Very few tuned in to watch Sunday evening’s 69th annual Emmy Awards, according to Deadline, which aside from the typical self-congratulatory celebrity love-fest was predictably very anti-Trump.
First-time host Stephen Colbert opened the show with a musical number filled with plenty of jabs at the current president. Then, former White House press secretary Sean Spicer was rolled out on the stage standing at a press room podium to proclaim that viewership would be “the largest audience to witness an Emmys, period,” a jab at his own comments that Trump’s inauguration pulled extremely large crowds. But that was certainly not true of the Emmys.
This year, the awards broadcast fared even worse than the last two which featured hosts Andy Samberg in 2015 and Jimmy Kimmel last year, both of which started the ratings fall. In fact, more people tuned into watch the NFL last night -- which is not saying much since those numbers were lower, too. It's just more evidence that no one wants entertainment turned into politics and protests.
Despite the poor numbers, the Emmys have been praised for being the most diverse in recent memory, perhaps to make up for the #OscarsSoWhite controversy. Women were big winners, including Hulu’s allegory of patriarchal oppression The Handmaid’s Tale, which won eight trophies including best drama, and best lead and supporting actress. Leftists tried to compare the dystopian plot of that show with how women might be treated under President Trump. So far, though, an outbreak of sex slavery directed by the administration has yet to begin.
Then, there was Sterling K. Brown, who became the first black actor in 19 years to take home an Emmy for lead actor in a drama series for NBC’s This Is Us.
The politically-fueled evening continued with many trophies going to Saturday Night Live, which can be counted on for its anti-anything-right-of-center schtick. Cast member Kate McKinnon won for her Hillary Clinton impersonation. In her speech, she thanked the failed presidential candidate and praised Clinton’s “grace and grit.” That wasn't a joke, but it should've been. Alec Baldwin also won an Emmy for his recurring impersonation of President Trump. In his remarks, the actor joked that Trump finally received the Emmy he had always wanted for his work on The Apprentice.
In one of his bits, Colbert baited Trump to launch a tweet-fest on Monday, assuming the president would quickly defend himself against all of the hate pouring his way. But like most of us, he had better things to do: