The MTV Movie and TV Awards did a very 2017 thing this week by giving out new gender-neutral awards instead of their traditional "Best Actor" or "Best Actress" for movies and television. According to the Washington Post, "These are the first major gender-neutral acting awards. Most, like the Golden Globes and the Oscars, have separate categories for actors and actresses."
On Sunday, for her portrayal of Belle in the live-action Beauty and the Beast remake, feminist megaphone Emma Watson received the genderless "Best Actor in a Movie." By the approbation she received, you'd have thought she refused to sit on the back of the bus instead of simply receiving a little statue of overflowing popcorn. The actress (or are we supposed to say "actor" now?) received her award and then delivered an emotional speech about what winning the gender non-specific award meant to her:
“The first acting award in history that doesn’t separate nominees based on their sex says something about how we perceive the human experience. MTV’s move to create a genderless award for acting will mean something different to everyone. But to me, it indicates that acting is about the ability to put yourself in someone else’s shoes. And that doesn’t need to be separated into two different categories.”
Wait, what kind of shoes are we talking about, because shoes definitely need different categories. There are flip flops, heels, Birkenstocks... Come on, let's be practical here. Watch her speech for yourself below:
As you can imagine, her speech was widely praised. WaPo reports, "The general reaction to Sunday’s speech was positive, as summed up in several Web publication headlines. The HuffPost’s headline claimed the speech 'Left Us All Feeling Inspired.' Mashable’s called it 'majorly inspiring, duh.' MTV, perhaps self-servingly, called it both “beautiful” and “super inspiring.” Wow! So many superlatives, so little substance! But this Tweet summed up what many leftists were thinking:
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