MTV Changes Moonman Trophy to Moon Person for Video Music Awards

“Why should it be a man?” network president Chris McCarthy asks


MTV is redoubling its efforts to reduce its awards shows’ emphasis on gender.

Network president Chris McCarthy told The New York Times on Sunday that the channel’s Video Music Awards will award Moon Person trophies at its annual ceremony next month, rather than the typical Moonman.

“Why should it be a man?” McCarthy asked. “It could be a man, it could be a woman, it could be transgender, it could be nonconformist.”

This follows the network having eliminated gender-specific acting categories for its Movie and TV Awards that aired in May.

At that ceremony, Emma Watson won this year’s prize for Best Actor in a Movie for her role in “Beauty and the Beast,” while “Stranger Things” standout Millie Bobby Brown prevailed for Best Actor in a Show.

The 2017 MTV Video Music Awards airs live on Aug. 27 at 8 p.m. ET.