The biggest star of the 2016 Emmys was Donald Trump. Well, he was the most talked about, anyway. The award program showcased the inflexible opinions about Trump rather than the diverse art of the television industry. Host Jimmy Kimmel began his opening monolog with a few lighthearted jokes; but quickly got the hostility-ball rolling with remarks such as, "Television brings people together, but television can also tear us apart. I mean, if it wasn’t for television would Donald Trump be running for president? No. He would be at home right now quietly rubbing up against his wife 'Malaria' while she pretends to be asleep." He went on to say that television producer Mark Burnett was to blame for Trump running because of the show The Apprentice. "Thanks to Mark Burnett, we don’t have to watch reality shows anymore because we’re living in one," he went on, "Thank you for coming all the way from England to tear us all apart . . . who do you have lined up to sit on the Supreme Court? Miley Cyrus or CeeLo?"
Kimmel's final jab to Burnett dealt with the Achilles' heel of the Left—the wall. "I'm going on the record right now; he's responsible—if Donald Trump gets elected and he builds that wall, the first person we're throwing over it is Mark Burnett," there was loud laughter and applause from the audience, and Kimmel added, "The tribe has spoken." The host ended his opening remarks with, "Alright, are we ready to make the Emmys great again?" An obvious reference to Trump's campaign slogan: Make America Great Again.
Just Thank The Academy
A number of award winners morphed into champagne socialists, using their allotted stage time to disparage and complain about Trump rather than thank the fans and folks who helped or voted for them. Pampered actors, wearing designer garb and borrowed jewelry costing more than what the average American worker earns in a month, lamented about the ills and evils of Trump. Julia Louis-Dreyfus, winning the Emmy for Best Actress, quipped, "I'd like to take the opportunity to apologize for the current political climate. I think Veep has torn down the wall between comedy and politics. Our show started out as a politic
al satire, but now it feels more like a sobering documentary. So I certainly do promise to rebuild that wall and make Mexico pay for it."
Actor Aziz Ansari joked about being a Trump supporter and then or
dered all Muslims and Hispanics out of the Emmy ceremony. He also made a joke about actress America Ferrera, who is Latin, saying her first name wasn't fooling anyone. For her part, Ferrera, who in 2015 acrimoniously wrote an open letter to Trump regarding his remarks about building a wall on the border of California and Mexico, sarcastically thanking him for his "incredibly ignorant and racist" remarks, and claiming his remarks would send more Latinos to the polls to vote (against him), she joked that we would next be supporting Project Runway host Tim Gunn in 2020.
Actor Courtney B. Vance, who won an Emmy for his portrayal of defense attorney Johnny Cochran in the miniseries The People v. O.J. Simpson, tried to take advantage of the remaining moments of his speech by shouting, "Obama out . . . " But the second part of his sentence, ". . . Hillary in!" was drowned out by the orchestra music. Thanks, John Mayer (who played with the Emmy band).
The chattering classes got plenty of airtime, including Jill Soloway, who, after winning an Emmy for directing the episode Man on Land in the series Transparent, said, ". . . being a good person is hard . . . when you take people of color, women, trans people, queer people, as the subjects of stories, you change the world . . . This TV show allows me to take my dreams about 'unlikable' Jewish people, queer folk, trans folk, and make them heroes. Thank you to the trans community. Topple the patriarchy!"
Backstage, Soloway took the opportunity to voice one of the most biting and caustic opinions of the evening, "Jews were 'other-ized' in Nazi Germany to gain political power for Hitler, and right now Donald Trump is doing the same thing." She went on, ". . . He needs to be called out at every chance he gets for being one of the most dangerous monsters to ever approach our lifetimes. He's a complete dangerous monster, and any moment that I have to call Trump out for being an inheritor to Hitler, I will."
With all the growling about Trump, you'd think Hollywood was full of hate-filled celebrities—but all you have to do to change their mood is say the name Hillary Clinton. When actress Kate McKinnon, who plays Clinton on Saturday Night Live, won her Emmy she actually thanked Mrs. Clinton.
Not one joke was made about Clinton's email issues, Benghazi, her health, the Clinton Foundation scandals, etc. No, instead we get enthusiastic shouts of, "Hillary in!"
Between Two Ferns
The Left's Golden Girl takes a few softball jabs from Zach Galifianakis on "Between Two Ferns With: Hillary Clinton." — But, it's all in fun.
America vs. Hollywood
So, what was going on in America while Hollywood was participating in a hate-fest of Donald Trump? Twenty-nine people were injured when a homemade bomb exploded in New York. Pipe bombs were found near the train station in Elizabeth, New Jersey, and an explosive device was found in Seaside, New Jersey. Also, a person claiming to be a "soldier of the Islamic state" stabbed nine people at a Minnesota mall the Saturday before the Emmys.
Hollywood is fiddling while America is burning.
I predict next year, after the names of all the Emmy winners are forgotten, the two things most folks will remember from the 2016 Emmy Awards will be the celebration of a miniseries about OJ Simpson, and the disdain for Donald Trump and abhorrence over a potential Trump presidency.
It's pretty ironic when you think about it; Hollywood is allegedly very upset over a wall that Trump wants to build to protect the American border—they say that's "racist." But, those same folks live in gated communities with some of the largest walls you’ll find to protect their mansions. Here's what their walls say about them—hypocrisy. Hollywood elites also need cheap labor to clean their homes, take care of their lawns and gardens, and watch their children.
Jimmy Kimmel joked that in Hollywood, "the only thing we value more than diversity is congratulating ourselves on how much we value diversity." That was the most truthful statement of the night.
There was one thing I liked about the 2016 Emmy Award telecast—the skit where Kimmel and talk show host James Corden danced and lip sang to 80’s group Wham’s Jitterbug, “Wake me up before you go, go . . .”—Wake up, folks; Hollywood is being disingenuous.
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