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Last night, things seemed like they were getting back to the real normal – not just the new normal – as the highly anticipated Primetime Emmy Awards took place in Los Angeles.
The red carpet was star-studded, the outfits were seemingly more attention-grabbing and fabulous than ever, and the acceptance speeches were some of the most emotional we have ever heard.
But no acceptance speech was more powerful than Michaela Coel’s when the 33-year-old writer and actress won the award – her first-ever Primetime Emmy, may we add – in the ‘Outstanding Writing for a Limited or Anthology Series or Movie category for the sensational I May Destroy You, which she also starred in.
The hard-hitting drama which was created, written by, and co-directed by Michaela Coel features her character, Arabella, being assaulted, and was based on her own experiences. She previously said that she had her drink spiked and was attacked on a night out, during the time she was working on her sitcom, Chewing Gum.
Michaela Coel was nominated for six Emmys in total, but her ‘Outstanding Writing for a Limited or Anthology Series or Movie’ victory also means that she is the first-ever Black woman to win in that category, which makes it a true history-making win!
In her short but extremely powerful acceptance speech, the Emmy-winner said that she dedicated the award to all the survivors of sexual assault. She also urged everyone who wanted to replicate her success to “write the tale that scares you, that makes you feel uncertain, that isn’t comfortable. I dare you.”
“In a world that entices us to browse through the lives of others to help us better determine how we feel about ourselves, and to in turn feel the need to be constantly visible – for visibility, these days seems to somehow equate to success – do not be afraid to disappear from it, from us, for a while and see what comes to you in the silence,” she continued.
“I dedicate this story to every single survivor of sexual assault.”
Huge congratulations to Michaela Coel on her history-making win!
Head to the official Emmys site to check out the full list of winners and nominees.