Wednesday 21 February 2018

Emmys 2017: Donald Trump called a 'lying, hypocritical bigot' in attack-heavy Emmys

The US President was attacked from all sides at the Emmy Awards.

Riz Ahmed
66th Primetime Emmy Awards – Arrivals – Los Angeles

By Sam Blewett, Press Association Los Angeles Correspondent

Politics took centre stage at the Emmy Awards with Donald Trump being skewered from all angles.

During a series of political barbs, the US president was accused of making black people the most oppressed in America and called a “lying, hypocritical bigot”.

The Los Angeles ceremony on Sunday night saw victories for political satire Veep – created by Briton Armando Iannucci – and Saturday Night Live (SNL) which has enjoyed a resurgence with its attacks on Mr Trump.

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Perhaps the hardest-hitting shot came in a speech by Emmy presenters Lily Tomlin and Jane Fonda who took the stage alongside Dolly Parton, their co-star in Nine To Five.

Nicole Kidman poses with her awards for outstanding lead actress in a limited series or a movie and outstanding limited series for
Nicole Kidman poses with her awards for outstanding lead actress in a limited series or a movie and outstanding limited series for "Big Little Lies" in the press room at the 69th Primetime Emmy Awards on Sunday, Sept. 17, 2017, at the Microsoft Theater in Los Angeles. (Photo by Jordan Strauss/Invision/AP)
69th Primetime Emmy Awards – Arrivals – Los Angeles, California, U.S., 17/09/2017 - Actress Uzo Aduba. REUTERS/Mike Blake
69th Primetime Emmy Awards – Arrivals – Los Angeles, California, U.S., 17/09/2017 - Ellie Kemper. REUTERS/Mike Blake
69th Primetime Emmy Awards – Arrivals – Los Angeles, California, U.S., 17/09/2017 - Regina King. REUTERS/Mike Blake
69th Primetime Emmy Awards – Arrivals – Los Angeles, California, U.S., 17/09/2017 - Susan Kelechi Watson. REUTERS/Mike Blake
69th Primetime Emmy Awards – Arrivals – Los Angeles, California, U.S., 17/09/2017 - Jessica Biel. REUTERS/Mike Blake
69th Primetime Emmy Awards – Arrivals – Los Angeles, California, U.S., 17/09/2017 - Actress Michelle Pfeiffer. REUTERS/Mike Blake
69th Primetime Emmy Awards – Arrivals – Los Angeles, California, U.S., 17/09/2017 - Heidi Klum. REUTERS/Mike Blake
69th Primetime Emmy Awards – Arrivals – Los Angeles, California, U.S., 17/09/2017 - Vanessa Bayer. REUTERS/Mike Blake
69th Primetime Emmy Awards – Arrivals – Los Angeles, California, U.S., 17/09/2017 - Tracee Ellis Ross. REUTERS/Mike Blake
69th Primetime Emmy Awards – Arrivals – Los Angeles, California, U.S., 17/09/2017 - Julie Bowen. REUTERS/Mike Blake
69th Primetime Emmy Awards – Arrivals – Los Angeles, California, U.S., 17/09/2017 - Actress Michelle Pfeiffer. REUTERS/Mike Blake
69th Primetime Emmy Awards – Arrivals – Los Angeles, California, U.S., 17/09/2017 - Viola Davis. REUTERS/Mike Blake
69th Primetime Emmy Awards – Arrivals – Los Angeles, California, U.S., 17/09/2017 - Actress and comedienne Kate McKinnon. REUTERS/Mike Blake
69th Primetime Emmy Awards – Arrivals – Los Angeles, California, U.S., 17/09/2017 - Ariel Winter. REUTERS/Mike Blake
