Viola Davis as Michelle Obama: The pout that set Twitter ablaze
Though she had her fun, Twitter users had some choice words for Viola Davis’ portrayal of one of the State’s most iconic first ladies, with some comparing her pout to a caricature rather than an award-winning performance.
Viola Davis portrays Michelle Obama in Showmax’s ‘The First Lady’. Picture: Screenshot/SHOWTIME
JOHANNESBURG – On Sunday, the first episode of Showtime’s The First Lady premiered on the US television network. Centering on the political and private lives of three of the State’s most iconic First Ladies, the show stars Viola Davis as Michelle Obama, Michelle Pfeiffer as Betty Ford and Gillian Anderson as Elanor Roosevelt and Twitter has some thoughts.
Receiving mixed to negative reviews, the anthology series has disappointing 43% on the review aggregator Rotten Tomatoes and the negative reception of the show seems to be echoed on Twitter where Davis’ portrayal of the State’s first black First Lady was dragged.
Speaking to Entertainment Weekly’s latest Around The Table episode, Davis describes the role as nothing like she’s ever done before and despite claims otherwise, she claims that her portrayal of Obama was a “joy to play”.
Though she had her fun, Twitter users had some choice words for her portrayal of one of the State’s most iconic first ladies, with some comparing her pout to a caricature rather than an award-winning performance.
Here’s what they had to say.
The fact that no one ever noticed this about Michelle Obama BUT Ms.Viola Davis dedicated her life to it 😭😭😭 https://t.co/EA7jYBxf4n
— 𝙴𝚛𝚒𝚌𝚔𝚊💜 (@_theeunicorn_) April 17, 2022
Michelle Obama did not purse her lips THAT much. What possessed Viola to think she should do that in every scene. I never thought I would see the day where Viola Davis gave a bad performance. pic.twitter.com/RNijmu0heU
— j (@augustsrain) April 17, 2022
How can we blame Viola Davis’ Michelle Obama portrayal on Queen Naija? pic.twitter.com/6LuOyQJQaZ
— The Original Lisa Vandercunt (@robinwannabefly) April 17, 2022
Michelle Obama watching Viola Davis play her:pic.twitter.com/7vlBhKRWlD
— Fatima Taha 🇱🇧☫🏳️⚧️ (@TheAliTaha) April 17, 2022
Viola, mother, gon head and put your phone on DND cause she calling https://t.co/5sjjezNbci
— 𝐭𝐚𝐲𝐥𝐞𝐧. (@taylenjace) April 17, 2022
If I was Michelle, it would be on sight 😭😭 idgi why did Viola Davis accept the role if she clearly hated her?? https://t.co/UL8AAK7bG7
— Sarah is 🧠💀 (@harasmint) April 17, 2022
However, some came to Davis’ defense. Just not for the role.
You will forget Viola Davis’ performance as Michelle Obama, you will forget anything to do with her upper lip. You are getting very sleepy… pic.twitter.com/q1ci0xN8pK
— mikayla (@malduckk) April 18, 2022