During the Emmy Awards on Monday night, Lizzo won the Outstanding Competition Program award for her Amazon series “Lisso’s Watch Out for the Big Grrrls,” which documented her search for backup dancers. And her acceptance speech for her brilliant victory is all.
Lizzo’s show features 13 women vying to become dancers for the “About Damn Time” singer’s 2022 tour. It premiered in March of this year, and the show clearly means a lot to a lot of people – especially Lizzo herself and all the young women out there watching.
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“When I was a little girl, all I wanted to see was me in the media – someone fat like me, black like me, pretty like me,” Lizzo said, thrilled to accept the award. “If I could go back and tell little Lizzo something, I’d say, ‘You’re going to see this person, but f***ing it, it’s going to have to be you.’
As we know, to say that representation matters is an understatement. Girls deserve to be able to see themselves in the media they consume, and the sad reality is that fat and blackness are still underrepresented even now.
Lizzo also thanked her series contestants, adding, “This is for the big girls!”
Another fun fact about Lizzo’s win: this award means she’s getting closer and closer to becoming an esteemed member of the “EGOT” club – those who have won an Emmy, Grammy, Oscar and Tony – and now she’s halfway through the way.
“I want to thank the Emmys and the Emmy voters, first and foremost. I’m very moved,” she also said during her speech. “The trophy is good, but the emotion is for the people who are on this stage with me. The stories they shared aren’t that unique, they just don’t make it to the platform. Let’s tell more stories.”
To see how this kind of depiction affects the young people watching it, just take a look at the dozens and dozens of viral reaction videos of black girls watching the new trailer for Disney’s live-action remake of “The Little Mermaid.” (Try not to cry while watching, I dare you.)
According to a report by Variety last year, 42.2% of the US population is racially and ethnically diverse, and that number is only expected to grow in the coming decades. The report cites that black talent is “above parity on screen”, but 58% of black respondents in the report noted that this is still not enough. Black women also remain largely underrepresented on shows compared to black men. And with the most representative dramas featuring black women on screen, only about 15% of them have black female writers to their credit.
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A McKinsey report chart shows just how underrepresented black actors and creators are in Hollywood as of 2021.
The legendary Geena Davis, who received the Governors Award during the Emmys on Monday night, also gave Lizzo a shout, acknowledging that there is still progress to be made.
“Tonight is about honoring the best of television, and as you know, as Lizzo knows, television can often directly impact how people view themselves and judge their worth in the world,” she said. “And since I launched the institute, we’ve made great progress. But there’s still more work to do.”
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