Jill Soloway Urges Emmy Audience To 'Topple The Patriarchy'

“It’s a privilege, and it also creates privilege, when you take people of color, women, trans people, queer people, and put them at the center of the story.”

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.










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.



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