Mae’s comedy series Feel Good launched on Channel 4 in 2020 (Channel 4/Getty)
Mae Martin has responded to their Bafta nomination for female performance, emphasising that ‘gender is a construct’.
The nominations for the Virgin Media British Academy Television Awards and British Academy Television Craft Awards have been announced, with Sir Steve McQueen’s anthology Small Axe bagging an incredible 15 nods.
Mae was nominated for female performance in a comedy programme for Feel Good, a Channel 4 show they co-created, wrote and starred in.
Following the announcement, the Canadian-born comedian celebrated the recognition on Twitter and Instagram, writing in their Instagram caption: ‘Wowowow. Thanks so much @BAFTA this is beyond thrilling.
‘THANK YOU to Joe Hampson and Objective Fiction and Charlotte Ritchie and @allypankiw all the other supportive patient angelic people who helped make this show, this nom is very much theirs.’
They concluded the caption by writing: ‘Ps gender is a construct,’ alongside an upside-down smiley face emoji.
Earlier this month, Mae announced in an Instagram post that they are non-binary.
They wrote: ‘I’m nonbinary, my pronouns are they/them and she/her (I love it when people say “they” and I really don’t mind “she” at ALL, truly).’
Mae added that they are bisexual and ‘attracted to people of all genders’, stating: ‘I experience gender dysphoria sometimes – not always! – and have done since I was a tiny kid.’
The performer outlined that they are ‘often inaccurately referred to as a female comedian or a lesbian comedian’, which is why they wanted to ‘clarify’.
Following the announcement of Mae’s Bafta nomination, several people applauded them on the nod.
‘This show, honestly, was one of the most beautiful things I’ve seen. So so well deserved! Non-Binary representation at awards is wonderful and you should be extremely proud of yourself for being that! Awarding bodies just need to catch up with how to categorise!!!’ one person tweeted.
‘WHAATTT omg this is incredible !!! So happy for you, you deserve it so much,’ another commented.
Mae has been nominated in the category alongside Aimee Lou Wood for Sex Education, Daisy Haggard for Breeders, Daisy May Cooper for This Country, Emma Mackey for Sex Education and Gbemisola Ikumelo for Famalam.
In March this year, Sam Smith spoke out against the Brit Awards for keeping gendered categories.
The singer, who came out as non-binary in 2019 and uses they/them pronouns, said in a statement: ‘I look forward to a time where awards shows can be reflective of the society we live in. Let’s celebrate everybody, regardless of gender, race, age, ability, sexuality and class.’
Feel Good is available to watch on All4.
The Virgin Media British Academy Television Awards ceremony takes place on Sunday 6 June on BBC One and BBC One HD, and the British Academy Television Craft Awards will be streamed on BAFTA’s social channels on Monday 24 May.