In one of the opening skits of the 2016 Emmy Awards, Jimmy Kimmel rides in a limo driven by failed GOP presidential candidate Jeb Bush. Kimmel asks Bush for any advice before going on to possibly win an Emmy, and Bush responds with a nab at Donald Trump: “If you run a positive campaign, the voters will ultimately make the right choice… Jimmy, that was a joke, and shave that wig off your face, you godless Hollywood hippie.”
This running theme became consistent throughout the night. Liberal Hollywood celebrities and stars targeted Trump and his campaign, while also giving a few praises to Hillary Clinton.
“Many have asked who’s to blame for Donald Trump and I’ll tell you who, he’s sitting right there, that guy – Mark Burnett,” Kimmel said to the Hollywood elite in attendance. “Thanks to Mark Burnett we don’t have to watch reality shows anymore , we’re living in one.” Burnett was one of the founding producers of the “Apprentice” franchise.
“Who do you have lined up to fill in the spot on the Supreme Court,” Kimmel cracked. “Miley Cyrus or CLo?”
Julia Louis-Dreyfus, who snagged her fifth Emmy Award win for best comedy actress for her role in “Veep,” derailed in her speech to apologize how American politics has been:
“I’d also like to take this opportunity to personally apologize for the current political climate. I think that ‘Veep’ has torn down the wall between comedy and politics. Our show started out as a political satire but it now feels more like a sobering documentary… I promise to rebuild that wall and make Mexico pay for it.”
Comedian Aziz Ansari mocked Trump’s Muslim immigrant ban proposal:
“After careful consideration, I’ve decided I’m going with Trump — which is also why I’m recommending we get rid of all Muslim and Hispanic nominees from the ceremony immediately… Mom, Dad … you need to be escorted out right now.”
“Transparant” creator Jill Soloway spoke to reporters backstage after winning her Emmy, where she compared Trump to Hitler . She says that Donald Trump is “the most dangerous monster to ever approach our lifetime. He’s a complete dangerous monster and at any moment that I have to call him out for being an inheritor of Hitler, I will.”
Courtney B. Vance won for best actor in a limited series for the show “The People v. O.J. Simpson: American Crime Story,” and ended his acceptance speech with “Obama out! Hillary in!” Check out the video clips below:
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