December 19, 2018

The Diverse Manifestations of Diversity of the Emmys

“When people think of “diversity” they’re most often referring to racial diversity. However, what was equally troubling was the fact that all the major awards went to one show: the charming Amazon period comedy “The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel.” This is a different type of diversity problem: when one show monopolizes the awards.

In the era of “peak TV,” I would argue that it’s highly problematic to give all the awards within a particular genre to one show.

Yes, it’s true that HBO’s “Barry” won the two male acting awards, but this was in part because “The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel” has no male lead.

But to give both female acting awards, and the writing, directing and best comedy awards to “Mrs. Maisel” means denying recognition to equally deserving shows, namely “Atlanta,” whose brilliant second season is, I would argue, even more compelling than its first.”

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