69th Primetime Emmy Awards – Arrivals – Los Angeles, California, U.S., 17/09/2017 - Gina Rodriguez. REUTERS/Mike Blake
69th Primetime Emmy Awards – Arrivals – Los Angeles, California, U.S., 17/09/2017 - Actress Gabrielle Union. REUTERS/Mike Blake
Giancarlo Esposito, left, and Shayne Lyra Esposito arrive at the 69th Primetime Emmy Awards on Sunday, Sept. 17, 2017, at the Microsoft Theater in Los Angeles. (Photo by Richard Shotwell/Invision/AP)
Marsai Martin arrives at the 69th Primetime Emmy Awards on Sunday, Sept. 17, 2017, at the Microsoft Theater in Los Angeles. (Photo by Richard Shotwell/Invision/AP)
69th Primetime Emmy Awards – Arrivals – Los Angeles, California, U.S., 17/09/2017 - Emmy Rossum. REUTERS/Mike Blake
69th Primetime Emmy Awards – Arrivals – Los Angeles, California, U.S., 17/09/2017 - Laura Dern. REUTERS/Mike Blake
69th Primetime Emmy Awards – Arrivals – Los Angeles, California, U.S., 17/09/2017 - Actress Elisabeth Moss. REUTERS/Mike Blake
69th Primetime Emmy Awards – Arrivals – Los Angeles, California, U.S., 17/09/2017 - Joe Keery, Natalia Dyer and Charlie Heaton. REUTERS/Mike Blake
69th Primetime Emmy Awards – Arrivals – Los Angeles, California, U.S., 17/09/2017 - Reese Witherspoon. REUTERS/Mike Blake
69th Primetime Emmy Awards – Arrivals – Los Angeles, California, U.S., 17/09/2017 - Actress Shailene Woodley. REUTERS/Mike Blake
69th Primetime Emmy Awards – Arrivals – Los Angeles, California, U.S., 17/09/2017 - Nicole Kidman. REUTERS/Mike Blake
69th Primetime Emmy Awards – Arrivals – Los Angeles, California, U.S., 17/09/2017 - Actress Zoe Kravitz. REUTERS/Mike Blake
69th Primetime Emmy Awards – Arrivals – Los Angeles, California, U.S., 17/09/2017 - Jaimie Alexander. REUTERS/Mike Blake
69th Primetime Emmy Awards – Arrivals – Los Angeles, California, U.S., 17/09/2017 - Matt Bomer. REUTERS/Mike Blake
69th Primetime Emmy Awards – Arrivals – Los Angeles, California, U.S., 17/09/2017 - Keith Urban and Nicole Kidman. REUTERS/Mike Blake
69th Primetime Emmy Awards – Arrivals – Los Angeles, California, U.S., 17/09/2017 - Actress Debra Messing. REUTERS/Mike Blake
69th Primetime Emmy Awards – Arrivals – Los Angeles, California, U.S., 17/09/2017 - Alec Baldwin and Hilaria Baldwin. REUTERS/Mike Blake
69th Primetime Emmy Awards – Arrivals – Los Angeles, California, U.S., 17/09/2017 - Jane Krakowski. REUTERS/Mike Blake
69th Primetime Emmy Awards – Arrivals – Los Angeles, California, U.S., 17/09/2017 - Actress Cicely Tyson. REUTERS/Mike Blake
69th Primetime Emmy Awards – Arrivals – Los Angeles, California, U.S., 17/09/2017 - Rashida Jones. REUTERS/Mike Blake
69th Primetime Emmy Awards – Arrivals – Los Angeles, California, U.S., 17/09/2017 - Actress Keri Russell. REUTERS/Mike Blake
69th Primetime Emmy Awards – Arrivals – Los Angeles, California, U.S., 17/09/2017 - J.J. Abrams and wife. REUTERS/Mike Blake
69th Primetime Emmy Awards – Arrivals – Los Angeles, California, U.S., 17/09/2017 - Julia Louis-Dreyfus. REUTERS/Mike Blake
69th Primetime Emmy Awards – Arrivals – Los Angeles, California, U.S., 17/09/2017 - Julia Louis-Dreyfus. REUTERS/Mike Blake
69th Primetime Emmy Awards – Arrivals – Los Angeles, California, U.S., 17/09/2017 - Gillian Anderson. REUTERS/Mike Blake
