John Leguizamo Wants The TV Academy To Embrace Diversity And Change Ahead Of Emmys Voting 

Actor and Comedian John Leguizamo is calling on the Television Academy to embrace diversity and change ahead of the 76th Primetime Emmy Awards. Leguizamo took out a full-page advertisement in the Sunday issue of The New York Times to put out an open letter. 

“Dear Hollywood, please let this be the year we finally embrace change. The year we truly find equity and see artists of color represented across not just one category, but ALL categories.”

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“I know you’re tired of hearing words like ‘inclusivity’ and ‘diversity’ — treading water while you try to understand how to put actions behind these sentiments. Look no further! It’s simple! 

There are hundreds of prolific non-white artists who deserve to be considered for awards this year, not because they are simply… Black, Brown, Indigenous or Asian but because they are truly great… exceptional artists who have achieved that greatness with a foot on their neck for far too long,” Leguizamo began

“Let this be the start of a new era. Let us not continue to white wash our awards shows. Instead let this year be the catalyst that inspires the next generation of minority and underrepresented artists… a generation who might finally see a reflection of themselves on that stage and think … ‘If they can, maybe I can, too…’”

“Your peer, John Leguizamo. Writer, actor, producer, director & Colombian-American who won’t ever let anyone tell him ‘no,’” Leguizamo signed.

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Leguizamo followed his open letter by posting to X, formerly Twitter, to summarize what he said as well as re-emphasize his overall point to his followers. 

He discussed how non-Hispanic white people only make up about 59% of the United States’ population, however, they are consistently “over-represented in top positions across the board.”

“They are the decision makers in tech, banking, corporations, medicine and streamers and Hollywood! America is better when it is inclusive. It is more profitable. It is more creative! Let’s not give up. I’m still woke! Are you?” wrote Leguizamo on X, also sharing screenshots of the open letter.  

Voting for the 76th Primetime Emmy Awards will start on Thursday, June 13th, and the nominations will be revealed on July 17th. The award show itself will occur on Sunday, September 15th.