Emmys: Sofia Vergara Defends "Sexist" Spinning Segment

10:48 PM PST 08/25/2014 by Soo Youn

"Somebody can be hot and also be funny," says Vergara to critics

Modern Family's Sofia Vergara managed to hit a bum note at the Emmys.

During the obligatory segment honoring the Academy of Television Arts and Sciences' mission, the Modern Family star drew heat for an awkward segment featuring her famous figure on a rotating dais. After cracking jokes about her dreams of coming to America, she introduced Academy president Bruce Rosenblum.

Feigning a confused expression, Vergara climbed onto a rotating platform posing in faux awkwardness as she stuck out her bust and behind. Earlier on the red carpet she had complained that people focused too much on her breasts and not enough on her backside, something that was remedied during this bit. Meanwhile, Rosenblum extolled the virtues of the industry's unions. 

"We always give our viewers something compelling to watch," he joked of the actress' display of assets. By the second rotation, Vergara gestured at her backside and joked that she doesn't do "those kinds of shows anymore." A backlash ensued on Twitter decrying the bit as sexist.

Later backstage, Vergara pooh-poohed any such charges. "I think it's absolutely the opposite. It means somebody can be hot and also be funny and make fun of herself and enjoy her work and make money," Vergara told reporters. "I absolutely think it's ridiculous. Somebody who started this, I know who this was, has no sense of humor and should lighten up a little bit."

Then as the afterparties were underway, Vergara defended herself on Twitter by retweeting outlets that quoted her defending the segment.

Last week, the actress Instagrammed a photo of herself in a dermatologist's office getting a butt treatment, which, in retrospect, seems like foreshadowing.

Click here to see the best and worst moments from Monday night's ceremony.

A complete list of winners can be found here.

Lesley Goldberg contributed reporting from backstage.

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