(NewsGlobal.com)- The First Lady, a new US television drama series starring Oscar-winning actress Viola Davis, has sparked outrage among reviewers who have criticized her portrayal of Michelle Obama.
Many viewers complained Davis’s facial gestures were distracting and offensive.
Davis told BBC News that it is very upsetting when people criticize her work.
But criticism, she acknowledged, goes with the territory of acting.
Online criticism of her portrayal of the former First Lady – a lawyer and former US President Barack Obama’s wife gained media attention.
Davis was mercilessly humiliated on Twitter. The exaggerated portrayal was unnecessary and nearly offensive to one spectator.
Viola Davis was set up by keeping her lips and mouth a certain way during filming, and It was obnoxious and annoying, complained one tweeter.
Davis responded by saying critics serve no use. She said she wasn’t saying it to be mean. They constantly feel they are saying something you don’t know. They think they are the ones that will lean in and tell you the truth. So they seize the chance to be terrible to you.”
As a leader, I believe I have to make bold choices. It’s my obligation, win or lose.
David said that portraying someone as well-known as Michelle Obama was “nearly impossible.” You’re either doing too much or too little. And she has no idea how the woman in question reacted to her.
“I don’t know Michelle Obama,” she remarked.
Finding Me, Davis’ new memoir, will be out soon. It’s a riveting book documenting her ascent from poverty and abuse to winning an Oscar, Emmy, and Tony for acting.
In Denzel Washington’s film version of August Wilson’s Fences, her portrayal earned her an Oscar nomination for best-supporting actress.
For King Hedley II and Fences, Davis received an Emmy and a Tony.
But she claimed she created the book partially so she wouldn’t “go to my grave,” just renowned for her achievements.
Davis said that she has the accolades on her mantelpiece, but it doesn’t help her.
“I’m grateful for the honors. Given my humble beginnings, I am stunned that I have achieved so much.” Davis said.
Davis grew up in a run-down building in Central Falls, Rhode Island, with no hot water, gas, or electricity. She wet the bed till she was 14. In Finding Me, she says she reeked of urine. Bullied at school, there was also violence at home.
Worst fear? “My father will one day murder my mother.”
“I normalized that sensation in the pit of your stomach, which was extreme anguish and worries,” she recalls from her upbringing.
She battled every day, and her struggles began the minute she walked on the floor.
It started with school clothes, she recalls.
She says she grew up hungry.
Her sexual abuse was revealed in 2016 at the Rape Foundation’s Annual Brunch.
Friends, neighbors, babysitters, and even her brother were victims. Finding Me describes it.
Davis says she grew up with a lot of sexual abuse. Fighting sexual predators is a given.
“I didn’t know what was going on,” Davis says.
She says she was worried about her family’s reaction to her truthfulness in the book.
Davis said she had to be herself. People don’t warn you that expressing your truth will cost you. It’ll cost you a family split or being misunderstood. We have no choice.
So how did she flee her upbringing and come here? How did she escape poverty?
“A major part of it is luck and blessings,” she admits.
But she discovered something, acting, she adored and did it frequently. She did her best.
She said she had drive even when she lacked confidence or self-esteem.
“Finding joy stomps away all the pain.”