The 2022 Emmy nominations were announced earlier this week and it’s been chaos ever since. The Emmy awards this year, like every year prior, shined the light on some of the best in TV and awarded them with nominations through its multiple categories. Ted Lasso, Succession, and The While Lotus led the lot with the most number of nominations. But another show also made the headlines and not all of them for the right reasons.
Pam & Tommy Gets Emmy Nods
The Hulu mini-series Pam & Tommy bagged 10 nominations across the board, with Lily James and Sebastian Stan getting nominated for the Emmy category of Outstanding Lead Actress and Actor in a Limited or Anthology Series category for the roles of Pamela Anderson and Tommy Lee in the show. It also got nominated for Outstanding Limited or Anthology series category, and Seth Rogen got an additional nomination for Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Limited or Anthology Series category.
And although the show got a lot of positive responses from fans and critics alike – there was someone who was not happy with the show from the beginning – Pamela Anderson herself.
The Hulu mini-series shed light on the non-consensual distribution of Pamela and Tommy’s stolen sex tape during the 1990s. And the irony of it is that the show itself was made without the consent of the real-life people who were the focal point of this historic crime.
Pam & Tommy faced a lot of criticism when it was revealed that the show did not take permission from Anderson for this dramatic retelling. And the actress in question felt “violated” by the unauthorized iteration of one of her most traumatic experiences in life.
People close to the actress, including Courtney Love – one of Anderson’s close friends, have spoken up, saying how traumatic it was for the Baywatch actress to relive those painful moments of her life once again because of the show.
The show’s executive producer D.V. DeVincentis previously told Variety:
“With Pamela Anderson, what I always come back to is that [she and Tommy] were doing the exact same thing. And filmed doing the exact same thing together. One of them was slut-shamed and virtually drummed out of the business and turned into an unserious person. The other was given a new act and turned into this sex god. And the only difference between these two people [was] their gender. That’s it.”
But while the show wanted to highlight the concept of misogyny and discrimination that Pamela faced, they ended up being the reason for yet another example of “history repeating itself”. And while Anderson herself has not spoken up publicly about her dissatisfaction with the show, she ended up making a statement regardless, even if it was indirect.
Pamela Anderson’s Netflix Documentary in the Making
Pamela Anderson through an Instagram post announced that she was working with Netflix on a documentary, which will tell her “real story”. In a handwritten note, she told fans:
“My life. A thousand imperfections. A million misperceptions. Wicked, wild, and lost. Nothing to live up to. I can only surprise you. Not a victim, but a survivor. And alive to tell the real story.”
But the story doesn’t end there, oh no! Further chaos ensued when the show’s male lead – Sebastian Stan tagged Anderson on an Instagram post after the show’s Emmy nominations were announced last Tuesday.
It started well, with the actor saying he was “grateful and thrilled to be a part of this EPIC PAM AND TOMMY recognition!!!” Further going on to thank his on-screen partner Lily James “for holding my hand on this journey!”, as well as others who were part of Pam & Tommy. But it was the final part of his statement that took the internet by the storm.
In a baffling turn of events, The Falcon and the Winter Soldier actor tagged both Pamela Anderson and Tommy Lee, writing:
“#PAMANDTOMMY is about a crime that took place without Consent. It was a crime of privacy, a crime of love, a crime on family, and a crime that we were ALL a culprit of, as media and audience combined, and it’s now more timely than ever. I hope this can only help continue the conversation we had hoped to bring to light, and that we can remember to re-examine our projections and our salacious attitudes not only towards @pamelaanderson and @tommylee but also towards ourselves and our exploitation of one another. SEE YOU AT THE EMMYS!!!”
Safe to say, the statement fell into some hot waters, with many netizens criticizing the actor for his callous attitude towards Anderson; especially given the actor previously admitted in a talk show of having watched the Pamela and Tommy sex tape for “research”.
The actor or his team has not made any further comments on the matter after the backlash received. But it’s safe to say, we will get to know more about it with Emmy’s not too far away, as well as with Pamela’s documentary in the making – which is rumored to be released before the end of the year.
Pam & Tommy is now streaming exclusively on Hulu.