When comely Sofia Vergara stepped onto a pedestal at the Emmys Monday night, critics couldn’t believe what they were seeing.
The “Modern Family” bombshell, wearing a snug Roberto Cavalli gown, spun slowly on that pedestal while Bruce Rosenblum, chairman and CEO of the Academy of Television Arts & Sciences, gave his annual speech about, well, something.
We never listen.
And apparently no one else heard him last night either because they were all watching the Colombian beauty rotate like a shiny convertible at a sports show.
Social media lit up.
"Always giving the viewers something compelling to watch – and incredibly sexist. And that was the head of the Academy. pathetic,” tweeted @melsil.
“Modern Family wins every award it's ever nominated for but apparently that's not enough for Sofia Vergara to be treated as more than a prop,” tweeted @samala_prosser.
Jezebel called the bit “scraping the bottom of the barrel. We have now entered the unfunny, sexist part of the program.”
Vergara had a message of her own for the critics: “Lighten up.”
“It means that somebody can be hot and also be funny and make fun of herself," she told Entertainment Weekly after the show.
"I think it's ridiculous that somebody started this — I know who she was — who has no sense of humor (and should) lighten up a little bit."