We solved it, guys: The 2018 Emmy Awards opened with a musical number that celebrated just how diverse Hollywood is (not) now.
Stars like Kenan Thompson, RuPaul, Kate McKinnon, Sterling K. Brown, Kristen Bell, Ricky Martin, Tituss Burgess and Andy Samberg joined together on the Microsoft Theater stage Monday night to sing about what a wide range of voices are (not) running the entertainment industry, called “We Solved It.”
The jazzy number that started the 70th Annual Emmys was packed with insightful commentary about how far we’ve come in terms of race and gender equality — which isn’t very far, as they noted it’s still “mostly Shonda Rhimes.”
The group threw to Sandra Oh — who made history as the first woman of Asian descent to be nominated for lead actress in a drama series this year — in the audience at one point, with the “Killing Eve” star joking it’s “an honor just to be Asian.”
Thompson followed up proudly with, “There were none, now there’s one!”
Other gems included Brown promoting the political range of “democrat to liberal democrat” among his peers and Samberg sulking about wanting room in the song “for a straight white guy like me.”
The bit ended with Thompson being informed by phone that, unfortunately, they have not solved it, and RuPaul being insulted that he was brought up for “one line in a stupid skit,” saying, “Y’all ain’t right.”
Oh, well; maybe by next year, they will have “solved it.”
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