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Barack Obama’s wife, former First Lady Michelle Obama once said “For the first time in my adult life, I am really proud of my country, because it feels like hope is making a comeback … not just because Barack has done well, but because I think people are hungry for change.”
Her statement that she was really proud of America for the first time ever set off a firestorm for obvious reasons.
The beginning of Michelle’s adult life occurred in 1982 since she was born in 1964. The newfound pride in the country quickly attracted critics.
Commentary magazine published an article on this topic at the time where the author asked “Can it really be there has not been a moment during that time when she felt proud of her country?
Forget matters like the victory in the Cold War; how about only things that have made liberals proud — all the accomplishments of inclusion? How about the passage of the Civil Rights Act of 1991? Or Ruth Bader Ginsburg’s elevation to the Supreme Court?”
Now Michelle Obama has something else she can be proud of. A TV series about her getting canceled because it was horrible and because no one watched.
According to Breitbart News “There will be no second term for Showtime’s The First Lady, which starred Viola Davis as Michelle Obama. The dramatic anthology series has been canceled after just one season following ridicule from viewers and widespread negative reviews.
The series also failed to pick up any major Emmy Award nominations, though it did receive a few nods in technical categories.
Showtime confirmed the cancellation in a statement sent to multiple outlets on Monday, saying the show “will not be moving forward with another season.”
The First Lady intended to cover three administrations per season and focusing on the wives of presidents. Among the stars of the first season were Michelle Pfeiffer as Betty Ford and Gillian Anderson as Eleanor Roosevelt.
Reviews of the show were overwhelmingly critical, with the New Yorker magazine describing it as a “bad-wig costume drama” while Time magazine called Davis and Anderson “egregiously miscast.”
Additionally, some viewers complained about Davis’ decision to purse her lips like Michelle Obama, saying that the effect was exaggerated.
During an interview with BBC News, Davis said it is “incredibly hurtful when people say negative things about your work,” but she also admitted that it is an “occupational hazard” for actors.
“How do you move on from the hurt, from failure?” Davis asked. “But you have to. Not everything is going to be an awards-worthy performance.”
In an interview earlier this year, the producers of the show expressed interest in future seasons focusing on Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis, Hillary Clinton, and Melania Trump.
It is impossible for us to know what the future seasons will look like. However, there will always be this portrayal of Michelle and Barack Obama with Michelle looking like quite the racist: