Alex Borstein Makes Powerful Acceptance Speech at 2019 Emmys
At the 71st Primetime Emmy Awards, stars took advantage of the spotlight to make a few political statements. Laverne Cox, director Daina Reed and more got their messages across with fashion accessories subtly displayed on the ceremony's purple carpet, while Alex Borstein used her Emmy win to speak about being a woman in control of your own destiny.
After winning her second consecutive Emmy for Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Comedy Series for her role on The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel, Borstein took a moment from her joke-filled acceptance speech to make a poignant statement.
"My grandparents are immigrants; they are Holocaust survivors," Borstein said. "My grandmother turned to a guard -- she was in line to be shot into a pit -- and she said, 'What happens if I step out of line?' and he said, 'I don't have the heart to shoot you but somebody will.' And she stepped out of line. And for that, I am here. And for that, my children are here. So step out of line, ladies. Step out of line!"
The speech was met with rapturous applause as she walked off stage with her trophy.
Later, when RuPaul Charles was accepting the win for Outstanding Competition Program for RuPaul's Drag Race, he asked the audiences and viewers alike to register to vote. "Go to vote.gov," he concluded his speech.
Earlier in the night, Cox, who was nominated for Outstanding Guest Actress in a Comedy Series at the Creative Arts ceremony, walked the carpet in a stunning, black-and-lilac ruffled tiered dress accessorized with a bedazzled clutch. Styled like the Pride flag, the clutch also included a message about LGBTQ rights. "Oct. 8, Title VII, Supreme Court," her handbag reads, referring to the upcoming decision the court has to make about workplace discrimination.
Meanwhile, Reed, who is nominated for Outstanding Directing for a Drama Series for directing The Handmaid's Tale season two episode, "Holly," made a reference to the Hulu series with her clutch. "Praise Be," her Jimmy Choo bag reads. While not as pointed as Cox's statement, the series has become a metaphor for the country's current political climate and the current administration's handling of women's rights.
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