Actress Regina King, noted for her breakout role as Brenda in popular ‘80s sitcom “227,” recently wrote an open letter to the Huffington Post about the 62nd Annual Prime Time Emmy awards. In the fiery letter, King slammed the Emmys for printing images of another Black actress with the caption, “Regina King enters the 62nd Emmys.”
Making matters worse, King, 39, did not attend the popular awards show this year.
“I try hard in my daily life not to engage in uncomfortable situations regarding race,” King wrote. “Up to and including this year, there have been only 53 non-white actors nominated for Emmys out of nearly 1,000 possible nominations in the top four acting categories for drama and comedy.
“… That statistic is quite sobering to me. And to add injury to my already sensitive nerve endings a picture of Rutina Wesley from ‘True Blood,’ who attended this year’s Emmys, had a caption that read: ‘Regina King enters the 62nd Emmys.’ No, I wasn’t there. Mistakes happen, right?”
King went on to reprimand the Emmys showcase for omitting actress Alaina Reed – another “227” actress – who died earlier this year in their list of notable deaths.