'Too woke?' British Soap Awards axe male and female acting gongs to become gender neutral

'Too woke?' British Soap Awards axe male and female acting gongs to become gender neutral

‘It’s woke nonsense!’ GMB viewers slam British Soap Awards’ decision to axe best actor and best actress categories in favour of gender neutral gongs – as journalist insists it will ‘hurt women’

  • The British Soap Awards have introduced new gender neutral categories
  • Journalist Rebecca Reid says the categories are unfair on women
  • While broadcaster India Willoughby says ‘inclusivity’ is important
  • Viewers believe it is ‘more woke nonsense’ while others are left divided 

The British Soap Awards’ decision to axe the best actress and best actor categories in favour of gender neutral awards will ‘hurt women’, a journalist claimed in a heated Good Morning Britain debate. 

London-based journalist Rebecca Reid appeared on Good Morning Britain today alongside broadcaster India Willoughby, and insisted the move would come at a detriment to women, who are already underrepresented in the industry. 

It comes after it was reported that the awards show, which will be broadcast on ITV this June after a two-year absence due to Covid, will scrap its traditional Best Actor and Best Actor awards and have a Best Leading Performer award. 

London -based journalist Rebecca Reid (pictured) appeared on Good Morning Britain today alongside broadcaster India Willoughby, and insisted the move would come at a detriment to women, who are already underrepresented in the industry 

Presenter India Willoughby (pictured) insisted 'inclusivity' is important and argued the British Soap Awards are simply being progressive

Presenter India Willoughby (pictured) insisted ‘inclusivity’ is important and argued the British Soap Awards are simply being progressive

The move follows The Brits which scrapped gender classifications this year, with Adele beating Ed Sheeran to Artist of the Year.

However Reid argued the industry needed distinct categories in order to ‘build women up’ and give an opportunity to reward their efforts. 

Her view was echoed by dozens of viewers who branded the decision ‘woke nonsense’.  

Some argue gender neutral awards are a way to be more inclusive towards non-binary actors, but Reid noted they make up such a small percentage of the industry that it could be a case of ‘overreacting’. 

Speaking to Kate Garraway and her co-host Adil Ray, Rebecca said that women are ‘already under represented in the industry’.

 Rebecca admitted even though ‘it would be better if women where on an equal playing fields with their male counter parts’ she understands that’s not the case in a lot of industries.

Speaking to Kate Garraway and her co-host Adil Ray, Rebecca said that women are 'already under represented in the industry' and she see's the move as an 'over correction'

Speaking to Kate Garraway and her co-host Adil Ray, Rebecca said that women are ‘already under represented in the industry’ and she see’s the move as an ‘over correction’

Revealing women generally win ‘fewer awards’ and ‘older women are at a disadvantage’ particularly in music and performing arts.

Stating in the history of music only ‘five women over the age of 40 have had a number one hits.’

Rebecca claimed the industry needs the categories as a chance to ‘build women up.’

She went on to clarify that she is not talking about trans people because ‘trans women would be judged as a women and a trans man would be judged as a man’. 

She added: ‘What we are talking about is non-binary people who are at best 0.4% of the population, so a tiny number of people. What we are seeing here is a bit of an over correction.

‘The reality is almost half the people are women, and only less than 1% of people are non-binary, so we are correcting to include a small amount of people.’ 

However India argued non-binary people shouldn’t be forced into male or female award categories.

While India made the point that the awards are simply ‘moving with the times.’

The broadcaster believes it’s good that the awards are ‘being inclusive’ and non-binary people shouldn’t be forced into male or female award categories.

India believes the new change wont affect women negatively because ’70 per cent of British Soap Award gongs over the last 25 years have gone to women.’ 

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Viewers weren't impressed and were left divided on social media with one person saying 'more woke nonsense'

Viewers weren’t impressed and were left divided on social media with one person saying ‘more woke nonsense’

Viewers weren’t impressed and were left divided on social media with one person saying: ‘what’s the need in changing the names of the categories… who was getting offended by it?? world’s gone nuts.’

Another said: ‘More woke nonsense. There are actors and actresses. Even transgender or just the confused maintain they are one or the other. Worlds gone nuts.’

While another person argued: ‘We need categories, as different types of performances are better when performed by either male or female, LGBT performers still fall into one of these groups, and you can identify as anything you want, but you still fall into one or the other biological groups.’ 

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Ellen Coughlan

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