VMAs Moonman Goes Gender Neutral + ‘TRL’ Is Back
MTV is completely doing away with gender at this year’s VMAs (Video Music Awards).
First, they dropped gender specific categories like “Best Female” and “Best Male” to make it the “Best” whoever.
Now, they’ve gone a step further to erase gender by making their signature Moonman award the “Moon Person” award.
Via Rolling Stone:
“Why should it be a man?” MTV president Chris McCarthy told theNew York Times. “It could be a man, it could be a woman, it could be transgender, it could be nonconformist.”
The move comes after MTV eliminated gender-specific categories at both their refurbished MTV Movie & TV Awards and the upcoming Video Music Awards; the network replaced Best Male Video and Best Female Video with the new Artist of the Year award.
At the MTV Movie & TV Awards, the Best Actor in a Show and Best Actor in a Movie categories included both male and female nominees, with Stranger Things‘ Millie Bobby Brown and Beauty and the Beast‘s Emma Watson winning the awards.
“The first acting award in history that doesn’t separate nominees based on their sex says something about how we perceive the human experience,” Watson said during her acceptance speech. “Acting is about the ability to put yourself into someone else’s shoes – and that doesn’t have to be separated into two different categories.”
In other MTV news, the return of “Total Request Live” is officially happening.
TRL will officially return to the network’s studio overlooking Times Square in October, with a rotating cast of five co-hosts replacing stalwart Carson Daly. The show will air daily for an hour, but McCarthy hopes the program expands to two or three hours as it finds its footing.