Spinning Sofia Vergara Causes Controversy Among Emmy Viewers
By Jackie Willis
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.
Whose side are you on?
Prior to causing controversy, Vergara revealed why she didn't bring her new man Joe Manganiello to the Emmys.