The Emmy Awards this year was exceptional in many senses. Uzo Aduba from “Orange is the New Black” became the first actress to receive the comedy and drama award for the same role in a series. At the same time, Viola Davis became the first black actress to win Best Actress in a Drama Series. The issue of diversity on TV has since come on the surface, and this time Aduba has put light on the issue.
Aduba was present in the Advertising Week panel Tuesday morning accompanied by her fellow actor Dascha Polanco from the show. Tituss Burgess was also there to carry on the conversation on diversity on television.
According to all the actors and speakers present on the show, the American television is moving on the right direction by presenting shows like “Empire,” “Orange is the New Black,” “Black-ish,” and “Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt.”
When asked about the diversity of television and portraying Tituss Andromedon on the show, Burgess said, “When I was growing up, I think if I had Titus Andromedon, I would have been really scared or really inspired. I think I would have come out differently, and who knows where I would be now having been afforded the opportunity to feel comfortable in my skin earlier.”
Aduba was asked how she sees television changing in the next five years. She replied, “Audiences are ready for the truth and whatever that truth might look like, physically, internally… It’s really exciting to see now that television is investing in the truth, authentic representation as an extension of that, and writers are actually excited by that.”
Polanco, on the other hand, wants to be respected as a lead role artist and not as a character actress. The discussion also saw Burgess answer questions on casting on television and he shared her personal experience with the audience.
Even if the issue of diversity on national TV does not get solved very soon, this kind of discussions will surely have an impact on the mind of the audience as they will be able to accept the changes.