Windy City Media Group Frontpage News
Celebrating 30 Years of Gay Lesbian Bisexual and Trans News
home search facebook twitter join
Gay News Sponsor Windy City Times 2018-04-18
DOWNLOAD ISSUE
About WCMG Publications News Index  Entertainment Features Bars & Clubs Calendar Videos Advertisers OUT! Guide    Marriage

Sponsor
Sponsor

  WINDY CITY TIMES

Politics, diversity dominate Emmys
2017-09-18

facebook twitter pin it google +1 reddit email


The 69th Primetime Emmy Awards, held Sept. 17, was historic in several ways—and, with Stephen Colbert hosting, featured a mix of humor and politics.

One of the historic developments that happened was out scribe Lena Waithe becoming the first Black woman to win the Emmy for Best Comedy Writing ( winning with Aziz Ansari for the show Master of None ). During her acceptance speech, Waithe said, "Thank you for embracing a little Indian boy from South Carolina and a little queer Black girl from the South Side of Chicago. Most of all, my LGBTQIA family—I see each and every one of you." Deadline reported that Waithe said backstage, "It means a lot to me to be a 'first.' What it does is it says that it's possible. I hope it opens people's eyes to give women of color a seat at the table so they can tell their story."

Lesbian actress/comedian Kate McKinnon's win was, indeed, political in nature, as she nabbed her second Emmy statue for her work ( for Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Comedy Series ) on Saturday Night Live—which included her dead-on impersonation as Hillary Clinton. ( Similarly, Alec Baldwin won the male version of the award for his performance as President Trump on the same program. )

Also, Netflix anthology series Black Mirror won Outstanding Television Movie for the episode "San Junipero," which features Gugu Mbatha-Raw and Mackenzie Davis as women who make a strong connection within a virtual-reality simulator. In winning, Black Mirror edged Sherlock and The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks, among other projects.

Hulu made history by becoming the first streaming service to take home an Outstanding Drama Series win, for The Handmaid's Tale, according to a press release from the network. Adapted from Margaret Atwood's 1985 thriller, the show won eight awards, including an Outstanding Lead Actress in a Drama Series win for Elisabeth Moss.

In other signs of diversity, This Is Us actor Sterling K. Brown became the first African-American performer in almost two decades to win lead actor in a drama. In addition, Riz Ahmed became the first Asian-American man to win an Emmy for his lead acting performance on the limited series The Night Of, which aired on HBO. Atlanta's Donald Glover became the first Black person to win an Emmy for directing for a comedy—and he also won the Outstanding Lead Actor in a Comedy Series award.

In a surprise move that was warmly received, Jane Fonda, Lily Tomlin and Dolly Parton ( the original cast of the movie 9 to 5 ) jointly appeared to present an award. Fonda and Tomlin currently co-star in the series Grace and Frankie.

Julia Louis-Dreyfus made history with her sixth consecutive Outstanding Lead Actress in a Comedy Series win for the same role: Selina Meyer on the show Veep. With her eighth Emmy overall, Louis-Dreyfus is now tied with Cloris Leachman for the most wins as a performer.

Colbert—who needles Trump constantly on his show—roasted the chief executive at the Emmys as well. At one point, Colbert said that Trump never got over not winning an Emmy for his reality show The Apprentice, stating, "Unlike the presidency, Emmys go to the winner of the popular vote." In addition, former White House press secretary Sean Spicer made a surprise appearance on a rolling podium.


facebook twitter pin it google +1 reddit email





Windy City Media Group does not approve or necessarily agree with the views posted below.
Please do not post letters to the editor here. Please also be civil in your dialogue.
If you need to be mean, just know that the longer you stay on this page, the more you help us.


  ARTICLES YOU MIGHT LIKE

Gay News

NUNN ON ONE MOVIES Peaches Christ, worshipping at altars of John Waters, Mink Stole 2018-04-18 - Director John Waters has influenced and created many movie stars over the years with an iconic career. Known as the Dreamlanders, many of ...


Gay News

GLAAD Media Awards honors Spears, Parsons 2018-04-18 - The GLAAD Media Awards took place April 12 in Los Angeles, with comedian/actress Wanda Sykes as host. GLAAD honored Britney Spears, Jim Parsons ...


Gay News

Ted Allen talks Dining Out for Life, 'Chopped' and 'Queer Eye' 2018-04-18 - Ted Allen was originally introduced to the country when he was one of the original quintet in Bravo network's television program Queer Eye ...


