The 2018 Emmys Opening Highlighted Hollywood’s Diversity Problem
Wow, you guys. ICYMI, The 70th Annual Primetime Emmy Awards were last night and, from the very beginning, we could tell that it was going to be an amazing show. We mean, who DOESN’T love a woke opening number that highlights the diversity problem in Hollywood, right?!
For those of you who didn’t get around to watching last night, the show kicked off with a hilarious, tongue-in-cheek musical number that brought a ton of attention to the issue of diversity in Hollywood. The number was led by Saturday Night Live stars Kate McKinnon and Kenan Thompson who were celebrating the fact that the issue was magically been solved; now wouldn’t that just be incredible?!
Kate and Kenan were later joined by Sterling K. Brown, Tituss Burgess and Kristen Bell, with special appearances by Andy Samberg, Ricky Martin, and John Legend. At one point, RuPaul even showed up with the news that the diversity problem is — SPOILER ALERT — very much alive and well.
Ultimately, the main message of the musical number was that although things are going better, there’s still a long way to go before the issues in Hollywood cease to exist. Still, Kate and Kenan did make mention of the fact that this year’s nominees were the most diverse in Emmys history.
Immediately following the musical number, which, in addition to diversity, was littered with jokes about Cynthia Nixon, Roseanne Barr, and politics in general, the microphones were tossed to the evening’s hosts, Colin Jost and Michael Che.
In a similar vein to the opening number, Colin and Michael touched on many of the same timely subjects, including diversity, sexual harassment and yes, more Roseanne. But, we can’t lie… even with all of their jokes, the most entertaining part of the comedians’ opening monologue had to be the audience reactions. We mean, just look at Chrissy Teigen!
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Before exiting the stage, Colin and Michael left us with A LOT to think about. Like, for example, how does Netflix make money when it seems like everyone is sharing one account? More importantly, though, they got us thinking about the future of television and where exactly we go from here. Sure, we’ve come a long way, but the message was clear: we still have a long way to go.
Check out the opening above!