Is it appropriate for celebrities to get political at award shows? | The Tylt
Celebrities often use award shows to voice their political opinions, and the 2017 Emmys were no different. With Stephen Colbert as host, a guest appearance from Sean Spicer and a particularly heated political climate, many of the night's stars were not shy in voicing their anti-Trump opinions. But critics say entertainers are meant to entertain, and should not use an award show to lecture people on politics. What do you think? 🌟
Is it appropriate for celebrities to get political at award shows?
In his opening monologue, Colbert wasted no time diving into politics, setting the tone for what would be a very political award show at the 2017 Emmys.
[Colbert] launched into a series of jokes about Trump, first noting that nobody could possibly keep up with all the TV shows nominated “other than the president, who seems to have a lot of time for that sort of thing.” He mocked Trump’s obsession with the Emmys (specifically his bitterness over having been nominated and lost multiple times), and reproached the Academy voters for failing to give Trump one when they had the chance, positing that he never would have pursued the political spotlight if he had just won that trophy all those years ago.
Colbert wasn't the only one to remark on the political climate.
Kate McKinnon thanked Hillary Clinton for her "grace and grit" after winning the Emmy for Best Supporting Actress in a Comedy Series for her work on "Saturday Night Live." Alec Baldwin sarcastically congratulated President Donald Trump for winning an Emmy "at long last." And Donald Glover thanked Trump "for making black people number one on the most oppressed list," claiming "he's the reason I'm probably up here."
But not everyone is interested in listening to the political opinions of celebrities. Counselor to the President Kellyanne Conway blasted the stars for using the Emmys to criticize President Trump. She believes they should keep their political views to themselves.
They got plucked and published and waxed and some didn’t eat for two months — and all for what? To sound the same? They have a right to speak, but… Between the Emmys, the Miss America Pageant was very politicized, our sports have become very politicized — and it looks like the ratings are suffering. It looks like America is responding by tuning out because they want you to stick to your knitting, they wants you to, in this case, read the stuff other people write for you — and so welcome to their opinion, but how does it really fit?
Many seem to agree with Conway, and were frustrated the Emmys were so politically charged.
Celebrities - always pushing the elite political agenda. I say we stop buying their music and watching their movies till they shut up!— Adonica HowardBrowne (@ahowardbrowne) September 18, 2017
But some wished the Emmys were even more political.
And some found it ironic that many Trump supporters demanded celebrities keep quite about their political opinions when Trump himself is a celebrity.