And the Emmy Goes To…


Sandra Parker

Emmy Statue

Way back in February, the Academy Awards had their chance to poke fun at the administration and still give out awards to people who do meaningful work in the film industry. The Emmy Awards, however, went much further with the Trump slamming, and it was thanks to the host of the awards, Stephen Colbert.

Since Trump became president, Colbert has been the go to man for Trump bashing at its best earlier this year. After Trump insulted the host of the Sunday politics/news program, Face the Nation, Colbert went on a rant that ended with him saying the only thing Donald Trump’s mouth is good for is being Vladimir Putin’s co– holster. Despite the controversy that came out of that incident Colbert has enjoyed a great deal of success hosting The Late Show since the departure of David Letterman. 

It came as no surprise when Colbert began talking about the Trump administration in his opening monologue for the awards this year. However, the monologue ended with an impromptu appearance from former White House Press Secretary, Sean Spicer. The cameras filming the awards did the right thing, and immediately panned to Melissa McCarthy’s face for a reaction since she appeared on Saturday Night Live as him several times.

However, the internet had a much different reaction and felt that Spicer was making this appearance so we could try to “normalize” him. Nothing about him will be normal after the way we saw him treat reporters, and that is an image that will; be ingrained in the back of people’s minds for a while, but we can all enjoy a laugh at what he did. If we can’t laugh at this, can we laugh at Anna Chlumsky’s face when he came onto the stage.

Stars from all reaches of the fame spectrum were honored Sunday night, but one award caused a great deal of cheering from all who watched. The award for Outstanding Writing in a Comedy Series went to Aziz Ansari and Lena Waithe for writing on Master of None.

Waithe is the first Gay African American to win this award. Diversity is something that Hollywood has been able to pat themselves on the back about. Ever since Chris Rock hosted the Oscars, Hollywood has recognized more African American talent than ever. Aside from the diversity in the talent, the awards ceremony featured diversity in the world of television.

Netflix alone brought home at least home 92 nominations and it officially proved that streaming services proved more popular than broadcast television. For starters, the no longer funny comedy series, The Big Band Theory wasn’t nominated for an Emmy award. It seems as though the Academy caught on to the scam of CBS claiming that show is anywhere near funny. 

As usual the “In Memoriam” portion of the awards ceremony brought on some tears from the audience, especially the song by Chris Jackson. This year many television stars have died such as Mary Tyler Moore who made a name for herself on The Dick Van Dyke Show, and The Mary Tyler Moore Show. Recently, acclaimed comedian Jerry Lewis died. He enjoyed a long career in comedy creating such famous bits like “The Typewriter”.

Alec Baldwin won the award for best supporting actor in a comedy series for portraying President Trump. His remarks when he won was to say the president finally won an Emmy. This was something that Colbert mentioned in the opening remarks. Trump never won an Emmy for The Apprentice or The Celebrity Apprentice and compared this to how the Presidential election is fixed.

For one award, the Emmys left television and leapt into the world of film. The main cast of the film Nine to Five, Dolly Parton, Jane Fonda, and Lily Tomlin, reunited to give away the award for. Before they gave the award however, they repeated a line from the film that applies to the Donald Trump and his attitudes toward the world. They called him a sexist, hypocritical, lying, egotistical, bigot, and in a way, they aren’t wrong. The awards can also be considered an airing of grievances about Trump by Hollywood. 

Finally, comes the win that everyone didn’t expect but got anyway. The award for best comedy went to HBO’s Veep, and Outstanding Actress in a Comedy went to Julia Louis-Dreyfus for Veep. In keeping with the trend of the show, Trump bashing, Julia Louis-Dreyfus talked about how the show abandoned a plot line about impeachment because they thought someone else might.

The show unexpectedly won the awards it did despite having some tough competition from other shows like Netflix’s Master of None and Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt, ABC’s Black-ish and Modern Family, FX’s Atlanta, and HBO’s Silicon Valley. With a variety of shows like this the competition for Veep, which has enjoyed a long run seemed to be ending with a nomination.

Much of the show was just about bashing Trump but since his presence in the White House has had such an influence on television, it only seems fare that the Emmys should double as a Trump roast. Though some media critics weren’t impressed with Colbert hosting the Emmy’s, the internet says otherwise. One Twitter post said Colbert should be the new permanent host of the Emmys. I doubt he should be the permanent host but he should host only while Trump is President. 

Television has come a long way since the years of Lucy Ricardo, Archie Bunker, and Carol Burnett, but it hasn’t lost its ability to make us laugh, cry, and transport us into a world that makes us forget our problems.