The 2019 Primetime Emmy Awards was a blatant demonstration of the lack of inclusivity and diversity in Hollywood, despite a couple of people of color making history with their awards. One actress even had to call out the show for excluding one of the most diverse programs on television from a tribute montage.
Danielle Brooks of the recently concluded Netflix series Orange Is the New Black questioned why the drama was not mentioned in tribute to the year’s series finales.
During the award show, the likes of The Big Bang Theory, Game of Thrones and House of Cards were all recognized in a pre-produced clip highlighting all shows that ended for good.
Noticing that OITNB was absent from the extensive list, despite the last season premiering on July 26, Brooks — who played Taystee in the popular prison-themed drama — took to Twitter to voice her concern.
"Was there a reason @OITNB didn't get a shout out in the tribute made acknowledging the shows that came to an end this year @TelevisionAcad!?! One confused actress," she tweeted.
After seeing her tweet, some of the actress' fans explained that they had the same thought while watching the show:
Some of her followers pointed out, however, that Orange will likely be honored at the 2020 Emmys since the concluding season did not air during last year's eligibility period and may be considered for awards next year.