The MTV Movie Awards is known for celebrity feuds and interesting outfits, but this year it stood out for an other reason: celebrating the LGBTQ community and breaking down gender stereotypes.
The Best Kiss Award has usually gone to a heterosexual couple, but not this year. Moonlight stars Ashton Sanders and Jharrel Jerome took it home as the audience cheered on. The movie is about a gay black man who’s abused for his sexuality.
— MTV (@MTV) May 8, 2017
Sanders praised the progressiveness of our time during his acceptance speech, saying:
“I think it’s safe to say that it is okay for young performers, especially us minority performers, to step out of the box. This award is for that. It’s for artists who need to step out of the box and do whatever it takes to tell a story and whatever it takes to make a change, to get people to wake up.”
The progressiveness didn’t stop at that award, though.
Emma Watson won the Best Actor Award for her role as Belle in Beauty and the Beast. It was MTV’s first-ever gender-neutral award. The movie was heavily criticized by closed-minded, diehard conservatives because of a gay character.
During her acceptance speech, Emma said:
“MTV’s move to create a genderless award for acting will mean something different to everyone. But to me, it indicates that acting is about the ability to put yourself in someone else’s shoes. And that doesn’t need to be separated into two different categories.”
— LA LGBT Center (@LALGBTCenter) May 12, 2017
As was to be expected, the Twitterverse rejoiced in these awards.
TWO. GAY. BLACK. MEN. WON. BEST. KISS. 👏🏽👏🏽👏🏽👏🏽👏🏽👏🏽 #MTVAwards
— KalaFromStateFarm (@KalaTweets_) May 8, 2017
— Jacqueline (@JacquelineJG) May 8, 2017
So hats off to MTV for moving forward. Our country needs it now more than ever.
Watch the acceptance speech for the Best Kiss Award.
Feature Image Source: Screenshot Via Twitter.