1. People were surprised by how hot the cast of OITNB is.
The cast of Orange Is The New Black looked stunning, per ushe, causing everyone else’s brains to fall out of their heads onto the red carpet. Approximately 10 gazillion highly original comments were made about how great the actresses looked out of their prison jumpsuits.
2. Weird Al sang a show themes tribute with boob jokes.
The song was pretty meh. Then we got to Weird Al’s boobs joke in the Game of Thrones theme, and all I could think of was Seth McFarlane’s monumentally gross “We Saw Your Boobs” montage during the the 2013 Academy Awards. Ugh.
It would be easy to dismiss as an isolated, well-meaning-but-not-funny thing, except…
3. Sofia Vergara was literally put on a pedestal and objectified.
Bruce Rosenblum, chairman and CEO of the Academy of Television Arts & Sciences, gave a speech about diversity while Emmy-nominated actress Sofia Vergara spun on a rotating pedestal. The audience laughed and clapped at her butt while she spun around like a car in a showroom. Seriously.
"Work hard," I whisper to my daughters. "And one day you too could be honored for your talent by being rotated on a platform on live TV."
— Kate Spencer (@katespencer) August 26, 2014
Vergara responded to criticism, saying, “I think it’s absolutely the opposite. It means that somebody can be hot and also be funny and make fun of herself.”
4. Shows featuring gay male actors playing gay male characters did well, but women trailed behind.
Matt Bomer, Jim Parsons and Joe Mantello were all nominated for The Normal Heart, which won Outstanding TV Movie. Jesse Tyler Ferguson and Nathan Lane were nominated for Modern Family, which won Outstanding Comedy Series. And Jim Parsons won Best Lead Actor in a Comedy for Big Bang Theory, although the character he plays is straight.
Among queer women, Kate McKinnon was nominated for Outstanding Supporting Actress In A Comedy Series for her work on SNL, but she didn’t win. Laverne Cox was nominated for Outstanding Guest Actress In A Comedy Series for her portrayal of Sophia Burset on Orange Is the New Black, but she didn’t win. And Sarah Paulson for playing a straight character in American Horror Story: Coven, but she didn’t win either.
Now, I know it’s not a competition within the queer community. Gay men need representation and I’m sincerely happy they’re finally getting it. But I’m hearing a lot of congratulatory statements about LGBT inclusivity, when really, it looks a lot closer to GGGG inclusivity. That isn’t adequate media representation; our lives and experiences are not interchangeable.
I have mixed feelings about this, especially because…
5. Modern Family beat out Orange Is The New Black.
if you are happy about Modern Family you are not one of us
— Brittani Nichols (@BisHilarious) August 26, 2014
Feature image via InsideTV.