The extremely political 2017 Emmys broadcast was marked by countless jabs at Donald Trump, from the opening musical number onward, but Trump either didn’t take the bait or wasn’t watching the show. His Twitter account was silent on Sunday night.
The Emmys kicked off with Stephen Colbert, Anthony Anderson and Alison Janney discussing the state of the world, but it didn’t take long for the politically charged opener to zero in on Trump. The musical number was all about how TV is better than real life because it’s less distressing than current events — with a montage of various shows that have plots and themes that parallel current events.
The montage eventually landed on Keri Russell and Matthew Rhys decked out in their “The Americans” garb, singing the line “even treason’s better on TV,” before cutting to an image of Trump and Vladimir Putin.
After the music number, Colbert delivered his opening monologue on stage, firing off one Trump joke after another. Two specifically targeted Trump’s propensity for tweeting angrily about stuff he doesn’t like.
The first: “The industry is booming. There were over 450 original scripted shows. Of course, there’s no way anyone could watch that much TV — other than the president,” Colbert quipped. “He seems to have a lot of time for that sort of thing. Hello, sir, thanks for joining us. Looking forward to the tweets.”
The second actually referenced one of Trump’s past angry tweets about the Emmys. During the 2014 ceremony, Trump tweeted: “That Seth Meyers is hosting the Emmy Awards is a total joke. He is very awkward with almost no talent. Marbles in his mouth!” Then the show cut to Meyers in the audience, at which point Meyers spit out actual marbles.
Colbert also reminded us of Trump’s past grudge against the Emmys: “We all know the Emmys mean a lot to Donald Trump because he was nominated many times for ‘Celebrity Apprentice,’ but he never won an Emmy,” Colbert said. “Why didn’t you give him an Emmy? I bet if he won an Emmy he would never have run for president.”
From there it was an endless array of jokes and more earnest commentary at Trump’s expense, from Trump’s former press secretary Sean Spicer appearing onstage to make a joke about his own claims about the crowd size at Trump’s inauguration, to Donald Glover crediting Trump for his Best Actor in a Comedy win, and Alec Baldwin saying “Here, Mr. President, is your Emmy,” after Baldwin won a statue for his portrayal of Trump on “Saturday Night Live.”
Despite all that, Trump hasn’t taken the bait just yet — or, as mentioned previously, he just wasn’t watching. If we had to guess, though, we’d say Trump’s silence probably won’t last through the night.