The Handmaid’s Tale was the feminist dystopian drama that made headlines in 2017, plunging viewers into a world where women have been stripped of their voices, identities and control over their own bodies.
So it may have felt a little too close to the bone when Elisabeth Moss – who played titular handmaid, Offred, in the show – found herself censored during her acceptance speech for Best Actress in a Drama at Sunday night’s Emmy Awards.
When Moss stepped up to pick up her gong, she made a point of thanking Hulu, the academy, her fellow nominees, the cast, and the crew – essentially, everyone who has supported her during her years in the film industry (she has been acting since she was eight).
The also made sure to give Margaret Atwood a shout-out for penning her feminist novel all those years ago, saying: “Margaret Atwood, thank you what you did in 1985 for all of us and for what you continue to do.”
Moss then went on to single out her mother, delivering a powerful and heartfelt thank-you to the woman who raised her.
And it was at this point that the actor found herself bleeped out.
Elisabeth Moss is great. Did they just bleep a curse word, though?— Matt Zoller Seitz (@mattzollerseitz) September 18, 2017
#emmys what did they bleep Elisabeth Moss on?— kit borrelli HOUSTON (@kittysanchez) September 18, 2017
For those still wondering, Moss’ exuberant message to her mother included a curse word, which is why CBS made a point of silencing her.
“Thank-you for teaching me that you can be kind and a f**king badass,” she said – a sentiment well worth sharing, in our humble opinion.
Addressing the bleeping incident, Moss told The Hollywood Reporter: “That was the best version you could have possibly gotten of that. That was the clean version.”
She added that she swore only because her win had taken her completely by surprise, explaining: “I was just trying to remember everybody. And you really do have a weird out-of-body experience. It's always a surprise.
“It should be a surprise, otherwise you're an asshole, so there I go.”
The Handmaid’s Tale cleaned up at Sunday night's awards show, earning five honours, including best drama series and best directing for Morano.
Which means that, yeah, it’s well worth watching if you haven’t done so already. To your televisions, all of you!
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