Uzo Aduba who plays Suzanne “Crazy Eyes” Warren on Netflix’s acclaimed series Orange is the New Black has a piece in the current Hollywood Reporter reminding Emmy of its dismal track record when it comes to diversity of its awards.
“‘The last series with a non-white cast to win the comedy Emmy was The Cosby Show in 1985. The last woman of color to take the comedy actress prize was Isabel Sanford (The Jeffersons) in 1981.”
It’s not a rant or a scold so much as a helpful reminder that television is slowly but surely diversifying and it’s time for Emmy to keep up.
Speaking of her own show, Aduba says:
“Working on our show often feels like that moment when Dorothy’s house lands in Oz, she opens the door and suddenly a mix of colors floods the screen. She didn’t realize what she’d been missing.”
Meanwhile, Season 2 of Orange is the New Black lands in its entirety on Netflix on June 6.