The Emmys spin on addressing the past and current issues in the prison system seemed to be a hot ticket conversation of the night.
The first address of the night regarding the Prison System was about the Central Park Five. This was a story addressing the 5 wrongly convicted black and hispanic teenagers who were from Harlem. These young boys ranging from ages 14-16 were wrongly convicted of a beat and rape within central park of a white woman.
Jharrel Jerome, 21, shares his glory of winning an Emmy and addresses the importance of realizing that the Central Park 5 were in attendance.
Jerome dedicated his Emmy to the five men — Wise, Kevin Richardson, Antron McCray, Yusef Salaam and Raymond Santana — who were seen on camera cheering, saluting and giving a standing ovation to the actor from the audience.
The Emmys allowing a story like this to be shown but also just talking about it brings a great amount of public attention to the issues within the prison system.
These 5 men who were wrongfully convicted now get to live a normal life. Only because Matias Reyes confessed to the rape and assault of Meili.
New York withdrew all charges and allowed these 5 men to go free of any further chargers. These men are now experiencing once in a lifetime oppurtunities and letting their story be heard, all while wearing designer suits.
On a lighter note, the second address of the night regarding the prison was Felicity Sanders.
The joke of the night was, Is Sanders watching from behind bars?
“The producers asked me to give a special shout-out to any of our previous lead actress winners who are watching tonight from prison,” Lennon said, while throwing to commercial. “Hopefully those two weeks are going to fly right by. Keep your chin up.”
Sanders certainly was not recognized in the lime light during this big night.
The controversy has continued with the sentencing of Felicity Sanders, yet she’s going to be spending the next 2 weeks behind bars.