09.18.2018

More of the same: Despite self-referential jokes, the Emmys lacked diversity

More of the same: Despite self-referential jokes, the Emmys lacked diversity Photo by Phil McCarten/Invision/AP

Monday night’s Primetime Emmy Awards show on NBC opened with a clever song-and-dance number exuberantly called “We Solved It,” touting the diversity of this year’s nominees, with the twist being that nothing’s solved.

Want proof? Make way for a bunch of awards for a comedy about a white Jewish woman trying to reinvent herself in 1950s New York!

That would be Amazon’s quite enjoyable “The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel,” which took Emmys for comedy series, supporting actress (Alex Borstein), writing and directing for creator Amy Sherman-Palladino, and lead actress for Rachel Brosnahan — pronounced “Buh . . . Brazh-na-hahn,” by presenter Angela Bassett, who, like many of us, might have been hoping for a different winner, or was at least unprepared to say Brosnahan’s name.

While co-presenting a comedy acting award, actor Tracy Morgan remarked that “I’m only rooting for the black people.” In a later sketch, co-host Michael Che presented “reparations Emmys” to black sitcom actors of yore — Marla Gibbs of “The Jeffersons,” Jimmie Walker of “Good Times,” Kadeem Hardison of “A Different World,” Jaleel White of “Family Matters” and others.

Che’s funniest joke, in the opening monologue with co-host Colin Jost, was about a show like FX’s “Atlanta,” only it’s about white people and it’s called “15 Miles North of Atlanta,” which, Che said, “focuses on white women who call the police on the cast of ‘Atlanta.’ ”

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