Gay News

Siskel showing 'Best of Black Harvest' 2018-04-18 - The Gene Siskel Film Center of the School of the Art Institute of Chicago announced increased funding for The Best of Black Harvest ...


Gay News

Billy Masters 2018-04-18 - "You know, and I will get fired for this, but I'm never going to say that I don't. I will get fired for ...


Gay News

NUNN ON ONE TV Ross Marquand on his gay character in 'The Walking Dead' 2018-04-17 - Hailing from Colorado, performer Ross Marquand grew up impersonating celebrities that eventually led to a career in voiceover work. His talents have been ...


Gay News

WORLD Anti-gay law, Middle East report, serial killer 2018-04-17 - In Trinidad and Tobago, judge Devindra Rampersad said sections of the Sexual Offences Act—which prohibited "buggery" and "serious indecency" between two men—criminalized consensual ...


Gay News

SHOWBIZ 'Pose,' Beyonce, 'Days of Our Lives,' Serena Williams 2018-04-17 - Television audiences got their first glimpse of FX's hotly anticipated, history-making series Pose with the release of the show's first trailer, The Huffington ...


Gay News

May Pride Film Fest "Celebrating Who We Are" May 8 2018-04-16 - Chicago, IL - FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Pride Films and Plays' eighth monthly festival of LGBTQ independent films will be screened on Tuesday, May ...


Gay News

Chicago Filmmakers Ribbon Cutting Ceremony April 28 2018-04-13 - Chicago Filmmakers invites the public to the opening of its new home, a 1928 Chicago Historic Landmark firehouse purchased from the city of ...


 



Copyright © 2018 Windy City Media Group. All rights reserved.
Reprint by permission only. PDFs for back issues are downloadable from
our online archives. Single copies of back issues in print form are
available for $4 per issue, older than one month for $6 if available,
by check to the mailing address listed below.

Return postage must accompany all manuscripts, drawings, and
photographs submitted if they are to be returned, and no
responsibility may be assumed for unsolicited materials.
All rights to letters, art and photos sent to Nightspots
(Chicago GLBT Nightlife News) and Windy City Times (a Chicago
Gay and Lesbian News and Feature Publication) will be treated
as unconditionally assigned for publication purposes and as such,
subject to editing and comment. The opinions expressed by the
columnists, cartoonists, letter writers, and commentators are
their own and do not necessarily reflect the position of Nightspots
(Chicago GLBT Nightlife News) and Windy City Times (a Chicago Gay,
Lesbian, Bisexual and Transegender News and Feature Publication).

The appearance of a name, image or photo of a person or group in
Nightspots (Chicago GLBT Nightlife News) and Windy City Times
(a Chicago Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual and Transgender News and Feature
Publication) does not indicate the sexual orientation of such
individuals or groups. While we encourage readers to support the
advertisers who make this newspaper possible, Nightspots (Chicago
GLBT Nightlife News) and Windy City Times (a Chicago Gay, Lesbian
News and Feature Publication) cannot accept responsibility for
any advertising claims or promotions.

 

 

 

TRENDINGBREAKINGPHOTOS

Sponsor
Sponsor


 



Sponsor

About WCMG Publications News Index  Entertainment Features Bars & Clubs Calendar Videos Advertisers OUT! Guide    Marriage


About WCMG      Contact Us      Online Front  Page      Windy City  Times      Nightspots      OUT! Guide     
Identity      BLACKlines      En La Vida      Archives      Subscriptions      Distribution      Windy City Queercast     
Queercast Archives      Advertising  Rates      Deadlines      Advanced Search     
Press  Releases      Event Photos      Join WCMG  Email List      Email Blast     
Upcoming Events      Todays Events      Ongoing Events      Post an Event      Bar Guide      Community Groups      In Memoriam      Outguide Categories      Outguide Advertisers      Search Outguide      Travel      Dining Out      Blogs      Spotlight  Video     
Classifieds      Real Estate      Place a  Classified     

Windy City Media Group produces Windy City Queercast, & publishes Windy City Times,
The Weekly Voice of the Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual and Trans Community,
Nightspots, Out! Resource Guide, and Identity.
5315 N. Clark St. #192, Chicago, IL 60640-2113 • PH (773) 871-7610 • FAX (773) 871-7609.