-worthy.” “How do you move on from the hurt, from failure?” the 56-year-old asked.


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