Asia Kate Dillon who has been considered as the first non-binary character on TV for the portrayal of financial whiz Taylor Mason on the Showtime show Billions is nominated as the first non-binary character for the Emmy this year.
Impressed by Dillon's performance, when showtime asked Dillon if they wanted to be nominated for the best Supporting Actor or Best Supporting Actress category, Dillon reportedly chose to think on the matter so as to come up with a decision that respected their identity.
Asia Kate Dillon
Well, Dillon later came up with a logical decision questioning the gender-specific nature of their acting categories.
Talking to the Variety, Dillon said, "I’d like to know if in your eyes ‘actor’ and ‘actress’ denote anatomy or identity and why it is necessary to denote either in the first place? The reason I’m hoping to engage you in a conversation about this is because if the categories of ‘actor’ and ‘actress’ are in fact supposed to represent ‘best performance by a person who identifies as a woman’ and ‘best performance by a person who identifies as a man’ then there is no room for my identity within that award system binary"
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“Furthermore, if the categories of ‘actor’ and ‘actress’ are meant to denote assigned sex I ask, respectfully, why is that necessary?”
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Evaluating the Dillons Decision, The academy came up with a quick response and decided that “anyone can submit under either category for any reason."
Dillon later clarified, "The Academy supports anyone’s choice to do that, and the Academy is not going to do any sort of check, I found them to be 100% supportive. I really couldn’t have been happier"
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Well, Dillon's decision over the matter has lead to new rules in the Academy category which undoubtedly supports the right of every actor irrespective of their sexual identity.