Nonbinary actor Liv Hewson withdrew their name from Emmy consideration for one very valid reason—there is "no space" for them.
The Yellowjackets star—who uses they/them pronouns—is eligible for Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Drama Series for this year's Primetime Emmy Awards but won't be submitting their name as there are only male and female categories.
They told Variety:
"There's not a place for me in the acting categories."
"It would be inaccurate for me to submit myself as an actress. It neither makes sense for me to be lumped in with the boys."
"It's quite straightforward and not that loaded."
"I can't submit myself for this because there's no space for me."
While many have rallied for inclusivity for years, advocates do fear that eliminating gender categories altogether would only further cater to cisgender White males.
Hewson, however, told Variety:
“There is an implied fatalism there, which suggests that we’ve all agreed that equality is impossible."
"And that’s sad.”
“We’re not going to start awarding best female and male director, or female or male cinematographer, because we all understand that implicitly would be insulting."
"You can keep things as they are right now—I just won’t be participating.”
While several on social media understand Hewson's stance, many do believe combining categories will only benefit males.
\u201c@Variety The problem with joining genders in categories is it just means women get less wins. There should be a non binary category.\u201d— Variety (@Variety) 1682527672
Of course, many applauded Hewson's decision to withdraw their submission.
\u201c@Variety \ud83d\ude4c\ud83d\ude4c\ud83d\ude4c\ud83d\ude4c\ud83d\ude4c\u201d— Variety (@Variety) 1682527672
\u201c@LabelFreeBrands Good. More folks should do this.\u201d— \u2665\ufe0f (@\u2665\ufe0f) 1682556709
\u201canyone having feelings other than massive respect for liv hewson rn can get in the bin\u201d— van palmer \ud83d\udc98 YJ SPOILERS (@van palmer \ud83d\udc98 YJ SPOILERS) 1682532613
\u201c@TheAVClub I agree that for the arts there should just be a category for actors as a whole. Why have separate categories for men and women like it means anything? They're all actors.\u201d— The A.V. Club (@The A.V. Club) 1682616633
Hewson expressed their hope that the discussion continues and gains traction in the process:
"It's worth talking about."
"And I very gently and respectfully ask that people get their gears turning a little."
You can catch Hewson in season 2 of Yellowjackets which is streaming now on Showtime.