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Sofia Vergara tells critics to ‘lighten up’ about ‘sexist’ Emmys pedestal stunt

Sofia Vergara was put on a pedestal –literally—at Monday night’s 66th Annual Emmy Awards, but the “Modern Family” star found herself on the defense after critics called the stunt sexist.

LOS ANGELES, CA - AUGUST 25: Actress Sofia Vergara (L) and Television Academy CEO Bruce Rosenblum speak onstage at the 66th Annual Primetime Emmy Awards held at Nokia Theatre L.A. Live on August 25, 2014 in Los Angeles, California.
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The actress showed off her curves in a slinky white gown while standing on a rotating pedestal, providing ample eye candy as president of the Academy of Television Arts & Sciences Bruce Rosenblum delivered his predictably dull annual Emmys speech. After showing off her best assets as Rosenblum droned on, Vergara stepped of the platform and feigned dizziness: “That’s why I stopped doing the car shows!” she joked.

But after a series of news sites slammed the Colombian actress for the gag, she fired back with an accusatory statement. On Tuesday, Entertainment Weekly reported that Vergara said her act was not sexist and she even pointed a finger at an uptight critic.

“I think it’s absolutely the opposite,” she said. “It means that somebody can be hot and also be funny and make fun of herself. 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.”

The Huffington Post posted a list of social media slams aimed at Vergara’s stunt, and noted that an Emmys spokesperson has not yet commented on the backlash. But who is the “she” that Vergara is referring to when she says “lighten up?” The actress hasn’t revealed the name of her uptight critic.

While the incident could have put a damper on Vergara’s evening, she had reason to celebrate later. Her ABC sitcom, “Modern Family,” won the Emmy for Best Comedy Series the fifth time in a row on Monday night, tying NBC’s “Frasier” for the all-time most wins in the category.

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