The hashtag “EmmysSoWhite” has started trending on Twitter as the award show is being criticized for its lack of diversity.
Award shows have been taking place in full force over the past week…
And last night’s 73rd Primetime Emmy Awards was no different.
Taking place in downtown Los Angeles, the awards saw some of television’s biggest stars gather together and take to the red carpet.
Among them were Anya Taylor-Joy, who was nominated for eighteen awards; Kate Winslet, who won outstanding lead actress in a limited or anthology series or movie; and Jason Sudeikis, who was named best comedy actor.
But, although the Emmys appeared to be a great night for many of television’s biggest stars…
It’s been hit with a string of criticism for several different reasons.
First of all, Seth Rogen took to stage at the Emmy’s to call them out…
For their lack of COVID-19 safety measures as they placed “too many” people in a “little room.”
Although some COVID-19 safety procedures were implemented, with the number of guests being limited and attendees being required to show proof of vaccination and a negative test result…
It seems they lacked in other areas, as Rogen pointed out.
Taking to the stage to present the first award of the night for Best Supporting Actress in a Comedy Series, Rogen began his speech by saying:
“Good to be here at the Emmy Awards. Let me start by saying, there’s way too many of us in this little room.”
Questioning the safety measures he asked: “What are we doing? They said this was outdoors. It’s not.”
“They lied to us. We’re in a hermetically-sealed tent right now. I would not have come to this.”
“Why is there a roof? It’s more important that we have 3 chandeliers than that we make sure we don’t kill Eugene Levy tonight. That is what has been decided,” he said.
“This is insane. I went from wiping my groceries to Paul Bettany sneezing in my face. So, that’s a big week! If anyone’s gonna sneeze in my face, Paul, I want it to be you.”
As funny as it was, it was also pretty award because he hit the nail on the head.
And now, the awards show has been slammed for its lack of diversity…
After all major acting awards were presented to white actors.
The hashtag “EmmysSoWhite” began trending on Twitter after all major acting trophies were presented to white celebrities.
Despite thirty-eight people of color being recognized in the acting categories, making this year one of the most diverse set of nominations in history.
With a significant amount people of color being nominated for awards, hosting the awards, and performing at them, but not winning, many accused the Emmys of “performative” representation.
Rashad Robinson, president of the Color of Change movement, is among those who took to Twitter to accuse the Emmys of “performative ‘commitments’ to representation.”
“The fact that the #Emmys2021 has so many Black and brown people hosting, and so few winning, is another example of performative “commitments” to representation. It’s not just about who gets a trophy—awards like the #Emmys determine who gets their projects funded and more,” Robinson wrote.
Adding in a thread: “This is about celebrating diverse stories in Hollywood, but more than that, it’s also about creating pathways for creatives from marginalized communities—Black, brown, indigenous, LGBTQ+, women & more—to have a seat at the table.”