Emmys: Jeffrey Tambor Tells Hollywood "Give Transgender Talent a Chance"
"I would not be unhappy were I the last cisgender male to play a female transgender on television," said Jeffrey Tambor.
Diversity was celebrated throughout the Emmys on Sunday.
Transparent's Jeffrey Tambor made a plea on behalf of transgender actors in his acceptance speech for best actor in a comedy series.
"Please give transgender talent a chance," he said, addressing Hollywood. "Give them auditions, give them their stories."
Laverne Cox cheered as Tambor continued. "I would not be unhappy were I the last cisgender male to play a female transgender on television."
Later on in the evening, Cox said she'd like to echo Tambor's words to give trans talent a chance. "I wouldn't be here if someone hadn't given me a chance," she said.
In her acceptance speech for comedy directing, Transparent creator Jill Soloway said that putting women, people of color, trans people and queer people "at the center of the story" and treating them like subjects instead of objects can "change the world." She called for an end to the violence against transgender women and ended her speech by shouting, "Topple the patriarchy!"
Earlier in the night, host Jimmy Kimmel's monologue reflected on how this year's nominees are the "most diverse ever."
"The only thing we value more than diversity is congratulating ourselves on how much we value diversity," said Kimmel. "The Emmys are so diverse this year, the Oscars are now telling people we're one of their closest friends."
He told people of color to "find a white person" and tell them, "Thanks for your bravery."
Aziz Ansari stood up and hugged Ty Burrell as the crowd laughed.
When Ansari and Alan Yang won best writing for a comedy series for "Master of None," Yang's acceptance speech touched on diversity. He said Asian-Americans have "a long way to go" in terms of representation in Hollywood, but he believes they can get there. He addressed Asian parents saying that if a few of them could get their kids "cameras instead of violins" then "we'll be all good."
Later, Ansari presented an award and joked that he'd be voting for Donald Trump. He suggested that all the Muslim and Hispanic nominees should leave. "Wow, this would be so much easier if we were at the Oscars," he joked.
"America Ferrera, nice try changing your name to America," Ansari added. "You're not fooling anybody. You're out."