Is it sexist to put a beautiful woman on a rotating pedestal to serve as deliberate eye candy for the world as a powerful man speaks?
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Not according to Sofia Vergara, who participated in the pageant gag during Monday night’s Emmys. The actress, known for both her comedic timing and curves, provided ample distraction while Academy of Television Arts & Sciences president Bruce Rosenblum said some stuff no one heard over the sound of their furious tweeting.
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“I think it’s absolutely the opposite,” Vergara shot back at critics of the stunt, while speaking with the press backstage. “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.”
It’s hard to know about whom Vergara is speaking, because there was an instant sonic boom of negative reaction on the Internet once it was clear what she was doing on stage.
Here’s a taste:
“She was treated like a literal object,” Kara Brown at Jezebel said, calling the segment part of the “unfunny, sexist part of the program.”
Elizabeth Plank at Mic.com: “No, we did not accidentally travel back to the 1950’s. This overt example of objectification actually happened during the 2014 Emmys.”
On the plus side, the Vergara bit has magically united everyone in my Twitter feed in mutual sorrow and shame.
— emilynussbaum (@emilynussbaum) 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