Michaela Coel dedicates her Emmy award for 'I May Destroy You' to survivors of sexual assault

written by Ritika Nath | September 21, 2021

Michaela Coel has been awarded with Emmys 2021 for best writing for the limited series 'I May Destroy You'. 

She dedicated her to the survivors of sexual assault in her acceptance speech. “I dedicate this story to every single sexual assault survivor,” says Michaela in her speech.

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Coel was nominated for three other awards for her work on the series, including producing, directing, and acting.

The show was nominated for awards in categories such as contemporary costumes, music supervision, casting for a limited series, directing for a limited series (twice), supporting actor in a limited series (Paapa Essiedu), and limited series.

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She further stated, “I just wrote a little something for writers really. Write the title that scares you, that makes you feel uncertain, that isn’t comfortable. I dare you 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 fill the need to be constantly visible.”

She went on to say, "...For visibility these days seems to equate to success." Don't be afraid to step away from it, from us, for a while and see what comes to you in the silence.”

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In addition to writing, the British actor created, co-directed, produced, and starred in the show. I May Destroy You follows the journey of a person's identity while dealing with issues such as consent and sexual assault. The main character is based on Coel's life, who herself is a rape victim.

 

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