69th Primetime Emmy Awards – Arrivals – Los Angeles, California, U.S., 17/09/2017 - Thandie Newton. REUTERS/Mike Blake
69th Primetime Emmy Awards – Arrivals – Los Angeles, California, U.S., 17/09/2017 - Sarah Paulson and Allison Janney. REUTERS/Mike Blake
69th Primetime Emmy Awards – Arrivals – Los Angeles, California, U.S., 17/09/2017 - Gillian Anderson. REUTERS/Mike Blake
69th Primetime Emmy Awards – Arrivals – Los Angeles, California, U.S., 17/09/2017 - Susan Sarandon. REUTERS/Mike Blake
69th Primetime Emmy Awards – Arrivals – Los Angeles, California, U.S., 17/09/2017 - Allison Janney. REUTERS/Mike Blake
69th Primetime Emmy Awards – Arrivals – Los Angeles, California, U.S., 17/09/2017 - Jessica Lange. REUTERS/Mike Blake
69th Primetime Emmy Awards – Arrivals – Los Angeles, California, U.S., 17/09/2017 - Evan Rachel Wood. REUTERS/Mike Blake
69th Primetime Emmy Awards – Arrivals – Los Angeles, California, U.S., 17/09/2017 - Tracey Ullman. REUTERS/Mike Blake
69th Primetime Emmy Awards – Arrivals – Los Angeles, California, U.S., 17/09/2017 - Sarah Paulson. REUTERS/Mike Blake
69th Primetime Emmy Awards – Arrivals – Los Angeles, California, U.S., 17/09/2017 - Jeffrey Dean Morgan and Hilarie Burton. REUTERS/Mike Blake
69th Primetime Emmy Awards – Arrivals – Los Angeles, California, U.S., 17/09/2017 - Claire Foy. REUTERS/Mike Blake
69th Primetime Emmy Awards – Arrivals – Los Angeles, California, U.S., 17/09/2017 - Claire Foy and Vanessa Kirby. REUTERS/Mike Blake
69th Primetime Emmy Awards – Arrivals – Los Angeles, California, U.S., 17/09/2017 - Angela Sarafyan. REUTERS/Mike Blake
69th Primetime Emmy Awards – Arrivals – Los Angeles, California, U.S., 17/09/2017 - Yara Shahidi and Deon Cole. REUTERS/Mike Blake
69th Primetime Emmy Awards – Arrivals – Los Angeles, California, U.S., 17/09/2017 - Yvonne Strahovski. REUTERS/Mike Blake
69th Primetime Emmy Awards – Arrivals – Los Angeles, California, U.S., 17/09/2017 - Priyanka Chopra. REUTERS/Mike Blake
69th Primetime Emmy Awards – Arrivals – Los Angeles, California, U.S., 17/09/2017 - Samira Wiley. REUTERS/Mike Blake
69th Primetime Emmy Awards – Arrivals – Los Angeles, California, U.S., 17/09/2017 - Dylan Frances Penn. REUTERS/Mike Blake
69th Primetime Emmy Awards – Arrivals – Los Angeles, California, U.S., 17/09/2017 - Amanda Crew. REUTERS/Mike Blake
69th Primetime Emmy Awards – Arrivals – Los Angeles, California, U.S., 17/09/2017 - Amanda Crew. REUTERS/Mike Blake
Primetime Emmy Awards – Arrivals – Los Angeles, California, U.S., 17/09/2017 - Alyvia Alyn Lind. REUTERS/Mike Blake
69th Primetime Emmy Awards – Arrivals – Los Angeles, California, U.S., 17/09/2017 - Sandra Lee. REUTERS/Mike Blake
69th Primetime Emmy Awards – Arrivals – Los Angeles, California, U.S., 17/09/2017 - Author and television personality Gail Simmons. REUTERS/Mike Blake
69th Primetime Emmy Awards – Arrivals – Los Angeles, California, U.S., 17/09/2017 - Actor Abby Elliott. REUTERS/Mike Blake
69th Primetime Emmy Awards – Arrivals – Los Angeles, California, U.S., 17/09/2017 - Anthony Anderson. REUTERS/Mike Blake
