Will the Emmys Be an Epic Evening of Trump Bashing?

Will the Emmys Be an Epic Evening of Trump Bashing?

Stephen Colbert, the host of this weekend's broadcast of The Emmy Awards, has taken every opportunity to skewer Donald Trump on his own show, but will he be as merciless with his humorous criticism on the Emmy stage? And even if Colbert goes easier on Trump, will the stars be as  easy-going in their acceptance speeches? The folks at The Hollywood Reporter have their own predictions about how the evening will go.

Via The Hollywood Reporter.

Like it or not, Stephen Colbert has been one of entertainment's biggest beneficiaries of the "Trump bump," enjoying a significant ratings boost thanks to his relentless and hilarious bashing of the president — most notoriously describing him as a carrying case for a particular part of Vladimir Putin's anatomy.

But will Colbert bring his anti-Trump shtick to TV's big party? And if so, how will it play beyond decidedly liberal Hollywood? The anti-Trumpers in the room will be laughing hysterically and the pro-Trumpers (if any) will probably pretend to. But what about all those people in the red states who've made NCIS TV's top-rated drama? The president still enjoys the support of more than a third of the electorate, and that translates to a lot of viewers. And even among liberals, a certain amount of Trump fatigue may be setting in. Not to mention that it's far easier to stay light-hearted mocking crowd sizes and tweets than the threat of nuclear war and the expulsion of hard-working immigrants.

To be sure, political statements have long been a factor in awards shows. The most emotional moment of this year’s Golden Globes was Meryl Streep's powerful condemnation of Trump, whom she pointedly declined to name, for mocking a disabled reporter. And while widely controversial at the time, some of the most memorable incidents from past Oscar broadcasts saw Marlon Brando sending Sacheen Littlefeather in his place to protest the treatment of Native Americans, Vanessa Redgrave denouncing "Zionist hoodlums" who were picketing her appearance, and Michael Moore denouncing a "fictitious president" for "sending us to war for fictitious reasons."

Colbert represents a marked contrast to such relatively benign recent Emmy hosts as Jimmy Fallon, Andy Samberg and Neil Patrick Harris. It's a safe bet that he'll lob plenty of zingers at Trump while not neglecting to lampoon the likes of Keeping Up with The Kardashians, Game of Thrones and Dancing with the Stars. You can also count on one of the biggest cheers of the evening for presenter (and probable winner) Alec Baldwin, who, like Colbert, has seen a career rejuvenation courtesy of Trump.

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