Stars at the 2017 Emmys Awards ceremony on Sunday evening got political during the show’s opening segment, with Stephen Colbert accusing President Trump of treason.
Colbert chatted with Allison Janney, who bitterly complained about the current state of the world.
The “Mom” actress mentioned global warming and fighting leaders, and joked that HBO was bringing back “the Confederacy,” in a reference to the issues which arose over HBO’s planned new controversial drama series “Confederate.” The premise of the series is that it takes place in an alternate reality where the South won the Civil War of 1861, slavery is legal, and a new Civil War is brewing.
Shortly after she said that, Colbert broke into a song about the virtues of television, at one point delivering the line, “Even treason’s better on TV,” as an image flashed of Russian president Vladimir Putin and President Trump.
Seeing that the treason accusation came not even five minutes into the show, it was obvious that this year’s Emmys would be the most politically-charged ever.
As Colbert continued his song, a chorus line of dancers dressed as handmaids from “The Handmaids Tale” — male and female — danced behind him.
Colbert later mock-chided voters for not giving Trump an Emmy for “The Apprentice,” telling the audience, “I thought you guys loved morally compromised antiheroes.”
He pointed out that Emmy voters handed out repeated awards to Bryan Cranston for playing drug kingpin Walter White on “Breaking Bad” — and then called Trump was “Walter Whiter.”
The opening came to a big finish when former White House spokesman Sean Spicer showed up, joking about the crowd size of the event in an parody of his own comments about President Trump’s inauguration crowd size.
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