Not so white Emmys: a blip, or real progress on diversity?

Not so white Emmys: a blip, or real progress on diversity?
By: Reuters | Los Angeles |

September 15, 2020 4:20:51 PM

Amy nomination 2020Kerry Washington and Sterling K. Brown have both received nominations at the Emmy Awards 2020. (Photo: Still from Little Fire Everyone, This is Us)

From Insecure’s 20-something women to Muslim-American star Remy, Sunday’s Emmy line-up is an unprecedented performance for people of color.

But the television industry needs to take concrete action on the pledges to nurture non-white writers and directors to ensure that only a blip triggered by the heat of protests over systemic racism in the United States at the 2020 awards ceremony Does not happen, observers say.

TV critic Eric Deggans for National Public Radio said, “I am sure the Television Academy wanted to have an ‘Emmys so white’ controversy in the middle of all this.” “So I’m not surprised that he paid special attention to the work of Black Performers,” said Dagans, author of the 2012 book Race Batter.

Record Emmy nominations for People of Color include Carey Washington (Little Fair Everywhere and American Son), Sandra Oh (Killing Eve), Billy Porter (Pose), Regina King (Watchman), Issa Way (Insecure) and Sterling Kay. Nodes included for Brown. (This is our more miraculous Mrs. Maisel).

Watchman, a superhero alternative reality drama with racial themes, led the nomination with 26 nods.

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The nomination opened the doors to other blacks, Asians and Latino, and shaped perceptions beyond the entertainment world, said Rashad Robinson, president of the social justice organization Color of Change.

“What these awards represent is the industry’s way of creating a system for people to access jobs and opportunities,” Robinson said. “It determines the stories we get to see in the world about who we are, and it has a profound effect on unwritten rules of how we are treated in hospitals, by judges, and in schools.”

The Emmy nominees came from shows that were made in the US this summer before launching a painful cultural reimbursement on racism.

More about the documentary driving When Black, Woke in the Black cartoonist is in his way, who has an encounter with the police, the frenzied drama The Good Lord Bird, and a slave about the history of the slave trade.

Robinson said it is exciting to see Black actors and stories, more structural changes like inclusive riders, diversity in the writers’ room and the need for fully rounded characters to ensure lasting change.

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“It is not enough to take care. It is not enough to be aware, ”he said. “We have to get people ready to act and make real changes.”

DeGans noted that Latinx talent is still largely unnoticed by the Ameses, even though Latino is America’s second-largest ethnic group after whites.

“It is regrettable that so much of the recognition fell on black performers and was not a bit excessive, especially with regard to LatinX people,” said Dagans, who at one time largely ignored shows such as Gentrified, Vida and One Day it was done.

“The reason for Latinx representation in Hollywood goes a little further – where Black people were, say, 10 years ago,” DeGence said.

The Emmy Awards will be given on Sunday in a virtual ceremony aired on ABC.

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