Viola Davis Shuts Down Critics Over Michelle Obama Portrayal: ‘Critics Absolutely Serve No Purpose’

Viola Davis is clapping back at the criticism she has received for her portrayal of Michelle Obama in the Showtime series “The First Lady.” The 56-year-old actress spoke to BBC News about the negative feedback, saying that it is “incredibly hurtful when people say negative things about your work.” She also feels that criticism is an “occupational hazard” of acting, and critics serve “no purpose.” “Critics absolutely serve no purpose. And I’m not saying that to be nasty either,” Viola said.