There was a bit of a Twitter uproar during Monday night's Emmy broadcast when Sofia Vergara was asked to simply stand onstage quietly, and spin.
Meant as a silly bit to make light of how people may tune out during the president of the Academy of Television Arts & Sciences Bruce Rosenblum's speech, the Modern Family vixen was placed on a rotating pedestal as Rosenblum addressed the audience. "We never forget that our success is based on always giving the viewer something compelling to watch," he said with a wink.
Many viewers found the spinning Sofia joke to objectify women on a night when 29 percent of the nominees were female.
One person who didn't find it offensive was the actress herself. "I think it's absolutely the opposite," the 42-year-old told reporters. "It means someone 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 this, and I know who she was, has no sense of humor and should lighten up a little bit!"
Here's a few Twitter responses to the Emmy moment that stirred strong points of view on both sides.
I love @SofiaVergara but did anyone find that schtick somewhat offensive?— Katie Couric (@katiecouric) August 26, 2014
Sofia Vergara objectified on stage by president of an awards show that has only twice awarded a Latina woman with an acting award #Emmys— Imran Siddiquee (@imransiddiquee) August 26, 2014
I am bothered that everyone crying over the objectification of Sofia Vergara forgot she HAS the agency to step on that pedestal. #emmys— cristina lópez g. (@crislopezg) August 26, 2014
I feel like Sofia vergara should just always be on a rotating pedestal. If I looked like her I would just be on one 24/7. Sexism be damned— no one (@jjjessicuh) August 26, 2014
Is this just a bit about Sofia Vergara's body? Unsubscribe.— Margaret Lyons (@margeincharge) August 26, 2014
Dear @SofiaVergara: I'm sorry that feminists found you loathsome last night, but embrace sex simulation and stripper poles as breathtaking— Chet Cannon (@Chet_Cannon) August 26, 2014
How was that Sofia Vergara bit NOT sexist? Depressing it's even up for debate.— Lee-Anne Goodman (@leeanne25) August 26, 2014
Too bad @SofiaVergara refuses to acknowledge that she was used as a sexist prop. She's never gonna b taken seriously, bc she buys into it— Anniemated (@ana_belen22) August 26, 2014
Whose side are you on?
Prior to causing controversy, Vergara revealed why she didn't bring her new man Joe Manganiello to the Emmys.