The 71st Primetime Emmy Awards on Fox drew a record low viewership on Sunday.
TV fans opted to tune out of the telecast that featured pseudo – woke celebrities lecturing America on social injustice issues.
Sunday’s broadcast metered down 23 percent from last year’s Monday night show on NBC and down 30 percent from the preliminary rating for the 2017 ceremony, which aired on a Sunday night on CBS, according to Variety.
Deadline noted that the figures represent the “lowest rating the annual ceremony has achieved in early metrics.”
With a decision to go hostless, the emmys stage was left for celebrities to share their political and cultural views.
Celebrities like actress Michelle Williams, who won for her lead role in FX’s Fosse/Verdon, spoke about the gender pay gap, invoking white men.
“So the next time a woman, and especially a woman of color, because she stands to make 52 cents on the dollar compared to her white, male counterpart, tells you what she needs in order to do her job, listen to her, believe her, because one day she might stand in front of you and say thank you for allowing her to succeed because of her workplace environment, and not in spite of it,” the actress said.”
Actor Billy Porter invoked James Baldwin while accepting his award for FX’s transgender-themed series Pose.
“It took many years of vomiting up the filth I was taught about myself and halfway believed before I could walk around this Earth like I had the right to be here,” Porter said Sunday. “I have the right. You have the right. We all have the right.”
At the surface, this may all seem harmless.
Maybe these celebrities genuinely care about the injustice going on around the world…
Maybe they actually want to spread awareness and make a change…
But why haven’t they?
Why does it seem as though these celebrities have the biggest issue with injustice around the world when the spotlight is on them and the crowd is watching?
Does what is done when the lights are off no longer matter?
Change requires more than just an announcement to a room full of 1%ers…
Change requires dedication, commitment, and humility…
How is it that one can be in an industry where social injustice is overlooked day in and day out and not speak up every single day.
Change does not have to start on the big screen…
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