The acclaimed FX series Pose has made TV history yet again. “Love is the Message,” the show’s sixth episode which aired the past Sunday evening, was directed by Janet Mock. While Mock has been heavily involved in the entire series, this is the first time she both wrote and directed an episode of Pose, making her the first trans woman of color to ever write and direct an episode of television.
With great humility, Mock expressed her gratitude in a tweet last Sunday. “That smile hides my nerves about being the first trans woman of color to write & direct TV,” she wrote. “We are deserving of opportunity & more than capable.”
Taken my first night on set as Director of Episode 6: LOVE IS THE MESSAGE. That smile hides my nerves about being the first trans woman of color to write & direct TV. We are deserving of opportunity & more than capable. My directorial debut airs tonight on @FXNetworks. #posefx pic.twitter.com/BgOmNyBAEn
— Janet Mock (@janetmock) July 8, 2018
A number of celebrities responded to Mock’s tweet congratulating her and noting the massive cultural barriers she's breaking.
I’m more proud of tonight's ep of POSE co-written with the extraordinary Janet Mock than almost anything I’ve ever done. Janet directed this episode with class & heart. Again she breaks down walls & barriers & makes history as the first trans woman of color to direct an ep of TV.
— Ryan Murphy (@MrRPMurphy) July 8, 2018
— Janelle Monáe, Cindi (@JanelleMonae) July 8, 2018
Get ready for the directorial debut of @janetmock. The first trans woman of color to direct an episode of television. Ep. 6 of @poseonfx is a masterpiece, co-written by Mock and @mrrpmurphy 'Love Is The Message' will have you bawling. TONIGHT on @FXNetworks at 9:00PM EST #posefx pic.twitter.com/ibbYCQIzsn
— Billy Porter (@theebillyporter) July 8, 2018
@janetmock anything you touch turns to gold. Thank you for your direction, your presence your writing and for breaking barriers in the motion picture world. @StevenCanals @MrRPMurphy thank you for making this happen. Season 2 must happen. & it Will be seasoned ferociously.
— IAM (@IndyaMoore) July 9, 2018
When searching for answers to receive reasoning, of why life has it ways of dealing with humans,wether it be happiness or sorrow, what do you do?FIND OUT TONIGHT ON @poseonfx #PoseFX 9pm easter standard time on @fxnetworks SHOUT OUT TO my sis #JANETMOCK @janetmock Are You Ready? pic.twitter.com/YqVztPwC4t
— Mj Rodriguez (@MjRodriguez7) July 8, 2018
Hey. Remember last night when the top trending topic was an episode of #PoseFX written and directed by @janetmock? And one scene was just *entirely* trans characters played by trans actors hanging out (@angelicaross @MjRodriguez7 @213Sahar @JigglyCaliente @tracelysette)? pic.twitter.com/bhdQSP5RDI
— Jen Richards (@SmartAssJen) July 9, 2018
reminder that janet mock (a black trans activist) is directing tonight’s episode of Pose on FX, a show centered around black/non white transwomen pic.twitter.com/lx8FWlihG0
— blanca evangelista warrior matty (@godlycia) July 8, 2018
I still remember @janetmock coming in between takes & grabbing my arm and being so kind and so gentle telling me I did a good job and I honestly felt so incredibly grateful and I still am. I’m so happy to have been part of her directorial debut. Keep breaking ground sis! #PoseFX
— Johnny Sibilly (@JohnnySibilly) July 9, 2018