After the 2020 Emmy Award nominations were announced yesterday, Indya Moore and Angelica Ross spoke out about the awards overlooking the Black trans cast and creators of FX’s “Pose.”
Something abt trans ppl not being honored on a show abt trans ppl who created a culture to honor ourselves bc the world doesn’t.
— 🌄 (@IndyaMoore) July 28, 2020
“Something abt trans ppl not being honored on a show abt trans ppl who created a culture to honor ourselves bc the world doesn’t,” Moore wrote in a tweet on Tuesday.
Despite receiving tons of acclaim from both critics and the average viewer, “Pose” received almost no notice from the Emmy Awards for both its cast and crew. The show received only one nomination for Billy Porter’s performance as Pray Tell. Last year, Porter received the award and became the first out gay Black man to do so in his category.
Ross, who played Candy, took to Instagram Live to discuss the nominations.
”I want you to know from the jump that these tears are not about an award or a nomination,” she said, addressing her tears on the live stream. “Ultimately, I need y’all to understand that I’m so tired. Those of you who know me know I’m not just working on screen or behind screen, but I’m working around the clock to get our society to value trans lives and Black trans lives. I feel what I feel because I feel there is nothing we can do.”
Trans activist and write Raquel Willis also addressed the nomination snubs on Twitter, noting that cis gay men always get the recognition — and something has to change.
“You’re telling me that a cis actor is the only one worth nominating or elevating on a show that centers the Black trans experience? Y’all playing in our faces yet again,” wrote Willis in a Twitter thread. “The Black trans women who work on #PoseFX deserve so much more recognition from the #Emmys2020 and beyond.”