2020 Emmy Awards Open Post: Hosted by John Leguizamo’s boycott

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The (Covid) Emmy Awards are tonight, and here is your (Covid) Open Post. This year’s Emmys are mostly going to be a series of live link-ups from various nominees’ homes or offices. Emmy producers told the nominees that they can appear wherever they want in their own homes, and they can dress however they want too. I imagine some people will dress up for their live link-ups, but maybe some people will be in pajamas. Anyway, I’m expecting this year’s Emmys to be a total trainwreck, so we’ll see. CB and I will be tweeting this evening – you can follow me at KaiseratCB and follow CB at Celebitchy.

There will be one person missing from the live Emmy link-ups: John Leguizamo. Everyone who has ever worked with John always says that he’s one of the smartest and most talented people they’ve ever met. But John is constantly underestimated and blanked by the Hollywood establishment. John is justifiably mad about how this year’s Emmy Awards completely ignored Latin actors and shows about Latin people. So he’s boycotting the Emmys:

“I’m boycotting,” he tells Yahoo Entertainment. “If you don’t have Latin people, there’s no reason for me to see it. What’s the point? It’s unbelievable that our stories aren’t being told and there’s one reason for that. Executives don’t see us, don’t get us — don’t care about us.”

There are zero nominations for Latinx shows or actors in any of the major categories. “We’re less than one percent of the stories being told by Hollywood streamers and networks, that’s cultural apartheid,” he says.

While he’s been in the industry for more than three decades and has received four Emmy nominations, including a win in 1999 for his variety special Freak, Leguizamo agrees there is more to be done to improve diversity in Hollywood.

“It’s just not OK to ignore us, exclude us,” he explains. “We’re the largest minority group in the country. We’re the biggest voting block. We’re going to decide who the president is this year.”

[From Yahoo]

One thing: the Latin vote isn’t the biggest voting bloc, it’s the biggest non-white voting bloc. But I see his point. As for everything else… I agree with him. I find that most TV shows don’t want to explicitly do a show the Latin experience, but they’re more willing to make a Hispanic actor “the sidekick” or supporting character than an Asian or Black actor. There are a lot of Latin actors getting work on streaming, cable and network television, they just aren’t the stars of their shows and the shows aren’t about their experiences. Also: While I agree with John 100%, I tend to believe that a lot of people are going to be “boycotting” this year’s Emmys anyway.

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  1. LidiaJara says:

    It’s not even just the stars though. I didn’t have tv until I grew up, because my mom thinks it inhibits the artistic mind, and as much as I enjoy tv now the racism is really weird if you’re not used to it.

    I’ve tried watching episodes of these iconic shows that everyone talks about like Friends or Seinfeld, and it looks like it’s set in a parallel universe where the Nazis won. Only 1 in 3 New Yorkers is a non-hispanic white person. 1 in 3. I scan a bar or a cafe on these shows and it’s like, where are the Cubans the Guatemalans the Haitians the Filipinos the Samoans the Senegalese the Koreans? It’s surreal, like, why are they setting all these shows in NYC but they don’t want any of the people? Wtf is that?

    • MrsBanjo says:

      I get what you’re saying and wholeheartedly agree, but did you really need to use Seinfeld as your example with your comment that “It’s like the Nazis won”? That show was very Jewish, at least with the actors (btw Jerry Seinfeld is both Syrian Mizrahi and Ashkenazi – his Syrian identity is often erased) and Jews are people who exist in NYC. Bringing that up in with a comment about Nazis is gross.

      • LidiaJara says:

        I’m sorry I grossed you out MrsBanjo. I am in fact one of those NYC Jews, named after my mom’s aunt who was killed with most of my family in Auschwitz-Birkenau. So I understand why Nazis are upsetting, but watching a reproduction of my hometown, with all the people who are not white or white-passing removed, does look to me like a weird white supremacist dystopia. The show being a Jewish show doesn’t change that for me.

    • Chartreuse says:

      I hated shows like friends, sex city etc as they always seemed bs uber white shows that seemed absurd. I’m white too but those shows were dreadful and so much privelege

  2. (TheOG) Jan90067 says:

    My sister and I would get together for all the award shows, esp. for the Red Carpet shows before. I actually forgot this was on today. I turned on E! and after a minute, I’m bored lol. Doubt I will watch the actual awards; half the fun is watching reactions in the crowds. How will they do it? A Zoom screen in a few people’s homes to “catch” them?

