Nominated but not respected enough to be winners at the 2021 Emmys
Los Angeles- Once again, the message of inequality was at the center of attention at the end of the night of the Emmys.
For the first time ever, there were numerous people of color nominated for different categories at the prestigious awards ceremony, but none of them actually won an award. After the awards ceremony was finished, a lot of people took jabs at the Emmys on social media and asked why is this still a thing.
Cedric the Entertainer even joked about it at the start of the Emmys. “It comes with a lot of pressure, being Black, hosting a job like this. “My people, they expect that I can just give an award to anybody. Black people like, ‘Yo Ced, come on man, you gotta give Martin Lawrence an Emmy. And not just Martin, Ced, you gotta give Sheneneh one too.’
For many actors and actress who are a person of color, it is a reminder that there is a barrier that needs to be broken, not just in the film industry, but everywhere. How can representation matter only when it is a trend? This is not the first time that an award show has been on the hot seat for not diversifying the winner for awards. The Golden Globes and Oscars have been on the hot seat for awhile.
Despite not having any people of color winning awards in major categories, RuPaul broke history with his 11th Emmy win and Michaela Coel was the first Black woman to win Outstanding Writing for a Limited Series. Last but not least, the iconic and ceiling breaker Debbie Allen was honored as a Governor's award honoree.
There is a lot of work to be done with bridging the gap of being accepted, honored, and recognized.