69th Primetime Emmy Awards – Arrivals – Los Angeles, California, U.S., 17/09/2017 - Nina Kiri. REUTERS/Mike Blake
69th Primetime Emmy Awards – Arrivals – Los Angeles, California, U.S., 17/09/2017 - Actress Padma Lakshmi. REUTERS/Mike Blake
69th Primetime Emmy Awards – Arrivals – Los Angeles, California, U.S., 17/09/2017 - Anika Noni Rose. REUTERS/Mike Blake
Renee Bargh arrives at the 69th Primetime Emmy Awards on Sunday, Sept. 17, 2017, at the Microsoft Theater in Los Angeles. (Photo by Jordan Strauss/Invision/AP)
Ryan Michelle Bathe arrives at the 69th Primetime Emmy Awards on Sunday, Sept. 17, 2017, at the Microsoft Theater in Los Angeles. (Photo by Jordan Strauss/Invision/AP)
69th Primetime Emmy Awards – Arrivals – Los Angeles, California, U.S., 17/09/2017 - Yvette Nicole Brown. REUTERS/Mike Blake
69th Primetime Emmy Awards – Arrivals – Los Angeles, California, U.S., 17/09/2017 - Ruby Modine. REUTERS/Mike Blake
69th Primetime Emmy Awards – Arrivals – Los Angeles, California, U.S., 17/09/2017 - Actor Chris Sullivan and Rachel Reichard. REUTERS/Mike Blake
69th Primetime Emmy Awards – Arrivals – Los Angeles, California, U.S., 17/09/2017 - Actress Edie Falco. REUTERS/Mike Blake
69th Primetime Emmy Awards – Arrivals – Los Angeles, California, U.S., 17/09/2017 - Chrissy Metz. REUTERS/Mike Blake
69th Primetime Emmy Awards – Arrivals – Los Angeles, California, U.S., 17/09/2017 - Actress Felicity Huffman. REUTERS/Mike Blake
69th Primetime Emmy Awards – Arrivals – Los Angeles, California, U.S., 17/09/2017 - Tessa Thompson. REUTERS/Mike Blake
69th Primetime Emmy Awards – Arrivals – Los Angeles, California, U.S., 17/09/2017 - Joel Kinnaman and wife, Cleo Wattenström. REUTERS/Mike Blake
69th Primetime Emmy Awards – Arrivals – Los Angeles, California, U.S., 17/09/2017 - Sarah Hyland. REUTERS/Mike Blake
69th Primetime Emmy Awards – Arrivals – Los Angeles, California, U.S., 17/09/2017 - Actress Kiernan Shipka. REUTERS/Mike Blake
69th Primetime Emmy Awards – Arrivals – Los Angeles, California, U.S., 17/09/2017 - Shannon Purser. REUTERS/Mike Blake
69th Primetime Emmy Awards – Arrivals – Los Angeles, California, U.S., 17/09/2017 - Sofia Vergara. REUTERS/Mike Blake
69th Primetime Emmy Awards – Arrivals – Los Angeles, California, U.S., 17/09/2017 - Jane Fonda. REUTERS/Mike Blake
69th Primetime Emmy Awards – Arrivals – Los Angeles, California, U.S., 17/09/2017 - Actress and singer Mandy Moore. REUTERS/Mike Blake
69th Primetime Emmy Awards – Arrivals – Los Angeles, California, U.S., 17/09/2017 - RuPaul. REUTERS/Mike Blake
69th Primetime Emmy Awards – Arrivals – Los Angeles, California, U.S., 17/09/2017 - Jessica Biel. REUTERS/Mike Blake
69th Primetime Emmy Awards – Arrivals – Los Angeles, California, U.S., 17/09/2017 - Susan Kelechi Watson. REUTERS/Mike Blake
Giancarlo Esposito, left, and Shayne Lyra Esposito arrive at the 69th Primetime Emmy Awards on Sunday, Sept. 17, 2017, at the Microsoft Theater in Los Angeles. (Photo by Richard Shotwell/Invision/AP)
Marsai Martin arrives at the 69th Primetime Emmy Awards on Sunday, Sept. 17, 2017, at the Microsoft Theater in Los Angeles. (Photo by Richard Shotwell/Invision/AP)
