Emmys 2016 is generating a well-deserved buzz as the 68th Annual Primetime Emmy Awards made an effort to improve their diversity. Sadly, the coverage was up against Sunday Night Football and saw its ratings at an all-time low.
Canadian Tatiana Maslany broke the Internet and reigned as queen on social media when she scored a sweet win for BBC America’s Orphan Black. Much deserved, Maslany brought home her first Emmy for her outstanding, critically acclaimed performance as a female lead on the sci-fi series where she plays multiple clones. The best actress victory was well celebrated as Maslany trended hard on both Twitter and Facebook.
Another big win for Emmys 2016 was the recognition people of colour received for their performances on television and the sweet media representation and wins of the LGBTQ community.
#EmmysNotSoStraight or #EmmysNotSoWhite proved a show celebrating talent more fairly can be a reality.
It was refreshing seeing people of colour like Alan Yang and Aziz Ansari up on stage with a lil gold in hand for Masters of None (they took home the win for Best Writing for a Comedy). The pair even promoted the idea that diversity can win and spoke out against stereotypes.
Holland Taylor’s gal pal Sarah Paulson scored an Emmy for Best Actress in A Limited Series or Movie — even gave a shoutout to her girlfriend: “I love you.”
Winning for Transparent, Jeffrey Tambor gave audiences an emotional speech and did his parent to encourage better, more diverse casting: “I’m not going to say this beautifully, but to you people out there, you producers and network owners and you agents and you creative sparks, please give transgender talent a chance. Give them auditions, give them their story. Do that.”
Tambor’s politics were on point: “I would not be unhappy were I the last cisgender male to play a female transgender on television. We have work to do.”
He is exactly right.
Though we do have more work to do, indeed, the diversity showcased and talked about is a step in the right direction.
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