The media likes to say that Michelle Obama is incredibly well-liked, loved by a huge majority of Americans, and potentially popular enough to consider a presidential run.
Perhaps there’s some truth to those claims, or at least used to be, but it looks much more likely that the American people are not at all interested in getting more Michelle Obama in their lives.
The evidence of that? The Showtime Series “The First Lady,” a show which starred woke actor Viola Davis as Michelle Obama, has been canceled after flopping horribly in its one and only season.
That is according to Deadline, which reported that:
Showtime will not be picking up a second season of one-hour drama anthology series The First Lady. The star-studded Season 1 of the anthology, set in the East Wing of the White House and focused on telling the stories of America’s charismatic, complex and dynamic first ladies, centered on Eleanor Roosevelt (Gillian Anderson), Betty Ford (Michelle Pfeiffer), and Michelle Obama (Viola Davis), with Davis also serving as executive producer.
Though it focused on others, the show was often seen as a way to promote and celebrate Michelle Obama, a woman who the wokies love for obvious reasons and whose potential career aspirations they’d obviously like to further by keeping her in our minds with a high-budget, dramatic show connecting her with such famous figures from history as Eleanor Roosevelt.
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But it didn’t work out, as the average American was entirely uninterested in watching the show.
A Showtime spokesperson, commenting on the show’s cancelation to Deadline, said:
“Showtime can confirm that the anthology series The First Lady 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.”
Regardless of how much Showtime might want to “applaud” those people, both average Americans and critics didn’t. As Deadline delicately put it, the show received a “lukewarm reception from critics”.
That “lukewarm reception” was really harsh criticism, or at least harsh enough to melt Viola Davis the snowflake, who complained about the criticism she received in the show, saying that it is “incredibly hurtful when people say negative things about your work“.
Continuing, she said: “How do you move on from the hurt, from failure? But you have to. Not everything is going to be an awards-worthy performance.”
And to what criticism was she responding? The BBC reported on that, saying:
The Daily Mail reported Davis was “mercilessly ridiculed” and drew attention to a plethora of critical tweets. One viewer called Davis’s “exaggerated” portrayal “unnecessary and borderline insulting”.
Another tweeted: “They set Viola Davis up by allowing her keep her mouth that way throughout the filming. It’s so cringey and distracting.”
Some viewers likened Davis’s expression to “duckface” – a term which describes an exaggerated pouting expression, often employed by social media influencers. “Viola Davis’s face must have been so tired,” one user joked.
So the Michelle Obama promo didn’t work out and a woke actor was ridiculed. Sounds like a win-win to me!