By | Samantha Bergeson
Last week’s MTV Movie and TV Awards broke new ground. Hosted by lovable comedian Adam Devine, the show had an inclusive vibe, celebrating all forms of cultural diversity– most notably with their unprecedented grouping of both male and female actors in the Gender-Free Acting Award.
This is a huge step within the acting and award communities. Rather than separating performances based on sex, MTV considered both men and women in the Best Actor role.
This year, Emma Watson received the award for her turn as Belle in the live-action “Beauty and the Beast.” Watson emphasized the progressive nature of this gender-free change. “The first acting award in history that doesn’t separate nominees based on their sex says something about how we perceive the human experience,” Watson said.
In an era where gender is more and more a politicized topic, MTV has opened their arms to all walks of life. Watson summed it up perfectly: “Empathy and the ability to use your imagination should have no limits.”
And that is the true “Beauty” here. Now let’s just get that pay gap fixed.