The latest telecast of the Emmy Awards on CBS drew the second-lowest audience ever, just 11.4 million, and that is no surprise. This show could not have been more predictable, quickly devolving into a boorish hourslong festival of Trump bashing and Hillary mourning.
Awards shows used to be blockbusters for TV. But in the Age of Trump, they’re becoming screaming political spectacles, like the infamous funeral/pep rally for Sen. Paul Wellstone in 2002. The red-state audience knows it’s going to be a leftist hootenanny attack on conservatives all night long. Why put up with it? So they don’t bother.
Naturally, the Hollywood crowd gave out Emmy awards like candy to “Saturday Night Live” for its sneering satire of Donald Trump’s presidential campaign. And Kate McKinnon thanked Hillary Clinton for her alleged “grace and grit.”
Jane Fonda recalled her film “9 to 5,” saying, “Back in 1980 in that movie, we refused to be controlled by a sexist, egotistical, lying, hypocritical bigot.” Her co-star Lily Tomlin picked up the attack, saying, “And in 2017, we still refuse to be controlled by a sexist, egotistical, lying, hypocritical bigot.”
Picking up the Emmy for best actor in a comedy series for the FX show “Atlanta,” Donald Glover announced: “I want to thank Trump for making black people No. 1 on the most oppressed list. He’s the reason I’m probably up…