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    The Emmys Didn't Nominate Mj Rodriguez, So It's Up To Us All To Celebrate Her

    She deserves better. All the women and non-binary people on Pose deserve better.

    Note: There are spoilers for Season 2 of Pose below.

    Whether you knew this or not, the Primetime Emmy nominations were announced today, and many deserving people got the recognition they worked hard for.

    Here Are The 2020 Emmy Nominees

    Hi Zendaya!

    But one notable person absent from any of these lists is actor Mj Rodriguez, aka Blanca from Pose. And frankly, I'm disappointed as hell.

    Mj Rodriguez walking a red carpet

    While the show itself nabbed an impressive six nominations, including a well-deserved Outstanding Lead Actor nom for Billy Porter, none of the women and non-binary actors on the show got that same honor.

    Billy Porter, Angelica Ross, Janet Mock, Hailie Sahar and Mj Rodriguez pose onstage at the Annual Essence Black Women in Hollywood luncheon

    If you've seen Pose, you know that every actor in the series is absolutely phenomenal, ESPECIALLY the women and non-binary people who are at the center of the series. But the person who keeps the show's heart beating episode after episode is Mj herself.

    Without Miss Blanca at the helm, Pose just wouldn't be what it is today. We also would've never gotten this hilarious meme that Mj herself loved. 😂

    This ish had me in full tears of laughter. Who ever did this, you are genius, and knows good humor😆😆😆😆😆😆😆😆😆😆

    And I'm not the only one who feels this way. Back in June, Pose executive producer, director, and writer Janet Mock sent a strong message to the Television Academy in support of Mj:

    If they don't give MJ mothaf*ckin' Rodriguez an Emmy nomination, they -- THE ACADEMY -- is telling on themselves. This woman carries POSE on her shoulders. #PoseFX

    And today, many on Twitter showed their love for Mj and frustration with the snub, including Pose co-creator Steven Canals, who asked a very valid question:

    Okay, real talk... what does @MjRodriguez7 have to do - aside from baring her heart & pouring her soul into every damn scene - to get a Best Actress nomination?! #PoseFX #Emmys

    Writer and podcast host Tre'vell Anderson shared their Out Magazine article from 2018, which states that Mj was the most overlooked performer that year. Why is this still true two years later?

    I said it before. I’ll say it again. #Emmys2020 #Pose

    Film critic and writer Carlos Aguilar noted that both Mj and Indya Moore, who are Afro-Latinx, did not get the noms they deserved. It's also worth pointing out that there are a total of ZERO Latinx acting noms this year.

    The #Emmys also forgot to nominate Latinx stars Mj Rodriguez and Indya Moore for POSE.

    Sam Corbett pointed out that Billy Porter's recognition is well-deserved, but that honor deserves to be extended to Mj, Janet, and Our Lady J, who put as much love, sweat, and tears into the series.

    MJ Rodriguez is the heart and soul of that show, and Janet Mock and Our Lady J managing to write some of the most moving hours of television even when working against the Brad Falchuk of it all is an absolutely herculean accomplishment that deserves praise.

    Many also made sure to point out that the women and non-binary people of Pose were overlooked as a whole despite giving very good, powerful, and culturally important performances.


    The fact that zero trans women were nominated for POSE, a show centered around the trans experience???

    Billy Porter definitely deserves the recognition he's getting for his work on "Pose." Also: on a show that centers Black Trans WOMEN, it blows me that they've never been recognized by the Television Academy. Mj Rodriguez, Dominique Jackson, Angelica Ross, and Indya Moore deserve.

    They are never gonna celebrate amazing work of the trans women of POSE. Which is why we must do so. Black Awards, White Awards, media, none of them and it’s really trash af.

    Mj herself reacted to all this love with four simple words:

    We love you too!

    At the end of the day, whether you think an award matters or not, the nominee list needs to reflect the excellence in every community, not just some. And when it comes to Mj, she isn't just excellent, she's a phenom and deserves to be treated as such.

    As Blanca, our girl nearly died in Season 2, just to rise from the ashes like the phoenix she is to deliver that incredible lip sync of Whitney Houston's "The Star Spangled Banner."

    Blanca performing "The Star Spangled Banner"

    She stood by Pray Tell's side when he was fighting for his own life and gave him some tough love.

    Pray Tell telling Blanca to get out of his hospital room

    And she taught us all how to be our own advocate.

    Blanca telling her landlord that she will sue her for discrimination

    She IS the ultimate house mother.

    Blanca talking to Angel

    As Blanca Evangelista, Mj made that role hers and there is no actor out there who could fill those shoes or give this role the justice it deserves. For now, we as a collective must honor and recognize that Mj's performance, as well as the performances from every other woman and non-binary actor in the show, are by far some of the greatest television has to offer.

    And given that Pose was renewed for a third season, I don't want to have this same conversation a year from now. Give Mj the Emmy she deserves already. It's overdue and us fans are here to collect what's hers.