Morgan Freeman Stirred Up A Very Important And Topical Issue At The SAG Awards

"Maybe I started something."

Hollywood's chosen voice of God, Morgan Freeman, was in rare form last night at the 2018 SAG Awards. The actor, who wore a ball cap to accept the Lifetime Achievement Award like the film icon he is, didn't go through a lengthy list of thank-yous, he called out the organization's "gender-specific" trophies.


The 80-year-old had a little banter with Rita Moreno — a beloved actress who was bestowed the same honor in 2014 — and didn't take up too much of the telecast. Before walking off the stage arm-in-arm with Moreno, Freeman brought up the statue the SAG-AFTRA hands out and seemingly joined the conversation about whether or not there should be awards given out based on gender.

"I wasn't gonna do this. I'm gonna tell you what's wrong with this statue: it works from the back. From the front, it's gender specific," the Shawshank Redemption star said, alluding to the fact that it is clearly a man based on the nether regions. Freeman, in concluding the speech and simultaneously rekindling an important discussion, flashed a grin. "Maybe I started something."

Last year we saw an uptick in the dialogue surrounding the idea of nixing the gender-specific categories at awards shows — a win for women and those who don't associate themselves with either gender. First we saw Billions star Asia Kate Dillon, who is gender non-binary, submitted themself in the supporting actor category at the Emmys in lieu of the supporting actress category, with the organization supporting their request.

Then, the 2017 TCA Awards revealed nominations for acting categories that are not gender specific, instead calling them "Individual Achievement in Drama" and "Individual Achievement in Comedy." MTV also weighed in, creating acting categories that aren't specific to gender at the Movie & TV Awards, giving the first honor to Emma Watson, and ditching the VMAs' Moonman for a Moon Person.

Freeman didn't necessarily provide much dialogue around this very important issue, but he did reignite it — and that's a good thing.

Watch Freeman's acceptance speech here:

(H/T: HuffPost)


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