Hollywood got a lesson today after another Emmy show bashing Republicans and Christians.
Although they took fewer explicit shots at President Donald Trump than they had last year, they still have the liberal approach hardwired. Perhaps the worst was the opening monologue from Michael Che and Colin Jost.
From Fox News:
Jost discussed a handful of shows that were canceled and picked up by other networks before joking that Roseanne Barr’s show was “picked up by white nationalists.” He also implied that some Americans don’t think Nazis are bad and fantasized about President Obama upsetting Trump with a dig at the former reality TV star who is famously obsessed with ratings.
“The Obamas now even have their own production deal at Netflix,” Jost said. “My dream is that the only thing they produce is their own version of ‘The Apprentice.’ And it gets way higher ratings.
Michael Che went further than that, with a joke referencing his mother.
“She says she doesn’t like watching white award shows because you guys don’t thank Jesus enough,” Che said. “That’s true. The only white people that thank Jesus are Republicans and ex-crackheads.”
Oh, so funny. Not.
Actress Jennifer Lewis also wore a Nike sweatshirt “to applaud them for supporting Colin Kaepernick,” the controversial figure who started the kneeling protests during the national anthem.
The ratings, which took a dive to the lowest ever last year, went even lower this year, dropping 10% from last years numbers.
In the final numbers, last year’s Emmys snared 11.8 million viewers and a 2.5 rating among adults 18-49. That translated into matching the previous viewership low of the Jimmy Kimmel-hosted 2016 Emmys and a new low among the key demographic. Those record lows, based on the first set of numbers we are looking at today, appear very likely to be eclipsed this year.
Even in a small-screen environment where the likes of the Academy Awards and the Grammys have experienced up to 20% ratings drops of late, the early numbers for the Emmys are surprising.
It’s clear that people have just had enough.
From Fox News:
Conservative strategist Chris Barron told Fox News that “large swaths of the American public just want to be entertained” but instead were turned into “unwilling participants” in a political rally disguised as an awards show.
“Whether it’s the NFL or the Emmys, people desperately want a break from politics. It’s amazing to me at just how tone deaf Hollywood is,” Barron said.
“Most Republicans have stopped watching awards shows or know that even if they can stomach it, the White House and their core values will be attacked. I kept thinking last night, thank goodness for a few actors like Chris Pratt, who buck the trend and show a healthy respect and love for Christianity in acceptance speeches,” Fox Nation host Britt McHenry said. “Reverence for God is something to cherish and uphold, not ridicule.”
As Mediaite columnist Joseph Wulfsohn noted, Hollywood award shows have been about patting themselves on the back for a long time, but now they no longer care about trying to reach the wider audience. “And now, Middle America knows to simply change the channel,” he said.