  3. Nev says:

    Yes. Blanked. Who. Cares.
    Do these award shows mean anything anymore, are they still relevant now?

  4. Mama says:

    He’s not wrong.

    • Lisa says:

      I agree. There are some awesome shows like Gentefied and On my Block that seem to represent more wholly the latinx experience, and I ain’t even hispanic, I am Japanese Indian, and I watch these shows and love seeing people who not only look like me, but who have a culture very similar to the one I have (Asians arent too different from the very family centric, over opinionated moms and grandmoms of Latin homes!). Yeah, its sad, and he’s right!

  5. Lightpurple says:

    Jennifer Anniston looks frazzled and fried.

  6. (TheOG) Jan90067 says:

    Have to say, the beginning of the opening, I was going “WTF”???? about people being IN the Staples Center, shoulder to shoulder, maskless. Then it hit me, of COURSE that was from last year. Showing Kimmel in the audience confirmed it. That wasn’t bad. The Anniston part was painful (but funny that the fire wouldn’t go out! lol).

  7. Alyse says:

    One Day At A Time
    The ladies of Brooklyn 99
    POSE

    Just 3 shows off the top of my head who would’ve been very worthy noms with Latinx leads

  8. Vyva Dori says:

    When the first Emmy to be won by a Afro Latino (Jharrel Jerome) was awarded last year not a peep was heard from the latinx community. That was a huge accomplishment and he should’ve been embraced more for such a huge win. However, it’s not lost on me that when the latinx community asks for more representation, they’re not referring to the people in the community that look like him. What a shame.

  9. LaUnicaAngelina says:

    I feel this wholeheartedly. There’s so much I want to say about it but I’m tired.

  10. Eugh says:

    America Ferrara had a very good segment in the program.

    Total aside, but so so so happy for Dan Levy’s 3/7 Emmy’s for his show; what a triumph.

  11. Ann says:

    I forgot about it and remembered about an hour ago when I looked on Twitter. Schitt’s Creek sweeped! I’m so happy! It is by far my favorite show of the year. So well deserved!!

  12. SilentStar says:

    Whether it was live in person makes no difference to me. I always just wait for the announcements and the photos of clothes to roll out the next day to peruse at my leisure. This year was fine for me. I love the fact that people had more freedom to choose what they wanted to wear! It provides some interesting insight into their personalities.

    But back to the topic, yes, the lack of Latino representation needs to change. And the lack of Asian representation is also weird. Do better, Hollywood.

  13. Chartreuse says:

    I don’t know many Latinx but I get where he’s coming from. But what made Emmys for me was Watchmen and Schitts Creek.

  14. Zaftig_and_Kitty says:

    I LOVE John Leguizamo. He was the best thing in “Romeo and Juliet” as Tybalt. He has said he gets small parts in good movies and big roles in bad movies, which is true and also a crying shame. He deserves so much better.

  15. Chichi says:

    He’s right. Also, not that it matters, but with his comment I only just realised Zendaya isn’t Latina.

  16. L4frimaire says:

    I’m not clear on the specifics of Leguizamo’s boycott but who exactly is he boycotting? It seems that since Oscars So White started, and with the election of Obama and Trump, Black Hollywood has been pushing for recognition and bringing their stories to the forefront because of the time and politics we live in. So if he is pushing against the establishment for recognition of more Latinx talent and stories being told, and creatives getting recognition, I’m all for it. But if he is begrudging the recognition a handful of black creatives are finally getting, it doesn’t sit well with me.

    • Kali says:

      Yes! This. Something about this boycott of Leguizamo’s smacks of Gina Rodriguez and her problematic self (she is always coming across as resentful of a Black artist’s success. Her response to the smashing success of “Black Panther”: why don’t we have a Latin superhero movie??) And the erasure/ignoring of Black LatinX people (maybe I missed his congratulations and recognition of Black LatinX Jharrel Jerome a few years ago) suggests to be that he is not supportive of Black artists (LatinX or not). Leguizamo is correct about the lack of LatinX representation but it feels strange that he did not couple his point with an acknowledgement of the record nominations and wins by Black artists… reads like LatinX anti-Black sour grapes to me.