In a time where representation matters more than ever, the Emmy academy decided that the only representative of this groundbreaking non-binary show would be one of the few cisgender characters. The fabulous five will not be overlooked here at ABTV and are the real winners in our book!
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This week the category is empowerment, female strength, and just plain ole theft! To start this week, Jason Rodriguez vogued with his House of Extravaganza family members, while sharing the values of the house to the New York Times. Rodriguez told the NY Times that his voguing performance accompanied by his two house children was a message of hope to LGBTQIA youth.
“I just really would like them take a moment to enjoy vogue, to enjoy knowing a dance form that comes from Black and brown trans culture,” he said. “And to smile and be excited and have a moment of positivity of hearing someone say that we see you — we’re here for you.”
During a time of social isolation, Rodriguez wanted to provide an uplifting vogue performance that showed the power of vogue to empower yourself.
Rodriguez said, ‘If you’re not expressing your most confident self, you’re not voguing. Here is a dance form where it’s OK to speak; if you’re saying something, then say something that’s strong and valid. It’s articulating on all levels: accessing all of your body.’
The Pose cast continued to empower their audience with a few of the women of Pose choosing to participate in the social media trend #womensupportingwomen. The black and white photos were meant to bring attention to the femicide currently taking place in Turkey. Women are targeted, seen as objects for anger to be taken out on, and are murdered at an alarmingly high rate in Turkey. The trend of posting a black and white photo is due to the fact that everyday Turkish women and people wake up to see a black and white photo of a woman who was recently murdered. This came after the disappearance and later confirmed death of Pinar Gultekin who was a university student murdered by her boyfriend.
The trend must highlight its original intention of bringing awareness to a current femicide. The ladies of Pose honored this current issue by standing in solidarity by posting their own hauntingly beautiful black and white photos.
Photo Credit: Mj Rodriguez
Finally, Emmy nominations were announced early this week and Pose was robbed! Pose received a singular acting nomination through Billy Porter in the category of a leading actor in a drama series. The show received plenty of nominations for work behind the scenes, but its five transgender leading ladies were overlooked! Angelica Ross deserves at the least a nomination if not a win for her tear-jerking performance as Candy that literally had me crying the whole episode. It was also one of the most important storylines of the show that draws attention to the all too common problem that trans women are disproportionately targeted and murdered.
Angelica Ross became emotional while reacting to the Emmy announcement saying,
“Ultimately, I need you to understand that I am so tired. Because those of you that know me know that I’m not just working in front of the screen or behind the lens or whatever,” she continued, “I’m working around the clock to get our society to value trans lives and Black trans lives. And listen, I feel what I feel because I feel like there is nothing we can do.”
In a time where representation matters more than ever, the Emmy academy decided that the only representative of this groundbreaking non-binary show would be one of the few cisgender characters. Billy Porter does deserve the nomination and every Pose fan couldn’t be happier that the show is at least on the screen once, but for a show that doesn’t try to be digestible to a white heterosexual norm to only nominate a cisgender actor doesn’t truly honor the power and legacy of Pose.
Indya Moore tweeted, “Imagine if we depended on cis ppl to validate anything about us.”
Pose simply deserves so much better. The show touches on the AIDS epidemic, ballroom culture, generational love, chosen family, and the problem that transgender woman are killed at a disproportional rate, while portraying full formed characters moving through life. I’m not sure how to convey the magnitude of how important this show is in challenging the industry, offering audience engagement with stories different from their own, and providing proper representation for LGBTQIA youth.
The fabulous five will not be overlooked here at ABTV and are the real winners in our book!
Unfortunately, the category is now closed and that’s all the news this week. Hopefully the Pose cast has inspired you with their voices and always remember to Work! Live! And Pose!
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Drew Ascione is an AfterBuzz Tv intern from Los Angeles, California. She aspires to be a broadcast journalist and capture human life in action.
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