Thursday 23 November 2017

Donald Trump called a ‘lying, hypocritical bigot’ in attack-heavy Emmys

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

Donald Trump
Donald Trump

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.

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.

Press Association

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