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MTV Awards go gender-neutral

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Stacy Diaz | 19 May, 2017, 06:47

2017 MTV Movie & TV Awards Press Room held at the Shrine Auditorium in Los Angeles.

Evangelist Franklin Graham lashed out on Twitter Monday night at MTV's first gender-neutral acting awards. One of the big moments for MTV (and awards shows across the board) was the first-ever roster of gender-neutral categories.

"I can't think of a better recipient than Emma Watson either, a great flagbearer to all things gender neutral".

Piers Morgan is a frequent critic of Emma Watson, and her win in the gender-neutral Best Actor in a Movie category at last night's MTV Awards has annoyed him further.

It was after Showtime wanted to nominate Asia for an Emmy Award and consequently found the binary categories of "Best Actress" and "Best Actor" too restrictive due to Asia identifying with neither of these genders that the MTV Movie & TV Awards chose to create a gender-neutral awards category. Emma also thanked Asia Kate Dillion who played the first non-binary character on TV for presenting her with the award.

For herself, Ms Dillon explains the word "actor" as a non-gendered one.

Back in 2013, Selena Golmez wore a bindi on her head for the MTV Movie Awards and was immediately asked to apologize by the Universal Society of Hinduism. She won for her performance as Belle in Beauty and the Beast, beating out Daniel Kaluuya, Hailee Steinfeld, Taraji P. Henson, Hugh Jackman, and James McAvoy. "Thank you so much", Watson added.

Disney's live-action fairytale "Beauty and the Beast" won Best Movie and director Bill Condon thanked the female audience, saying "women have proven that they are huge and powerful audience and it's going to change the movie business". Giving a candid insight into her views, not only as a feminist, but as a humanitarian, the beauty also made it absolutely clear that she stands by anyone, regardless of sex, sexuality, colour or creed, if they want to hone their craft, she will support them. But to me, it indicates that acting is about the ability to put yourself in someone else's shoes.

She continued: 'Empathy and the ability to use your imagination should have no limits'.

"This award is bigger than Jharrel and I", Sanders said.

"So actually by trying to get equality, you end up with more inequality".