“I’m boycotting. If you don’t have Latin people, there’s no reason for me to see it. What’s the point?” he said in an interview with Yahoo Entertainment.
Cultural representation in award ceremonies has been a hot topic over the last few years, with many calling on the Emmys and Academy Awards to change.
Leguizamo added: “It’s unbelievable that our stories aren’t being told and there’s one reason for that. Executives don’t see us, don’t get us — don’t care about us.”
There are no nominations for Latinx shows or actors in any of the major categories. “We’re less than one percent of the stories being told by Hollywood streamers and networks, that’s cultural apartheid,” the Critical Thinking director added.
The Los Angeles Times looked into representation of the Emmy Awards, and found that in the last five years, 89% of the nominees in the prime-time category were white. According to their analysis, Black people accounted for 14% of nominees overall, Asian nominees were 2% of the total, Latinos 1% and all others a combined 1%.
Pushed for comment, the Television Academy acknowledged that there is still a lot of work that needs to be done.
“As an organization which is open for membership to all individuals working in the television industry, the Television Academy fervently agrees that there is still much work to be done across our industry in regards to representation,” the academy said in a statement to The Times.
However, the Academy was fast to say that Latinx representation has increased over the past 10 years.
“We feel it is a very positive sign that over the past decade the well-deserved recognition of performers of color has increased from 1 in 10 to 1 in 3 nominees across all performer categories,” the statement continued. “Clearly that increase in representation has not been equal for all groups, and clearly there is still more to do to improve both gender and racial representation across all categories.”
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