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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.
So much to be learned from this brief moment from Morgan Freeman. Having a voice isn't about how loud you speak. Advocating but with grace, dignity and respect not only for himself but for ppl in the room and the organization giving him the award. (Entire speech was enjoyable.) https://t.co/QgsfHGlIVd— Cindy KerberSpellman (@kerberpr) January 22, 2018
“Perhaps I’ve started something,” Freeman said, after making his comments.
We hope you have, Freeman.
Tess Cagle is a reporter who focuses on politics, lifestyle, and streaming entertainment. Her work has appeared in the New York Times, Texas Monthly, the Austin American-Statesman, Damn Joan, and Community Impact Newspaper. She’s also a portrait, events, and live music photographer in Central Texas.