Lights of Hope During a Rather Dark Emmy Awards
By Tess Farrand, Staff Writer
The 70th Emmy’s aired Monday night on NBC, to an all-time low with just over 10 million viewers. The lack of viewers should communicate that Americans are sick of Hollywood pushing its immoral (or something else) agenda on the public. Even so, there are some bright lights in an otherwise telecast of darkness.
Netflix gained the most nominees this year and took home an Emmy for QUEER EYE, which won Outstanding Structured Reality Program. The series follows five gay men who help provide lifestyle makeovers in the lives of candidates that need it. The show is basically WHAT NOT TO WEAR, but in 2018.
Two days ago, one of the show’s cast members, Bobby Berk, posted a photo on Instagram with Candance Cameron Bure at a pre-Emmy’s event. He later received backlash from the LGBTQ community since she is an outspoken Christian who believes in traditional marriage.
Yet, the star responded with decorum. In his Instagram story, Berk defended his post, saying, “She’s a human and an artist just as I am, and the whole basis of QUEER EYE is to learn to be able to coexist and to learn from people who think differently from you.” He continued, “I do know her views. I am against her views, but as a person I love her, just as we should all love each other.” One has to ask why the Emmy nominations can’t reflect the same attitude of Berk toward Bure?
That mutual respect and understanding was a bright spot of the Emmy’s, along with an unexpected proposal by Glen Weiss, winning for Best Director for a Variety special of the Oscars, to his girlfriend Jan Svendsen. Weiss got down on one knee and said, “Mom was right, don’t ever let go of your sunshine. You wonder why I don’t like to call you my girlfriend? Because I want to call you my wife.” He continued with some comedy saying, “This is the ring that my dad put on my mom’s finger 67 years ago. And, to my sisters and brothers, I didn’t swipe it. Dad knows I have it, O.K.?” Svendsen responded with a resounding yes!
We’d like to say there were more moments like this, but overall the awards went to immoral programs and onstage negative comments targeting faith, Christians, and conservatives.
CLASSIC HOLLYWOOD COMMENTS
In the opening monologue of the ceremony co-host, Michael Che (SATURDAY NIGHT LIVE) made a satirical remark concerning conservative viewers and Jesus. “My mother is not watching. She said, she doesn’t like watching white award shows because ‘you guys don’t thank Jesus enough.’” He went on to say, “the only white people who thank Jesus are republicans and ex-crack heads.”
Later, in the evening, Thandie Newton received the Emmy for Outstanding Performance in a drama series for her portrayal of Maeve Millay in HBO’s WESTWORLD. When the British actress got to the stage to accept her award she said, “I don’t believe in God, but I’m going to thank her.” An enormous round of applause followed her comment as she continued. “I am so f****** blessed,” which the network didn’t have enough notice to bleep out from the broadcast.
WINNERS ARE LOSERS
Only in Hollywood does debauchery get a trophy for glamour. Emmy nominated shows like THE HANDMAIDS TALE, GAME OF THRONES, THE SINNER, and AMERICAN HORROR STORY: CULT all have graphic content like sexual violence, satanic themes and graphic violence. Instead, why not take a page out of Berk’s book and give more credit to shows that lean more towards the conservative side or don’t showcase explicit sex or violence? Berk’s comments paint a picture of how the award show landscape could be if Hollywood wasn’t too absorbed in pushing their own agendas. They preach acceptance, but rarely practice it.
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