The 73rd Emmy nominations featured a pair of women who were just featured in stories that recently took over the timeline.
While Stan Twitter had been rallying behind the Free Britney movement for some time, the general population wasn’t well aware of the situation pop star Britney Spears had been enduring since the beginning of her conservatorship in 2008. The New York Times documentary ‘Framing Britney Spears’ premiered earlier this year, exposing details of the singer’s experience while her father and other trustees were put in charge of her finances and other aspects of her life. The point of a documentary is to inform people and bring light to certain topics or causes in an attempt to change the situation. ‘Framing Britney Spears’ did just that with all the information it provided. It got people talking, celebrities took a stand, and following all the support, Spears spoke openly about her case in public for the first time during a court appearance. The other documentaries that are nominated in the Outstanding Documentary Or Nonfiction Special category are surely deserving of recognition, but ‘Framing Britney’ created a sort of cultural shift which makes it an obvious choice as the winner.
On the opposite side of things, some celebrities can disappoint, no matter how much you love them. Phylicia Rashad’s third consecutive nomination in the Drama Guest Actress category for her guest role on This Is Us should be a cause for celebration. The actress has played the role of Carole Clarke, Beth Pearson’s (Susan Kelechi Watson) mom, on the NBC series since 2019, bringing in a nomination every year since. This year, in particular, the nomination comes just weeks after she landed in hot water for sharing a tweet in support of longtime friend and collaborator Bill Cosby’s prison release in June. “FINALLY!!!! A terrible wrong is being righted- a miscarriage of justice is corrected!” the actress tweeted, removing the reply option. The tweet went viral, with people quote-tweeting her message to express their disappointment in the actress for showing support for the disgraced comedian who has been accused of assault by more than 60 women. Cosby has maintained his innocence and was released from prison due to a legal technicality but many people, most notably women and assault survivors, saw Rashad’s public support as a betrayal to all women. The three-time Emmy winner later released a statement regarding her tweet. “I fully support survivors of sexual assault coming forward. My post was in no way intended to be insensitive to their truth,” she wrote. “Personally, I know from friends and family that such abuse has lifelong residual effects. My heartfelt wish is for healing.” She has been loved by many for her role as Claire Huxtable in The Cosby Show but many felt that the initial tweet left a stain on her legacy. Apologies are fine, but sometimes the damage is already done and can’t be forgotten—especially for sexual assault survivors. —Karla Rodriguez