QTD Michaela Coel

September 20, 2021
"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."

Michaela Coel won her first Emmy Award for Outstanding Writing For A Limited Or Anthology Series Or Movie for her role as creator, star, writer, and co-director of the 12-episode drama series, I May Destroy You (HBO-BBC) – she’s the first black woman to win an Emmy in this category. Coel’s series is based off her experience of sexual assault. She acknowledged and encouraged other writers in her speech, saying: “Write the tale that scares you, that makes you feel uncertain, that isn’t comfortable.” Coel dedicated the award “to every single survivor of sexual assault.”

73rd Annual Emmy Awards – Michaela Coel wins Emmy for “Outstanding Writing For A Limited Or Anthology Series Or Movie”

Watch Michaela Coel’s Acceptance Speech HERE

Read Michaela Coel’s Powerful Emmy Acceptance Speech For ‘I May Destroy You’ (ELLE)

Michaela Coel: Writing about my sexual assault was ‘cathartic’ (BBC)

The Quietest Speech Was The Loudest (The Atlantic)

‘I May Destroy You’ Is HBO’s New Unforgettable, Unmissable Drama (NPR)

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