Sofia Vergara spoke out against claims that her pedestal bit was sexist.
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Not so fast! Some viewers of the 2014 Emmy Awards complained about a supposedly “sexist” stunt involving Sofia Vergara, but the Modern Family star herself hit back at the critics, calling the claims “ridiculous.”
Vergara, 42, had a moment in the spotlight during the awards show
inside Los Angeles’ Nokia Theatre on Monday, Aug. 25. She took the stage
for a segment with Bruce Rosenblum, President of the
Academy of Television Arts and Sciences, who made a less-than-exciting
speech while the focus was on the buxom actress, who was placed in her
body-hugging Roberto Cavalli gown on a spinning pedestal.
As Rosenblum joked about giving the viewers “something compelling to
look at,” many viewers took to Twitter to speak out against the
objectification of Vergara, calling the bit “sexist.”
“I think it’s absolutely the opposite,” Vergara told Us Weekly
following the backlash. “It means that somebody can be hot and also be
funny and make fun of herself and enjoy and work and make money. So I
absolutely think it’s ridiculous and somebody who started — and I know
who she was — has no sense of humor and should lighten up a little bit.”
Controversy aside, it was largely a positive night for Vergara and the Modern Family
cast, as the ABC show took home major awards including its fifth nod
for Outstanding Comedy Series, Outstanding Directing for a Comedy
Series, and Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Comedy Series for Ty Burrell.
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