Showtime Just Canceled Michelle Obama, TWICE

Showtime Just Canceled Michelle Obama, TWICE

I heard about this “First Lady” series that was playing on Showtime…. because of how god-awful the Michelle Obama character was. A while back I caught a clip of the actress who played Michelle, and it was really bad. So, it’s not shocking to hear that the series got canceled. I wouldn’t be surprised if Michelle Obama called up Showtime herself and demanded they yank it off the air. “First Lady” only made it one season, thanks to all the negative reviews surrounding the Michelle Obama character. It was just too much for Showtime to handle, so they pulled the plug.

Showtime ended up hitting Michelle with not one, but two humiliating whacks. First, was that terrible portrayal of her, and next, canceling the show. The whole thing looks bad, and I am sure the Obamas are not happy.

Bizpacreview reported that the one-and-done drama anthology bombed and failed to pick up any major Emmy Award nominations. The only recognition it got was in technical categories. On Monday, Showtime announced the cancellation of the series which boasted an all-star cast and received huge publicity, stating that the show “will not be moving forward with another season.”

“We would like to applaud the artistry and commitment of our showrunner Cathy Schulman, director Susanne Bier, their fellow executive producers, our amazing cast, led by executive producer Viola Davis, Michelle Pfeiffer, and Gillian Anderson, and our studio partner Lionsgate for their dedicated work in telling the unique stories of three remarkable leaders,” the announcement concluded.

The series was intended to showcase the wives of presidents and planned to focus on three first ladies a season. The first season portrayed Viola Davis as Michelle Obama, Michelle Pfeiffer as Betty Ford, and Gillian Anderson as Eleanor Roosevelt.

New York magazine ripped the show, calling it a “bad-wig costume drama.” Time magazine asserted that Davis and Anderson were “egregiously miscast.”

Many viewers cringed at Davis pursing her lips in an imitation of Michelle Obama. The affectation was seen as overly exaggerated and distracting, not to mention extremely unattractive.

TMZ stated that the pursed, disapproving lips resemble the so-called “duck face” that is frequently used in selfies making someone look like they had just finished sucking on a lemon.

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Davis was offended by the assertion and told BBC News that it is “incredibly hurtful when people say negative things about your work,” while also admitting that negative criticism is an “occupational hazard” of acting.

Her portrayal of Michelle Obama was truly horrific.


Here’s what some folks said about her portrayal of Michelle:

“The fact that NOBODY told her what a ridiculous mockery that lip acting was”

“She looks like Oprah more than Michelle”

“Barrack is cast beautifully; I love Viola Davis, but something about the overly affected mouth does not resemble Michelle.”

“I can’t with her lips. It’s hard to get past those lip mannerisms.”

“The issue isn’t her acting. It’s the overdramatic facial expressions. I understand why she’s making her lips like that but she should stop. Michelle doesn’t do that all the time and it’s kind of offensive that the writers are making it seem like she does.”

“What in the smelly top lip did I just watch”

“This is so terrible… Showtime is racist and woke.”

Yikes. Well, I don’t think Viola Davis will be invited to Martha’s Vineyard anytime soon.

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