Sunday, 12 September 2010

Regina King slams Emmys: 'They don't honour black actors'

HOLLYWOOD ACTRESS Regina King has accused the recent Emmy awards of racial bias.
In an open letter the 'Down To Earth' actress said that it was "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." 

She wrote: "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." 

Regina King slams Emmys: \'They don\'t honour black actors\'

The star, who has worked in television for “nearly all of my professional life” was further riled when a picture of ‘True Blood’ actress, Ruth Wesley was captioned as her. 

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. 

Regina went on to chide The Emmy’s for failing to include long time minority actress Alaina Reed in their memoriam of great contributors to television. Reed played opposite Regina on American comedy, 227. She died of cancer late last year. 

According to entertainment magazine, Variety, non-white actors have only received only 53 nominations out of nearly 1000 in the top four acting categories for drama and comedy since 1986. Only eight have ever won.

 Article: Courtesy Voice Newspaper Online

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