At the 69th annual Emmy awards on Sunday night, Dolly Parton looked pretty uncomfortable when her “9 to 5” co-stars, Jane Fonda and Lilly Tomlin, took the opportunity onstage to get political.
“We still refuse to be controlled by a sexist, egotistical, lying, hypocritical bigot,” Tomlin said. Dolly Parton’s face says it all — her eyes get wide, and her mouth twists into a bit of a grimace.
Dolly is all of us. She politely stays quiet as she is stuck between two liberal women onstage, facing an audience of Hollywood elites who clap and cheer whenever someone jabs the president.
The aforementioned incident wasn’t the only time things got political last night. Grabien News has a great roundup of the top 10 eye-roll moments, a few of which I’ll mention here.
Steven Colbert, who was emceeing Sunday night’s shindig, kicked off the show by ranting about Donald Trump for five minutes straight.
During her acceptance speech, “Saturday Night Live’s” Kate McKinnon thanked Hillary Clinton, whom the actress famously portrayed on the NBC variety show, for her “grace and grit.”
The Television Academy patted itself on the back and played a montage of all the diverse faces working in the television industry.
Okay, we get it.
The capstone of the evening was when Hulu’s “The Handmaid’s Tale” won an Emmy award for Best Drama. The series is based on a book of the same title about the dystopian country of Gilead, a theocratic, totalitarian regime in the not-so-distant future where fertile women are forced to bear children for the elites.
The show itself is quite good and worth your time, but it’s taken on a larger-than-life quality among liberals, who have been dressing up as handmaidens to protest things — because in 2017 everything you don’t like is a dystopian horror show. And abortion advocates decided to capitalize on the show’s success by making it all about them.
— NARAL (@NARAL) September 18, 2017
— Planned Parenthood (@PPact) September 18, 2017
This circular fan club is so gross. Get a room.
We should also talk about the fact that Elisabeth Moss, the star of “The Handmaid’s Tale” who fancies herself as a feminist, belongs to the church of Scientology, which allegedly forces women to undergo abortions. I’ll let Yashar Ali of New York Magazine explain it with these tweets.
In a piece entitled “Isn’t It Relevant That the Star of The Handmaid’s Tale Belongs to a Secretive, Allegedly Oppressive Religion?” Anna Merlan of Jezebel’s “The Muse” writes.
But women who have left Scientology detail a series of abuses against women: a Tampa Bay Times story in 2010 detailed an alleged pattern of forced abortions for women in the Sea Org; a lawsuit against the church by one woman who says she was forced to have an abortion has been mired in complicated court proceedings since 2009. More recently, the public learned that celebrity Scientologist Danny Masterson is being investigated for sexual assault; all three women making the accusations allege that they were pressured by Scientology not to publicize what they say happened to them. (Masterson has denied the sexual assault allegations and a representative for him called them a scheme to boost ratings for Remini’s show.)
This description of the church could almost double as a plot synopsis of the Hulu show Moss stars in, which makes her ascension to “feminist kween” within the collective liberal psyche all the more odd.
In 2017, nothing is sacred from politics. Celebrities can’t even get through a lousy awards show without making it all about the president they hate so much. And the biggest hypocrites among them are crowned as beacons of a certain set of “virtues” that include dumping human babies in the garbage.