From dancing handmaids to Trump digs, the 69th Emmy Awards had everything, even if it wasn’t always nice. With Stephen Colbert at the helm, the ceremony vacillated between political commentary, a celebration of the variety of Peak TV, and more than a little back-patting on the industry’s part for being just a tiny bit more progressive than usual. With a slate of exciting winners, and a slew of not-quite-fully-realized sketches, the ceremony exemplified the contradictions — for better and for worse — of the hectic TV moment. We’re here to break down what worked, what didn’t, and what was just baffling.
The Highs and Lows of the 2017 Emmy Awards
For months, Sean Spicer’s job — a job he chose willingly — was to stand up in front of the American people and lie. As punishment, he has spent his time since leaving the White House being turned into a harmless figure of fun. The Emmys didn’t start this, but they certainly contributed to it, bringing the former press secretary out for a reprise of his inauguration-numbers bit, as if it were the Dead Parrot sketch and not, you know, a horrifying preview of what the Trump administration would be like.
It was like watching Winona Ryder during the SAG Awards, but on 100 famous faces with their jaws unhinged.Nothing kicks off an award show with more style than a bunch of abused handmaids ripping off suppressive robes so they can be objectified instead. It helped that some of them were men, but not enough to make this whole exercise feel less weird.