Regina King accepted an Emmy for Best Actress in a Limited Series for her role in HBO’s Watchmen yesterday while wearing a Breonna Taylor shirt. Though she wore a matching pink suit over it, the shirt had an image of Taylor’s face with the words “say her name” emblazoned above King’s chest.
“The cops still haven’t been held accountable,” King explained her choice. “She represents decades, hundreds of years of violence against Black bodies, Breonna Taylor does, and wearing Breonna’s likeness—representing her and her family and the stories that we were exploring, that we were presenting, that we were holding a mirror up to in Watchmen—it felt appropriate to represent with Breonna Taylor.”
The shirt called attention back to the current resurgence of the Black Lives Matter movement, and matched that of fellow Emmy winner Uzo Aduba, who wore a black top emblazoned only with the name “Breonna Taylor” in gold calligraphy. It also caught the eyes of Twitter users immediately, who took to the site to post in King’s praise.
“I loved being a Black girl, I love being a Black woman, I love being American, and it’s important for people to see all of those things together. And when you have a platform to celebrate that and remind those who tend to look past Black girls, Black women, and you have the opportunity to celebrate, you take it, you seize it. When I saw my sister Uzo had on the same shirt, it was a confirmation that this was right,” King said.