At the 49th annual Daytime Emmy awards ceremony on Friday in Pasadena, Calif., several people used the platform to speak up about the Supreme Court’s decision to overturn Roe v. Wade and end federal protection of abortion rights earlier the same day.
National Academy of Television Arts and Sciences (NATAS) CEO Adam Sharp took the stage at the start of the night to joke about how he would normally open the show by reminding everyone about logistics, including that speeches have a 30-second limit. But he closed his comments on a more serious note.
“Tonight is not a normal night. There is a lot to say tonight. It’s a tough news day,” he said. “We have no doubt that the daytime community will use its collective voice to tackle these issues, just as it has been at the forefront of so many societal debates over the last few decades. Daytime has always been first.”
When the live telecast began on CBS, hosts Kevin Frazier and Nischelle Turner subtly touched on the news with a joke.
“I love your dress,” Frazier said.
“You know what, Kevin? I chose this dress. My choice!” Turner said, receiving wide applause.
“This is about not taking anything for granted,” Tamron Hall said about Roe v. Wade while addressing the press after winning the award for informative talk show host. “Three years ago, we learned not to take our health for granted, or time spent with each other. And this is a reminder that we can’t take our votes for granted. [Age] 18 is a milestone, but it is a cornerstone [because of the ability to vote]. This is a reminder of that conversation about voting rights. All of it is connected. My dad was in the army for 30 years, so it is reflective for me. It has to be a conversation within ourselves.”
Nancy Lee Grahn, who was nominated for her supporting performance in the ABC drama “General Hospital,” had the words “reproductive freedom” stamped on her chest and carried a bag that read “bans off our bodies,” along with wearing wristbands in support of Black Lies Matter, gay pride Ukraine, and the United Nations’ efforts against racial discrimination.
The entertainment industry has seen a massive outpouring of pro-choice sentiments since the Roe v. Wade news was announced, from individual celebrities like Taylor Swift sharing their outrage to SAG-AFTRA and IATSE calling out the Supreme Court to major corporations including Disney and Paramount promising to cover travel costs for employees seeking abortions.