Emmys 2021 being called out for being ‘Too White’
Winter is coming and so is award season. Yesterday, Emmys 2021 were held in LA. While the red carpet lit up with glamorous stars and dazzling celebrities, there were few things lacking. Despite the pandemic still looming on our heads, there was no proper SOPs in place. At the same time, #EmmysSoWhite started trending on Twitter. Although the nominees were the most diverse this year, not a single person of color won in the acting category. This led to a major backlash from people on social media.
Although there are countless amazing TV shows, only three shows ruled Emmys 2021
With every passing day, a new streaming website is launched. At the same time, new innovative TV shows go into production, giving the viewers countless options. However, Emmys 2021 could not see beyond three selected shows. When it came to giving the awards, Ted Lasso, The Crown, and The Queen’s Gambit ruled the entire award ceremony. While The Crown won seven awards, Ted Lasso bagged four. With that, Olivia Colman, Gillian Anderson, Josh O’Connor, Tobias Menzies, and Jason Sudeikis were declared winners. On the other hand, Kate Winslet also bagged an Emmy for Mare of Easttown.
However, Emmys 2021 failed to honor any person of color
For few years, Hollywood has been talking non-stop about inclusivity and diversity. However, when it comes to award season, no action can be seen. Therefore, it seems like it is just talk. Similarly, Emmys 2021 had 50% of nominees who were people of color. Billy Porter and MJ Rodriguez of Pose as well as Michael K Williams of Lovecraft Country were nominated for their acting roles. However, none of them won a single award. At the same time, the LGBTQ community was also looked over. While The Crown won most of its awards, Emma Corrin lost the best supporting award. If she had won, it would be a win for a first openly non-binary person. Since yesterday, Emmys 2021 has received major backlash.
On Twitter, #EmmysSoWhite is trending and people are angry.
After Emmys 2021, people took to social media to spew venom. Firstly, people think that award shows are overrated and should be canceled forever. While many actors deserved their wins, Emmys 2021 was criticized for not honoring a single person of color or LGBTQ community. According to one Twitter user:
White people winning the majority of awards for writing stories about white people that have already been told. Generation after generation…..while original stories of POCs are overlooked….is the most #EmmysSoWhite thing ever
Meanwhile, another user heavily criticized the award show for overlooking Michael K Williams completely.
If the late, great actor Michael K Williams had been a White actor, @TheEmmys would have bent over backwards to honor him with an award. Such a missed opportunity. Racism continues to haunt the Arts & our nation.
On the other hand, one Twitter user was not surprised that Emmys 2021 had no person of color winner.
I was hoping that we wouldn’t have to have #EmmysSoWhite trending again this year, but here we are….AGAIN. They talk about diversity, but sadly the winners reflect the opposite. Will things ever change? #Emmys2021 #Emmys
According to one user, people of color should stop attending the award shows.
To the talented actors and actresses in this photo. Have you had enough yet? Have you learned your lesson about showing up to this shyt? We shall see next year. It’s your fault if you get clowned again next year. #EmmysSoWhite
Despite the backlash, none of the winners have addressed the situation. At the same time, the people of color are also quiet on the matter. It is still not clear if the actors share the same sentiments.