The Television Academy will recognize nonbinary performers in the Emmy competition. The organization announced that performer category winners or nominees may now request that their nomination certificate and engraving on an Emmy statue carry the term “performer” in place of “actor” or “actress.” The Television Academy will still use actor, actress, supporting actor and supporting actress in its categories, but it will now allow each individual to choose how they wish to be identified, including the new non-gendered “performer” label. The organization’s decision comes after Billions star Asia Kate Dillon publicly questioned the use of gendered acting categories for the Emmy Awards in 2017, which appeared to exclude those who identified as nonbinary like Dillon. In the end, Dillon asked to be entered into the “supporting actor” category that year.
Michael B. Jordan apologizes after accusations of cultural appropriation over the name of his new rum brand
Michael B. Jordan has apologized for the name of his new rum brand, saying in his Instagram Stories that he will be renaming the brand. The 34-year-old actor said Tuesday that he will change the name of his rum brand J’Ouvert after accusations that the name appropriates Caribbean culture.
Billie Eilish is apologizing for her behavior after video resurfaced that appears to show her mouthing an anti-Asian remark. An edited compilation of several videos that was posted on TikTok last week appears to show the singer mouthing an Asian racial slur used in Tyler the Creator’s 2011 song “Fish” and imitating various accents.
Entertainment Weekly confirmed Tuesday that 20-year-old Rachel Zegler will star as Snow White in a new live-action Disney film, an upcoming adaptation of the 1937 animated Disney film. Production is expected to begin in 2022.
22-year-old television personality and conservationist Bindi Irwin announced that she is stepping away from social media to focus on her family and mental health. Irwin shared the news on Instagram, alongside a photo of herself holding Grace Warrior, her 3-month-old daughter with her husband, Chandler Powell.