Diversity in Emmys: Did They Nail it Or Was it #SoWhite Again?
The Emmys 2018 joked about diversity then failed to demonstrated it?
The 70th Emmy Awards started with a skit. A skit about the diversity debate in Hollywood. Is Hollywood really diverse? Is television and the digital media giving more space to people of colour, women and the LGBTQ community? The self deprecating humourous skit ended with RuPaul the host of “Drag Race’’ arriving and dismissing the problem and saying that they haven’t solved it.
22 out of the 26 awards went to white people. The first ten awards of the ceremony were given to only white people the eleventh went to Regina King for her limited series original on Netfix called Seven Seconds.
A skit that joked about the lack of diversity was seen as actually seen by some as demonstrating just that.
In this climate of #MeToo and #TimesUp and digital platforms, the Emmys are trying to keep up and stay relevant as are broadcast networks.
Although, according to Vox.com, this year’s Emmy nominees have been the most diverse bunch in the history of the awards — as Emcees Kate McKinnon and Kenan Thompson announced at the start of the number — the point that Hollywood still has a long way to go was clear.
The ‘diversity spoof’ ended with a dance with ‘one of each’, one person from every community.
Still, while the Emmys may not have solved the problem of representation and diversity onscreen, the Award show addressed the issue in the most filmi and Bollywood way possible: with lots of singing and dancing.
Here are some “Diverse” Heros and Sheros Who bagged an Emmy
Regina King Wins Best Lead Actress in a Limited Series or a Movie for Netflix’s 'Seven Seconds'
'RuPaul’s Drag Race' Wins Best Reality-Competition Program
Peter Dinklage Won the Best Supporting Actor for Game of Thrones
Claire Foy Wins Best Lead Actress in a Drama, Stephen Daldry for Netflix’s 'The Crown'
Thandie Newton Wins Best Supporting Actress in a Drama Series for HBO’s 'Westworld'
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