Michaela Coel’s powerful Emmys speech was dedicated to sexual assault survivors

Michaela Coel’s powerful Emmys speech was dedicated to sexual assault survivors
The 33-year-old British actor won Emmy for Best Writing for BBC/HBO limited series

Michaela Coel spoke directly to screenplay writers while accepting the 2021 Emmy for Best Writing for the critically-acclaimed BBC/HBO limited series Ek mag jou vernietig.

In a 48-second speech, Coel encouraged writers to wade through murky waters in search of their truth, and sit comfortably with discomfort.

She also dedicated her win to victims of sexual assault across the world.

“Write the tale that scares you, that makes you feel uncertain, that isn’t comfortable,” the 33-year-old actor and writer said.

Sy het bygevoeg: “I dare you — in a world that entices us to browse through the lives of others to help us better determine how we feel about ourselves, and to in turn feel the need to be constantly visible, for visibility these days seems to somehow equate to success — do not be afraid to disappear from it, from us for a while, and see what comes to you in the silence.”

Ek mag jou vernietig follows a young British writer (played by Coel) grappling with questions of identity and consent, in the aftermath of her rape. Besides writing, co-directing and starring in Ek mag jou vernietig, Coel was also executive producer for the show, which is loosely based on her own experiences.

Coel had previously revealed she was assaulted while creating her Channel 4 reeks Chewing Gum. In an interview last year, sy het vertel ELLE UK that she still struggles to process what happened to her.

In that interview, Coel also discussed forgiveness, empathy and a legal system that empowers victims.

​​“I think [oor] what happened to me. It’s really horrible and f***ed up, and to automatically feel angry, hartseer, revengeful, those are good things,” she had said. “And I think the final is empathy. But then there’s also things like the law and we need both of those things.”

Vroeër die jaar, Coel announced that she had been cast in die 2018 Black Panther sequel, Black Panther: Wakanda Forever. Die Ryan Coogler film is set to release next year.

If you have been raped or sexually assaulted, you can contact your nearest Rape Crisis organisation for specialist, independent and confidential support. For more information, visit their website hier.

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