Yesterday, the Emmy nominations came out and the Internet had a lot to say, especially Mindy Kaling.
We spoke about the 2020 Emmy nominations on this episode of It’s Been A Big Day For…
While we reported that the 2020 Emmy nominations marked a new high for people of colour in the entertainment industry, with 34.3% of the acting nominees going to Black people, some thought this number wasn’t enough.
Many Twitter users were mad at the lack of trans people nominated, the lack of nominations for the show Pose and the lack of nominations for the Netflix series Never Have I Ever. Now Mindy Kaling, the creator behind Never Have I Ever, has responded to the concerns.
It all started when journalist Tufayel Ahmed tweeted to the world, “Wait. Stop the celebrations. Where the f is #NeverHaveIEver.” This prompted Mindy Kaling to reply saying, “Sometimes a show like ours will always seem ethnic or niche to a certain group of people…” Check out her full response here.
In the aforementioned tweet, Mindy Kaling tagged the series co-creator Lang Fisher and discussed the high number of viewers who watched the show. Kaling’s comments come very shortly after Netflix announced the first season’s streaming hits.
Yet, even after raking in 40 million hits in the first month of its release, Never Have I Ever was sadly snubbed in favour of other comedy shows like The Marvelous Mrs Maisel (nabbing 20 nominations), Schitt’s Creek (nabbing 15 nominations), and Insecure (nabbing 8 nominations).
We spoke about these Netflix stats on this episode of It’s Been A Big Day For…
Frank Scherma, the chairman and CEO of the Television Academy, commented on the diversity of the nominees, when the list came out, saying: “2020 isn’t just about the global health crisis. This year we are also bearing witness to one of the greatest fights for social justice in history, and it is our duty to use this medium for change. That is the power and responsibility of television — not only delivering a multitude of services or a little escapism but also amplifying the voices that must be heard and telling the stories that must be told. Because television, by its very nature, connects us all.”
And while this statement may be good in theory, there is plenty left to do before we’ve reached adequate representation for all in the Hollywood industry.
If you haven’t seen it, Never Have I Ever follows a first-generation Indian-American teenager who goes through an atypical coming-of-age story involving her first sexual experience, self-acceptance and family bonding. We highly recommend you give it a view, it’s a fun time.
Let’s hope Mindy Kaling isn’t snubbed at next years Emmys because Never Have I Ever seen such snubbery.
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