The 2018 Emmys went about how everyone expected: Lots of left-wing messaging, lots of self-congratulation, less entertainment, and fewer viewers. But what is a little unexpected is just how strong the blowback from even those who lean left has been.
Among the strong critics of the show is the Daily Beast's Kevin Fallon, who wrote a blistering response to the "cringe-worthy, tone-deaf embarrassment" of an awards ceremony, which was particularly egregious in its "diversity" pandering.
In his brutal take on the Emmys "disaster," Fallon mocked the Chairman of the Television Academy Hayma Washington coming on stage near the end of the show to declare, "Let's give ourselves a hand!" for the theme of the night: "This, the 70th Annual Academy Awards, features the most diverse and inclusive group of nominees ever," as Fallon puts it.
Fallon notes that Washington having "to literally cajole the crowd to applaud itself, a rarity for this industry—underscored everything woefully misguided about this Colin Jost and Michael Che-hosted outing, perhaps the worst-produced award show since James Franco and Anne Hathaway co-hosted the Oscars."
The worst part, he explains, was that the show "treated its progress in nomination diversity as a finish line, expecting the telecast to function as a victory lap, cheering for a job well done when it should have fired a starting gun for the work just getting started."
The disaster of a show started off with an attempt at a joke about naively believing that the diversity problem in Hollywood had been "solved." Here's how Deadline describes the start of the Emmys 70th production, which it said "really showed its age":
Starting off with SNL‘s Kate McKinnon and Kenan Thompson and a dead-letter routine that diversity was thriving and discrimination was “solved” in Hollywood, the back on Monday Emmys was simply too much all Lorne all the time. Despite some dance moves from nominee Ricky Martin, the first of several inevitable references to the imploded Roseanne, more SNLers and a very brief appearance by EGOT winner John Legend, the kickoff indicated that tonight’s ceremony was clearly not ready for primetime – and that was before “Weekend Update” anchors Che and Jost hit the stage.
Turns out the true joke ended up being the idea that the entertainment elites actually care about the things they spend so much time, energy, and money virtue-signaling.