An All White Emmy Awards Again
By Womanist Musings on September 25, 2012
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[Did you watch the Emmy awards over the weekend? Renee at Womanist Musings did... and she noticed that once again, the majority of the nominees were white. While, there were a few people of colors nominated, Renee says that's not enough. Read on to see why: --Grace]
With only Idris Elba, Don Cheadle, Loretta Devine, Maya Rudolph and Giancarlo Esposito nominated for awards, there were few actors of colour nominated to begin with, but to see not a single one of them recognized for their work, was quite simply put exclusionary racism in action. Oh they'll invite you to the party, but then watch you like a hawk to make sure you don't run off with the good silver.
Just to make sure that we knew our place, Tracy Morgan spent a good deal of time, lying down on the stage pretending to be hurt, in a gag meant to set twitter speculating that he might be ill. Yes, I get that this is a play on the fact that Twitter regularly kills people off, forcing celebrities to release a statement declaring themselves to be alive, but this read as reductive. If that were not enough, Morgan also did a bit with Kimmel and he called for his cousin Kool Aid to join him. I am not at all surprised that it was Morgan who agreed to take part in this act. Just because you manage to get a Black person to participate, does not mean that it isn't racist.
Sept. 23, 2012 - Los Angeles, California, U.S. - Julianne Moore, Tom Hanks Attending the 64th Primetime Emmy Awards Press Room held at the Nokia Theatre in Los Angeles, California on September 23, 2012. 2012(Credit Image: © D. Long/Globe Photos/ZUMAPRESS.com)