Queer Emmy Nominations 2020 and Queer TV Characters

Pose on FX was overshadowed by its queer counterparts on the television world, with shows like Schitt’s Creek and “Euphoria” being nominated more times. Schitt’s Creek astounded with a total of 14 nominations. The Eugene Levy, Dan Levy, Catherine O’Hara, and Annie Murphy stunned as the comedy series was profusely nominated against the backdrop of Pose, which only had one nomination for Billy Porter. Lesbian actresses like Samira Wiley (The Handmaid’s Tale”) and Kate McKinnon (Saturday Night Live) and gay actors like Jim Parsons (Hollywood), and a bisexual actor, Jeremy Pope (Hollywood) were also selected for their roles. Transgender actress LaVerne Cox was nominated as Best Guest Actress for “Orange is the New Black.” Zendaya Coleman, or as she is usually known as simply Zendaya, was nominated for the first time for her portrayal of Rue in Euphoria. The shows is an adaptation of the Israeli drama series and airs on HBO. Ru Paul’s Drag Race was one of the unscripted shows nominated, where it has been victorious before. The shows Untucked (a version of Drag Race) and We’re Here are also nominated for Unstructured Reality Programs.

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Shows like Netflix’s 13 Reasons Why portrayed some queer characters, like Alex Standall (Miles Heizer), who realizes he is attracted to men in the last (fourth) season of the show, Charlie St. George (Tyler Barnardt) who comes out to his dad at Monet’s (the show’s mainstay coffee shop); the two turn into lovers and are even crowed prom kings together. Tony Padilla (Christian Navarro) is the show’s longest running queer character, being cemented for his status as a masculine, gay character in the show. His love interest is Caleb, a gym owner portrayed by R.J. Johnson. One character in the show who briefly struggled with his sexuality and came out to his father in a sadly grim scene where his father reacted by spitting on him was Montgomery de la Cruz (Timothy Granaderos.) Basically, Montgomery (or Monty) was imprisoned for assaulting and brutally bullying Tyler Down (Devin Druid), another student, and Monty was also framed for murder. In the scene before he was killed in prison, his father asked him “are you a f*ggot?” to which he replied, “sure.” His father proceeded to spit on him. I wish they would have shown his sensitive side more and unraveled his coming out more. They just killed him off after he came out, but to me, Alex and Charlie’s tender crowning as prom kings did not necessarily make up for it, but as far as LGBTQ+ representation goes, it was rejoicing.

Article by Umar Siddiqui

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