Transparent creator Jill Soloway made a powerful statement when she accepted the Emmy for best directing for a comedy series on Sunday night.
“[Directing] is a privilege and it also creates privilege when you take women women, people of color, trans people, queer people and you put them at the center of a story, the subjects instead of the objects,” she said when accepting the award.
Soloway, who also won in the same category last year, called Transparent a “revolution” and thanked the trans community for their “lived lives.” “We need to stop violence against trans women,” Soloway said, before launching into an instantly iconic line: “Topple the patriarchy! Topple the patriarchy!”
Amazon’s Transparent follows Mort (Jeffrey Tambor) as he transitions to the female Maura and how her decisions ripple throughout one family in Los Angeles. Tambor, who won an Emmy for the role in 2015, also picked up a statue on Sunday for best actor in a comedy series.
Read her full speech below.
People ask me if its hard to be a director and I say no, life is very hard. Being a good partner, being a good mother, being a good person is hard. Being a good person is so f—ing easy. I get to make my dreams come true. It’s a privilege and it also creates privilege when you take women, people of color, trans people, queer people and you put them at the center of a story, the subjects instead of the objects, you change the world we found out. We found out! I want to thank you my sweet Jeff Bezos. You invited me to do this thing that these people call television but I call a revolution. I’ve always wanted to be part of a movement, the civil rights movement, the feminist movement. This TV show allows me to take my dreams about unlikeable Jewish people, queer folk, trans folk and make them the heroes. Thank you to the trans community for your lived lives. We need to stop stop violence against trans women. Topple the patriarchy! Topple the patriarchy!