With regard to the Emmys, whether someone is pro-Trump or anti-Trump, they should be able to admire a clever political barb when it’s offered. But don’t you feel that TV as a mass medium is shooting itself in the foot by being overwhelmingly one-sided? When you’re worried about maintaining your audience, why alienate half of it on television’s showcase event? –Rick
I figure that my politics (while hardly a secret, and you can probably figure out my leanings from my taste in television—which is the real point of this column) is no one else’s business, though I also don’t buy the argument that the Emmys’ flat ratings have that much to do with the political humor dished out during the show. (More likely, the masses would rather watch football than a self-congratulatory ceremony honoring shows in which they’ve no rooting interest.)
Of course, I often hear from those who wish Hollywood types would exercise more discretion at events like these, but in this case, and this year in particular, there’s no avoiding the fact that, as Stephen Colbert joked, the president is and has been the biggest of TV stars (with an opinion on the Emmys from his past as a blustery Apprentice also-ran), and whatever one’s value system, or lack thereof, he’s a ripe object for satire and comment and can give as good as he gets, for better or worse.
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