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'Scandal,' 'Girls' stars help TV Academy celebrate LGBT characters in primetime

Primetime television has come a long way since 1972, when the ABC sitcom The Corner Bar became the first show on American television to feature a recurring gay character. Last night, the Academy of Television Arts & Sciences hosted a panel to honor the many accomplishments of the LGBT community in primetime television since that time and discuss the many steps still needed for complete equality both on and off screen.

The event, “10 Years After The Prime Time Closet — A History of Gays and Lesbians on TV,” was moderated by author Stephan Tropiano, whose book chronicles LGBT characters in television history, but noted that so much had already changed since he first published the book a decade ago and why he had the idea for the event. The panel included Dan Bucatinsky (Scandal), Laverne Cox (Orange Is the New Black), Wilson Cruz (My So-Called Life), Paul Colichman (CEO, Here Media), Christy Dees (VP Development for Bravo), Andrew Rannells (Girls, The New Normal), Sherri Saum (The Fosters), and Amber Tamblyn (Two and a Half Men) all discussing their personal experiences and the strides already made in the LGBT community in television programming and beyond.
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'Orange Is the New Black' star Laverne Cox on Julianne Hough's blackface costume: 'She doesn't seem to understand'

With Halloween fast approaching, talk of Julianne Hough’s offensive blackface costume isn’t slowing down. At last night’s TV Academy event celebrating LGBT characters, Orange Is the New Black star Laverne Cox told EW her thoughts about the actress’ blunder.

“I think it’s great she likes our show,” Cox said. “Crazy Eyes is my favorite character besides mine too. But it’s really interesting that she doesn’t seem to understand. It’s historically tricky in this country to re-create blackface. I’m not opposed to someone having their form of expression, but she seemed to be completely unaware of the historical implications going in, and I think that’s problematic. If you want to make a choice like that, I think it’s important to understand the historical context you are walking into.”

Although Hough’s outfit is receiving negative attention, Cox is enjoying seeing other fans dressing up for the holiday as characters from the hit Netflix show, which is currently filming its second season in New York. “It’s so amazingly flattering. I don’t know if that’s a sign that you’ve made it, but it’s wonderful.”

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