Meet MTV’s Moon Per­son

Los Angeles Times - - CALENDAR - — Emily Mae Cza­chor

MTV’s Moon­man tro­phy, which is handed out at the Video Mu­sic Awards, has been dis­con­tin­ued. From now on, the metal­lic fig­urine will go by “Moon Per­son” in­stead.

“Why should it be a man?” MTV Pres­i­dent Chris McCarthy re­cently told the New York Times. “It could be a man, it could be a woman, it could be trans­gen­der, it could be non­con­formist.”

The move is MTV’s lat­est ef­fort to do away with gen­der norms dur­ing its awards pro­ceed­ings. The network elim­i­nated gen­der-spe­cific cat­e­gories at its MTV Movie & TV Awards ear­lier this year, where all nom­i­nees were placed in neu­tral cat­e­gories.

The VMAs will broad­cast from the Fo­rum in In­gle­wood on Aug. 27.

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