69th Primetime Emmy Awards – Arrivals – Los Angeles, California, U.S., 17/09/2017 - Actress Michelle Pfeiffer. REUTERS/Mike Blake
69th Primetime Emmy Awards – Arrivals – Los Angeles, California, U.S., 17/09/2017 - Tracee Ellis Ross. REUTERS/Mike Blake
69th Primetime Emmy Awards – Arrivals – Los Angeles, California, U.S., 17/09/2017 - Julie Bowen. REUTERS/Mike Blake
69th Primetime Emmy Awards – Arrivals – Los Angeles, California, U.S., 17/09/2017 - Actress Michelle Pfeiffer. REUTERS/Mike Blake
69th Primetime Emmy Awards – Arrivals – Los Angeles, California, U.S., 17/09/2017 - Viola Davis. REUTERS/Mike Blake
69th Primetime Emmy Awards – Arrivals – Los Angeles, California, U.S., 17/09/2017 - Actress and comedienne Kate McKinnon. REUTERS/Mike Blake
69th Primetime Emmy Awards – Arrivals – Los Angeles, California, U.S., 17/09/2017 - Heidi Klum. REUTERS/Mike Blake
69th Primetime Emmy Awards – Arrivals – Los Angeles, California, U.S., 17/09/2017 - Vanessa Bayer. REUTERS/Mike Blake
69th Primetime Emmy Awards – Arrivals – Los Angeles, California, U.S., 17/09/2017 - Actress Judith Light. REUTERS/Mike Blake
69th Primetime Emmy Awards – Arrivals – Los Angeles, California, U.S., 17/09/2017 - Sofia Vergara. REUTERS/Mike Blake
69th Primetime Emmy Awards – Arrivals – Los Angeles, California, U.S., 17/09/2017 - Regina King. REUTERS/Mike Blake
69th Primetime Emmy Awards – Arrivals – Los Angeles, California, U.S., 17/09/2017 - Laverne Cox. REUTERS/Mike Blake
69th Primetime Emmy Awards – Arrivals – Los Angeles, California, U.S., 17/09/2017 - Actress Leslie Jones. REUTERS/Mike Blake
69th Primetime Emmy Awards – Arrivals – Los Angeles, California, U.S., 17/09/2017 - Actress Zoe Kravitz. REUTERS/Mike Blake

Fonda described the conditions their characters faced in the 1980 film.

Without naming him, Tomlin added: “And in 2017 we still refuse to be controlled by a sexist, egotistical, lying, hypocritical bigot.”

Parton raised her eyebrows at the critique and remained silent.

Alec Baldwin won outstanding supporting actor in a comedy series for his regular portrayals of Mr Trump on SNL.

“At long last Mr President here is your Emmy,” he said of the Celebrity Apprentice-host-cum-president.

Collecting the lead actor in a comedy series award, Atlanta star Donald Glover said: “I want to thank Trump for making black people number one on the most oppressed list – he’s the reason I’m probably up here.”

Lead actress in a comedy series winner Julia Louis-Dreyfus, who won for Veep which also scored best comedy series, said a story-line about a fictional president’s dismissal had to be scrubbed from the up-coming final season.

“We did have a story-line about an impeachment, but we abandoned that because we were worried that someone else might get to it first,” she said.

Host Stephen Colbert was swift in tackling the president, who he called the “biggest TV star of the last year” for influencing shows’ plot-lines.

Mr Trump’s fired press secretary Sean Spicer came on stage to joke “this will be the largest audience to witness an Emmys – period”, in a reference to the debacle over numbers attending the president’s inauguration speech.

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