John Leguizamo is boycotting the 2020 Emmys, citing “cultural apartheid” as his reason.
“If you don’t have Latin people, there’s no reason for me to see it,” the comedian and actor, 56, told Yahoo.
Awards shows such as the Emmys and the Oscars have been criticized in recent years for their lack of diversity. The #OsarsSoWhite hashtag was created by activist April Reign in January 2015 to draw attention to this phenomenon at the Academy Awards.
This year, the Emmys improved on its recognition of African-American actors, nominating Don Cheadle, Issa Rae, Mahershala Ali, Yahya Abdul-Mateen II and more.
But as Leguizamo points out, no Latinx people got nods this year.
“What’s the point?” he said. “It’s unbelievable that our stories aren’t being told … Like, we’re 50% of the population of Los Angeles and less than 3% of the faces in front of the camera? Less than 2% of the faces behind the camera? Less than 1% of the stories being told by Hollywood streamers and networks? That’s cultural apartheid.”
Leguizamo, who grew up in New York, is best known for films such as “Romeo + Juliet” and “John Wick” as well as TV shows such as “ER” and “When They See Us.”
The 72nd Emmys will be hosted by Jimmy Kimmel and broadcast live on Sunday at 8:00 p.m. on ABC