Last Sunday the Emmy 2021. No one can deny that this year’s was a controversial ceremony in several ways. On the one hand, as often happens in major awards ceremonies, the award-winning actors were pure white people, with talented actors of color such as Uzo Aduba, Mj Rodriguez, or Jonathan Majors.
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Another controversy that arose occurred when Seth Rogen was commissioned to give the award for Best Supporting Actress in a Comedy Series. The winner was Hannah Waddingham for her role in Ted Lasso – 100%, but definitely the comedian decided to steal the spotlight by criticizing the anti-COVID-19 measures of the ceremony. He basically said that the security protocols were not adequate for an event like that. The actor said they were lied to and that he would not have attended if he knew it was going to be indoors and not an open space. Furthermore, he said:
There are too many of us in this little room. What are we doing?
Needless to say, his words ignited like wildfire on the internet. Shortly after the event, everyone was criticizing the Emmy on social networks and their decision to do a face-to-face event without the proper measures and with a pandemic that has no face to stop. The reality is that the words of Rogen they made several assume that the event was unfair with the actors, by not telling them that it was not going to be in an open space and that the minimum measures were not taken; that is, to test the guests before entering the venue, use antibacterial gel and maintain a healthy distance, among other things.
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Now we know that the disloyal and liar could be Seth Rogen. Ian Stewart and Reginald Hudlin, producers of the event, had the opportunity to discuss that situation with Variety in a recent interview. The reality is that neither of them took what the actor said well and ensured that all the necessary protocols were followed. The alarming, for Rogen, the thing is Stewart confirmed what was suspected; what the actor said was not in the script and he went to a rehearsal hours before so he knew exactly where the ceremony was going to take place.
We have worked for months and months to make a safe space. We have worked with the health authorities […] Those tables were separate. All were vaccinated. Everyone in the audience tested negative. […] And we also did rehearsals. So he knew exactly what it was. So it felt like an unfortunate setback on his part. It took three months of very hard work and many, many discussions to get it all right felt wasted. […] We wanted the audience to know how safe it was there. We work in the industry, we are desperately aware of COVID. I have done approximately 50 productions during the pandemic and no one has gotten sick. So it was deeply frustrating.
Definitely, what the actor said is a joke that is not going to age well. In fact, in an interview for Good Morning Britain, the actor had already acknowledged that much of his humor has not stood the test of time:
Saying horrible things is bad, so if you have said something terrible then it is something that you should confront in some way. I don’t think that’s a culture of cancellation. It’s you saying something terrible if that’s what you did. There are certain jokes that haven’t really aged well, but I think that’s part of the nature of comedy. I think conceptually those movies are untouchable and I think there is a reason why they have lasted and people are still watching and enjoying them now. Pranks are not things that are necessarily made to last.
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