This year’s Emmy’s ceremony featured a new awards “category” meant to correct the “wrongs” against black actors who were never given the prize.
Michael Che, who co-hosted the 70th Primetime Emmy Awards Monday along with his “Saturday Night Live” costar, Colin Jost, introduced a segment he was naming the “Reparation Emmys.”
“You know, as a black comedian, for so many years, our TV legends and heroes have gone unrecognized,” Che said. “So this year as host, I took it upon myself to finally right some of those wrongs.”
What followed was a pre-taped segment as Che gave out real Emmys to a few who had never been honored with the trophy during their show’s runs, including Marla Gibbs from “The Jeffersons,” Jimmy Walker from “Good Times,” Tichina Arnold from “Martin,” Jaleel White from “Family Matters” and John Witherspoon from “The Wayans Bros.”
“We would like to present to you this reparations Emmy. Your role as Florence the maid is the reason why I got fired from every service job I’ve ever had,” Che told Gibbs as the clip began.
“Is this the real Emmy?!” Walker exclaimed as he was handed the award.
“Yes, the real thing,” Che replied.
“Man, I cannot believe this,” Walker said. “I just got one word for this thing. It is dynamic!”
“Steve Urkel was the original black nerd,” Che told actor Jaleel White. “Man, if it wasn’t for you, there would be no Donald Glover. There’d be no Kanye West. There would be no [Barack] Obama.”
“Did I do that?” White said with his signature line.
“It’s a reparation Emmy, it’s for you,” Che told Witherspoon who said he couldn’t have the award in his house.
“Reparation is not for an Emmy. It’s for 40 acres and a mule,” the star of “Next Friday” said. “Well get me 40 acres and a mule, I’ll take that.”
In a show touching on the greatest hits of the left, the Emmy Awards offered the usual racist jokes, attacks on conservatives, self-congratulatory speeches and an opening number focused on diversity. The running theme of anti-Christian humor was evident as well, following Che’s opening remarks that “the only white people that thank Jesus are Republicans and ex-crackheads.”
While the Christian-bashing was condemned by social media users, the “Reparation Emmys” got mixed reaction from viewers.
This was entertaining and funny but in truth it gave props to some great actors who created iconic characters
— Donte Newman (@1dontenewman) September 18, 2018
This was sad and entertaining at the same time
— Ron4lov????✊?❤️ (@Rhon4Lov) September 18, 2018
That was hilarious!!! ? I loved it! Thanks Michael Che! #Emmys
— Aaron J. (@TheRealAJ_) September 18, 2018
These Reparation Emmys ????
— king crissle (@crissles) September 18, 2018
Ugh. The reparation Emmys segment is kind of awful. #Emmys
— Rebecca Shuri She Ready Carroll (@rebel19) September 18, 2018
Ikr! Let’s not celebrate the best actors that deserve the awards, but let’s focus on the ones that weren’t as good, but let’s just say they didn’t get the #Emmys due to their skin color…
— Benji (@Benjammintoaltj) September 18, 2018
Are you joking? This was a mockery of all those actors and the ground they broke for other actors of color. If they really wanted to honor these actors, they should have done it with the same dignity every other Emmy winner gets. This was a bad skit, not a serious honor.
— Buddha Frog (@BuddhaFrog08) September 18, 2018
Reparation emmys? Click
— E. S. (@marthmydear) September 18, 2018
The Leftists need to come up with something original. The racist, white, Republicans lines are tired.
— D. S. Saint-Clair (@DerekkPara509th) September 18, 2018
An award for just being black. How embarrassing and degrading.
— Bellsprout (@BertieBrexit) September 18, 2018
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