MTV’s VMA Moon Man Is Now Gender Neutral

By Sarah Carroll

MTV’s iconic Moon Man trophy has a brand new name…Moon Person.

It’s the latest push by the cable television network to encourage gender equality.

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In a recent interview with the New York Times, MTV’s president Chris McCarthy explained, “Why should it be a man? It could be a man, it could be a woman, it could be transgender, it could be nonconformist.”

News of the Moon Person relaunch comes just a week after the VMA’s announced it is doing away with gender-specific categories like Best Female Video and Best Male Video. Instead, the awards show has created a new category — Artist of the Year.

Earlier this year, MTV also made its Movie Awards categories gender neutral.

The 2017 MTV Video Music Awards will air live from The Forum in Inglewood, Calif. on Sunday, August 27.

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