This year’s Emmy nomination snub we’re most disappointed by is “Pose,” and we’re not the only ones.
The show, known as a trailblazer for black and latinx trans and nonbinary representation, was noticeably snubbed, with the only person from the main cast receiving a nomination being Billy Porter, a cis man. This is the second time its trans and nonbinary stars Indya Moore, Dominique Jackson, MJ Rodriguez and Angelica Ross were snubbed for the show. (Porter was also nominated and won last year, making him the first out black gay man to win an acting Emmy in his category.)
Meanwhile, the documentary about the show was also nominated for an award.
Moore said in a tweet that it was a “cognitive cissonance,” while writer and trans activist Raquel Willis says that the disparity of support for cis gay men and trans women “goes beyond award shows.”
Let's call it…..
cognitive cissonance. https://t.co/EQtEJoLHnZ
— 🌄 (@IndyaMoore) July 28, 2020
The disparity of support for cis gay men and trans women can't be ignored, especially at this moment. It goes beyond award shows. It's all over media, in our workplaces, in our communities, and more. We don't talk about it enough because queer experiences are too often collapsed.
— Raquel Willis (@RaquelWillis_) July 28, 2020
Hollywood award shows have long been criticized for the absence of Black people and other POCs in their nominee list. They were accused of favoring white male producers and filmmakers above others. During the recent Oscars, Greta Gerwig was one of the few great female directors that ended up being snubbed from the Best Director nominees. Back in 2017, Patricia Arquette expressed her frustration when the Oscars didn’t include her trans sister Alexis in their In Memoriam segment.
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