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Morgan Freeman calls for gender-neutral Screen Actor’s Guild trophy

Freeman insinuated the SAG statue is sexist.


Tess Cagle


Posted on Jan 22, 2018   Updated on May 22, 2021, 3:57 am CDT

As Morgan Freeman accepted his Screen Actors Guild Lifetime Achievement Award on Sunday, he had a few words for the organization’s board of directors.

Freeman, who was celebrating 54 years in the industry, called out the SAG “Outstanding Performance” trophy for looking like a male figure.

“I’m gonna tell you what’s wrong with this statue,” Freeman said. “It works from the back. From the front, it’s gender-specific.”

Freeman raises an interesting point. Out of the 15 “Outstanding Performance” awards given out annually, only five go specifically to men. And after a year like this one—where the night was hosted by women and series with largely female casts won big—it’s perfectly reasonable to wonder why the trophy is only representative of one gender.

Viewers of the SAG Awards expressed agreement with Freeman on Twitter.

“Perhaps I’ve started something,” Freeman said, after making his comments.

We hope you have, Freeman.

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*First Published: Jan 22, 2018, 8:04 am CST