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Actor Runs Full-Page Ad In NYTimes Asking Emmy Voters To Choose Non-White Candidates

Camila Morrone arrives at the 75th Primetime Emmy Awards on Monday, Jan. 15, 2024, at the Peacock Theatre in Los Angeles. (Photo by Richard Shotwell/Invision/AP)

Actor John Leguizamo ran a full-page ad in Sunday’s edition of The New York Times asking Emmy voters to choose non-White nominees.

“I know everyone is exhausted about inclusion but not us who are not included. So that’s why I took this ad out in the NYTimes,” Leguizamo wrote on X, alongside two pictures of his advertisement.

The liberal actor said White people are overrepresented in top positions across tech, banking, medicine, streaming and Hollywood.

“America is better when it is inclusive. It is more profitable. It is more creative! Let’s not give up. I’m still woke! Are you?” he wrote.

Leguizamo’s advertisement came in the form of a giant “Open Letter to The Television Academy.” He urged voters to see artists of color represented across all categories.

“I know you’re tired of hearing words like ‘inclusivity’ and ‘diversity’ – treading water while you try to understand how to put actions behind these sentiments,” he wrote.

Leguizamo’s letter noted that hundreds of prolific non-White artists deserve to be considered for awards, not because of their ethnicity but because they have “achieved greatness with a foot on their neck for too long.”

“Let this be the start of a new era,” he wrote. “Let us not continue to whitewash our award shows. Instead, let this year be the catalyst that inspires the next generation of minority and underrepresented artists… a generation who might finally see a reflection of themselves on that stage and think… ‘If they can, maybe I can too.'”

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