This year’s Emmy Awards were strange, to say the least, and more than a little whitewashed when you consider how few people of color were celebrated for the contributions to television. The fact that most of the predominantly white presenters and winners walked on stage to music by Black artists just added insult to injury. But amid the #EmmysSoWhite, there were a few bright moments of Black excellence, and we listed them all for you here. You love to see it.
Transgender people have had to fight for visibility in all areas of life, including in Hollywood. That’s why the inclusion of Pose, the groundbreaking Ryan Murphy-produced series that features multiple trans actors in the lead cast, is especially important at the Emmys. But looks like some red carpet correspondents didn’t do as much research on their pronouns as they did their designer labels. After an E! correspondent repeatedly misused their pronouns and then began obsessing with the high slits in their dress, a visibly-irked Moore snapped back, “I’ll tell you what. It’s more tricky to exist than to walk in this dress.”
Shannon Sharpe is doing red carpet interviews for Fox at the Emmy’s. pic.twitter.com/fOyzP2kF6Z— Tommy Lang (@tommylang1630) September 22, 2019
The Hall of Fame tight end turned talk show host only had a few interview segments and it had people caught a little off guard.
...to present Outstanding Lead Actress In A Comedy Series, a category in which only white women were nominated.
Kim Kardashian: "Our family knows first-hand how truly compelling television comes from real people just being themselves."— Ishani Nath (@ishaninath) September 23, 2019
Kendall Jenner: "Telling their stories, unfiltered and unscripted."
The rest of us:#Emmys pic.twitter.com/NW9ZaFhEZO
The room full of famous people broke out into laughter.
"Speaking of voting and love, go and register to vote." #DragRace's @RuPaul urges the public to register to vote while accepting the award for best competition series https://t.co/WmT1Fmyol4 #Emmys pic.twitter.com/Z2qthMvs20— Hollywood Reporter (@THR) September 23, 2019
...see that, Bette Midler?
...and if you don’t know, now you know.
It was the groundbreaking series’ only win, after it was shut out from every other category, but Jerome’s speech moved the audience to tears and paid honor to the Exonerated Five.
Laverne Cox reacts to Patricia Arquette's #Emmys speech, where she said: "I'm so sad I lost my sister Alexis and that trans people are still being persecuted... Let's get rid of this bias that we have everywhere" pic.twitter.com/gxaGHKRxdV— Variety (@Variety) September 23, 2019
Patricia Arquette and Michelle Williams both allotted time in their acceptance speeches to recognize the most marginalized people in Hollywood: the trans community, and women of color, respectively.
The pair introduced a montage of long-running shows that came to an end this year, and it was almost too much to handle.
The ‘Pose’ star won for Outstanding Lead Actor In A Drama Series and was handed his award by none other than Olivia Pope, aka the radiant Kerry Washington, herself!
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