The recent 72nd annual Emmy Awards hosted by Jimmy Kimmel was filled with social justice and politically charged messaging.
The virtual show flopped in the ratings, drawing only 6.1 million viewers for ABC, a new low.
According to The Wrap, “the overall audience for these Emmys, hosted by Jimmy Kimmel, declined 29% from last year’s host-less turn on Fox. Among adults 18-49, the decline was 13%.”
The Emmys was filled with several politically charged moments.
Actor Anthony Anderson led Jimmy Kimmel in a bizarre chant of “Black Lives Matter,” ordering Kimmel to say the phrase louder and louder.
Kimmel joked early in the night “This isn’t a MAGA rally, it’s the Emmys. Instead of the live audience, we took a page from baseball and did cardboard cutouts of the nominees.”
Later, Kimmel joked about Canadian show Schitt’s creek and said “Trump’s gonna build that wall on the Northern border! Has the president tweeted us yet?”
Regina King wore a Breonna Taylor “say her name” T-shirt while accepting her Emmy.
After winning an Emmy Award for his role in HBO’s “i Know This Much Is True” Mark Ruffalo also decided to make a political statement.
Ruffalo directly discussed the upcoming election, saying “We have a big, important moment ahead of us.”
He continued “Are we gonna be a country of division, hatred, and a country only for a certain kind of people, or are we gonna be one of love and strength and fighting for…all of us have the American dream, and the pursuit of life and liberty and love and happiness in this great country of ours? That’s what we’re facing right now.”
“So get out and vote, make a plan, and vote for love and compassion and kindness,” urged Emmy viewers.