After winning an Emmy Award for Best Director of a Comedy Series, “Transparent” creator Jill Soloway made an impassioned acceptance speech to advocate for the marginalized transgender community and diversity in the TV industry.
“I’ve always wanted to be part of a movement — civil rights movement, the feminist movement,” she continued. “This TV show allows me to take my dreams about unlikable Jewish people, queer folk, trans folk, and make them heroes.”
Urging the world the stop violence against transgender women, Soloway then raised her award high and shouted, “Topple the patriarchy! Topple the patriarchy!”
Unsurprisingly, it became the most iconic line of the otherwise uneventful Emmys.
so that's two female directors with Emmys. #topplethepatriarchy— mary mcnamara (@marymacTV) September 19, 2016
I am pretty sure @jillsoloway just won best award speech EVER— Frani (@franirenee) September 19, 2016
BRB, getting "topple the patriarchy" tattooed on my body #Emmys2016— Tahlia Hein (@notnadia) September 19, 2016
Jill Soloway: Like a boss! https://t.co/e5kKgqBuK2— Lizz Winstead (@lizzwinstead) September 19, 2016
I like living in a world where someone shouts "topple the patriarchy" on the emmy's stage— rhyanna (@leiasorgana) September 19, 2016
Shortly after Soloway’s terrific speech, “Transparent” actor Jeffrey Tambor also accepted his award for Best Actor in a Comedy or Musical TV series and encouraged directors to stop hiring so many cis people to play transgender characters. Instead, he urged them and actively recruit transgender actors.
“I would not be unhappy were I the last cisgender male to play a female transgender on television,” he said.