Gillian Anderson took home her second Emmy award in September and fans are going wild over the subtle yet noticeable penis shaped charms adorning her gown.
Anderson's first Emmy was in 1997 for her performance in The X-Files as FBI agent Dana Scully. This year she won Best Supporting Actress for her role as Margaret Thatcher in The Crown.
Upon taking a closer look at the bisexual icon's red carpet look—a stunning cream two piece with fringe—people began to notice the penis shaped charms that stood out against the elegant outfit.
This is definitely on brand for Anderson, who's been playing the role of a sex therapist on the hit Netflix series Sex Education. The third season just aired September 17.
She was somehow afraid we wouldn't notice her penis charms, so she took to her Instagram story to point it out for us.
"FYI in case you hadn't noticed. Repurposed penises."
Anderson said she had to set aside her own political beliefs to play the role of the divisive politician.
Anderson told Harpers Bazaar:
"I had to get to a point where it's nothing to do with my opinions of her policies, of her actions."
"It is only about her as a human being and her motivation as a politician and as a mother."
To go along with the theme of her dress, the cast and crew of Sex Education gave her a penis shaped cake for her win.
She captioned the photo with:
"Let them eat cake! Thank you thank you thank you."
Good thing she has a sense of humor.
While Anderson's win for her performance in The Crown was well deserved, the Emmys left TV fans feeling frustrated with their remaining issues with diversity.
Pose actress MJ Rodriguez was the first out transgender woman nominated in a leading acting category. Sadly, no one from the cast of the critically acclaimed show—which ended in 2021—won a single award this year.
And all 12 major acting categories went to White actors. Billy Porter, who plays Pray Tell on Pose and was the first openly gay Black man to win as lead actor in 2019—was nominated again this year but didn't win for his performance of a gay man facing an HIV+ status and AIDS in the late 1980s.
Many critics felt Porter's performance in the final season exceeded even his prior exceptional ones.
Pose goes down as the largest transgender and gender nonconforming cast and show to air in television history. The cast was also primarily BIPOC, which critics of the Emmys felt contributed to the show's lack of mainstream awards.
Even though this was the most diverse nominee list ever seen, the winged statuettes were not handed out with a similar nod to diversity.
Emmy voters remain overwhelmingly White which industry critics say means so will the awards.