#OscarsSoWhite Creator Urges Emmys to Push "Further" With Diversity

"The Emmys were 'diverse.' But go further," said April Reign in a Twitter thread tackling Monday night's show.

April Reign, the creator of the #OscarsSoWhite movement that paved the way for more Hollywood diversity, is calling on the TV Academy to "go further" with inclusion after Monday night's Emmy Awards.

"I [want] to make clear to @theEmmys and anyone else who is under a mistaken impression, that 'diversity' doesn't just mean 'more Blacks,'" Reign wrote in a Twitter thread Tuesday morning. "How many non-Black people of color do you remember during @TheEmmys last night? How many openly LGBT+ people? How many visibly disabled folks were part of the staff handing out awards?"

The 2018 Emmy Awards kicked off its show with a musical number that tackled diversity on TV. Saturday Night Live duo Colin Jost and Michael Che hosted the NBC telecast and the pair welcomed their colleagues Kate McKinnon and Kenan Thompson to the stage to lead a song, "We Solved It," about how the night has "the most diverse nominees in Emmy history."

The tone-setting opener has since been called out for not delivering on diverse winners by the night's end. Che joked about the lack of black winners as the show went on and presented "Reparations" Awards to black actors in a pretaped sketch. The Hollywood Reporter's Daniel Fienberg acknowledged that the opening song was meant to be ironic, but took note that "there were many other references to the inclusive nomination base that felt like self-conscious back-patting, which would have looked better if the first hour of the awards show wasn't a parade of white winners rising out of those inclusive nomination fields."

Of the 12 acting awards presented during Monday's telecast, three went to nonwhite winners: Regina King, Thandie Newton and Darren Criss. RuPaul also won the award for best variety show. The guest-acting categories, however, aren't typically included in the main show — they were presented during the two-night Creative Arts Emmy Awards earlier this month; all four trophies went to winners of color.

Last year's Emmys event was praised for shining its spotlight on a diverse class of both nominees and winners. In 2017 — on the heels of the #OscarsSoWhite controversy — the TV Academy nominated a historic 21 nonwhite actors across 16 acting categories. When the big night came, Sterling K. Brown, Donald Glover, Riz Ahmed and Lena Waithe all made history with their respective category wins.

In her thread, Reign used the moment when Hayma Washington, chairman and CEO of the Television Academy, praised diversity during the show to "talk a bit more about what 'diversity' is and isn't, and whether that should be the goal." Read the thread below: