Sunday night brought us the return of the annual Emmy Awards; an event once admired the world over for its glitz and glamor.
Hollywood has long come together for the event, originally meant to celebrate and heap praise on cinematic breakthroughs and thought-provoking films that challenged the way that the world viewed itself. The fiction created by the movie industry had often been a tool of the filmmaker, used to examine often uncomfortable themes and controversial realities facing our modern world.
That is rarely the case any more.
Tinsel Town has turned vitriolic and ungrateful in recent years, hellbent on attacking traditional American values, and, in a more recent development, attacking the President of the United States. This latest metamorphosis is not simply taking place on the big screen either, as celebrates continue to churn out interviews and acceptance speeches filled to the brim with anger and bigotry toward the American conservative population.
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The anticipation of the Emmy’s turning into a politically-charged diatribe against President Trump became a reality last night, but not before a great many Americans tuned out of the broadcast.
“Near the beginning of the 69th annual Primetime Emmy Awards last night, host Stephen Colbert hauled former White House Press Secretary Sean Spicer onstage to declare that the CBS-broadcast show would have ‘the largest audience to witness an Emmys, period — both in person and around the world.’
“Coming off the all-time ratings low of last year’s Jimmy Kimmel-fronted ceremony, the gag and the Donald Trump inauguration-inspired boasts were a hopeful and it seems hollow plea for Colbert’s awards show hosting and debut.
“Sunday’s Emmys took repeated aim at Trump, the former Celebrity Apprentice host and past nominee, and combined with facing a Green Bay Packers game on NBC’s Sunday Night Football again, the POTUS-bashing Emmys were knocked down to a new low – at least in the early numbers. Snagging a 8.2 in metered market ratings, last night’s three-hour-plus show fronted by Colbert tripped 2% from the 2016 show.
“Despite a historic win for Hulu’s The Handmaid’s Tale and Atlanta’s Donald Glover, plus big victories for the Margaret Atwood adaptation’s lead Elisabeth Moss, This Is Us’ Sterling K. Brown, HBO’s Big Little Lies and Veep, last night’s result marks the third straight decline for TV’s big night, following the Andy Samberg-hosted 2015 Emmys on Fox and last year’s show on ABC.”
The big wins for The Handmaid’s Tale also belie an industry-wide assault on the President, as the timing of the literary adaptation has been seen as an uncouth take on Donald Trump’s purported misogyny.
Hollywood has continued their Trump-bashing antics in the face of consistent rejection from the American people who, as many in Southern California have forgotten, wholly rejected corrupt democratic diva Hillary Clinton in the 2016 election.