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Regina King Blogs About Emmy Awards, Calls Them “White As Ever”
Regina King has penned an open letter to Hollywood via Huffington Post blasting the Emmy Awards for mistaking her for another actress, not including a black actress in their memoriam, and for not being inclusive.
The actress slammed Emmy producers for not including her 227 co-star, Alaina Reed, in the Emmy memoriam. The actress also takes issue with a picture of Rutina Wesley that she says had a caption that read: “Regina King enters the 62nd Emmys.”
King wasn’t at this year’s Emmy Awards. She also notes that the Emmy’s don’t do so well when it comes to nominees of color: “There have been only 53 non-white actors nominated for Emmys out of nearly 1,000 possible nominations in the top four acting categories for drama and comedy.”
Here’s an excerpt of King’s blog post. To read the letter in its entirety, click HERE:
Since the Emmy ceremony, I have been going back and forth about whether or not I should compose this letter. I try hard in my daily life not to engage in uncomfortable situations regarding race. But sometimes it’s very difficult to find other reasons that better explain why certain events play out the way they do. It is impossible for me to ignore the published statistics regarding the number of people of color mentioned, celebrated or honored in the history of the televised Emmys. Up to and including this year, there have been only 53 non-white actors nominated for Emmys out of nearly 1,000 possible nominations in the top four acting categories for drama and comedy.
I’ve worked in television nearly all of my professional life, and that statistic is quite sobering to me. And to add injury to my already sensitive nerve endings a picture of Rutina Wesley from True Blood, who attended this year’s Emmys, had a caption that read: “Regina King enters the 62nd Emmys.” No, I wasn’t there. Mistakes happen, right? Well after a few “mistakes” of how people of color are portrayed in the Hollywood media, I decided it was important to say something about how things go down in Hollywood.
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