There was more diversity in the Emmys presenters Sunday night than there was in the actual winners — and people have feelings about that.
#EmmysSoWhite trended on Twitter after not a single actor of color won in the acting categories despite a record number of diverse nominees this year.
Strong contenders — including the late Michael K. Williams who was up for supporting actor in a drama series for “Lovecraft Country” and Michaela Coel who was nominated for outstanding lead actress in a limited series or TV movie for “I May Destroy You” — were shut out.
Coel did win for limited series writing, a first for a Black woman in that category. It was also her first Emmy.
Critics on social media weren’t happy, although there was a Black host (Cedric the Entertainer), a Black announcer (MC Lyte), and a Black recipient of The Governors Award (Debbie Allen), plus RuPaul made history by becoming the most-awarded person of color in Emmy’s history with 11 wins.
“With Cedric as host, ⅔ of the presenters being Black and Latinx, and MC Lyte being the announcer, the #Emmys feel like an Rotary Club awards dinner at a 1950s Connecticut country club,” one person tweeted. “#EmmysSoWhite.”
It’s an old hashtag for an even older complaint.
#EmmysSoWhite came about after #OscarsSoWhite was coined in 2015 by cultural commentator April Reign.
Since then, members of both the TV and movie industries have vowed to be more inclusive.
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