Michaela Cole’s inspiring call to ‘disappear

The 73rd Primetime Emmy Awards aired Monday morning, our time.

Some of the nominees we were rooting for didn’t get an award, such as our very own Trevor Noah for the Daily Show or South African-born actress Thuso Mbedu, who had Oprah Winfrey gushing about her performance in the widely acclaimed The Underground Railroad. 

But we were thrilled at Michaela Coel’s win for Outstanding Writing for a Limited or Anthology Series or Movie for her HBO drama, “I May Destroy You,” after she was snubbed at the Golden Globes. Cole wrote, directed and starred in the searingly honest and deeply thought-out take on her own experience of sexual assault. She is the first black woman to collect the award. 💪🏽

She did so in a beautiful fluorescent yellow two-piece, and dedicated the series to every single survivor of sexual assault. 

We absolutely love this quote, directed at other writers, from her speech: “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.” 🤩

This article appeared as part of The Wrap, 23 September 2021. Sign up to receive our weekly updates.