Viola Davis' portrayal of Michelle Obama mocked by fans who say her 'constant duck face' is insult to former first lady

OSCAR-winning actress Viola Davis is getting mocked on social media for her performance in the new Showtime series The First Lady.

Fans of former First Lady Michelle Obama are calling out Davis for using “constant duck face” and giving an “insulting” portrayal of the barrier breaking political spouse.

Twitter users have been posting short video clips that show Davis in character with her lips pursed as she speaks.

Many have made comments about the eye-catching facial expression.

Celebrity news website TMZ noted that the pursed lips appear to resemble the so-called "duck face" frequently used in selfies.

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In the video footage and photos, which only represent a few seconds of the actual performance, Davis can be seen pursing her lips both with her mouth open and closed.

One user wrote that she would not be watching the series because of the performance.

“Your exaggerated lip pursing may parodize the show,” wrote @DrJokeAnderson. 

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“I strongly recommend subsequent episodes are urgently revised & you rely on your natural intuitive tendencies.”

Some said they found the performance offensive.

“If I were Michelle Obama I’d be offended by Viola Davis,” said one user.

“At the very least I’d think her lips thing was unnecessary and boarder line insulting.”

Others took a more humorous approach to calling out the star.

“I know her lips were stressed every day,” one woman tweeted.

According to Showtime, the new show offers “a revelatory reframing of American leadership through the lens of the First Ladies.” 

In addition to Obama, the 10-episode series also features first ladies Betty Ford, wife of President Gerald Ford, and Eleanor Roosevelt, wife of President Franklin D. Roosevelt.

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Ford is played by actress Michelle Pfeiffer while Gillian Anderson portrays Roosevelt.

The series, which premiered on Sunday, has gotten a lukewarm reception from critics so far.

The US Sun has reached out to Showtime for comment.

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