The Emmys took a very troubling turn with a bit that presented Sofia Vergara's body as evidence that TV throughout the years has known how to present viewers with “something compelling to look at.” As the president of the Academy spoke about, of all things, diversity on television, Vergara spun around on a literal rotating pedestal. On a night in which women already make up only 26 percent of nominees, this kind of objectification did not sit so well with viewers watching around the country.
Many took to Twitter to express their discontent:
Is this just a bit about Sofia Vergara's body? Unsubscribe.
— Margaret Lyons (@margeincharge) August 26, 2014
Sofia Vergara objectified on stage by president of an awards show that has only twice awarded a Latina woman with an acting award #Emmys
— Imran Siddiquee (@imransiddiquee) August 26, 2014
"We don't want to lose viewers during the boring bits, objectify some woman up on screen. Can we get Sofia Vergara?" - some douche at NBC
— Julia Gazdag (@juliagazdag) August 26, 2014
Actually, you know what, I am done watching this show. That Sofia Vergara bit was… well, that was the straw on the camel's back.
— Roxane Bey (@rgay) August 26, 2014
— Hasti Namaki (@Namakiki) August 26, 2014
— Miss Representation (@RepresentPledge) August 26, 2014
Entertainment Weekly reported Vergara's response to claims that the stunt was sexist on early Tuesday morning:
"I think its absolutely the opposite," she said. "It means that somebody can be hot and also be funny and make fun of herself. I think it’s ridiculous that somebody started this -- I know who she was -- who has no sense of humor [and should] lighten up a little bit.”