The 'Transparent' creator made a powerful statement while accepting the award for best directing in a comedy series

By Jessica Goodman
Updated September 18, 2016 at 12:00 PM EDT
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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.

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Transparent

This half-hour drama by Jill Soloway follows the lives of the Pfefferman family, where nothing is as it seems.
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