The nominations for the 50th Annual NAACP Image Awards were announced, and Twitter has sounded off. Many are also scratching their heads at one glaring omission.
Pose, the groundbreaking period drama featuring the largest transgender cast ever for a scripted series, did not earn a single nomination. The FX drama, which has been the subject of commercial and critical acclaim, did not receive a nomination for Outstanding Drama Series. Also, Billy Porter, MJ Rodriguez and Indya Moore weren’t nominated in the acting categories, despite widespread and well-earned acclaim surrounding their performances.
Janet Mock, a transgender activist who serves as a writer, director and producer on Pose, expressed her disappointment at the show’s omission from the NAACP nomination list on Twitter.
I, too, am disappointed that our own refuses to truly see us, largely I assume, b/c we are as unapologetically trans & queer as we are black. Respectability politics won’t save us. We good, though, writing another season centering ourselves like no series has done before. #PoseFX
— Janet Mock (@janetmock) February 14, 2019
Mock was not alone in her disappointment in Pose’s glaring omission.
Very disappointed that I don’t see a single nomination for POSE. Awards frustrate me. The white ones are too white and the black ones are too cishet. https://t.co/ahMKMICwYb
— Son of Baldwin (@SonofBaldwin) February 13, 2019
Nonetheless, the critical and commercial acclaim of Pose speaks for itself. FX has renewed the show for a second season, slated to air sometime in 2019.