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“The world’s gone a bit crazy … when somebody like me, a nobody from nowhere, gets this gig just cause I don’t like men.” —Out comedian Hannah Gadsby, presenter at the Emmys on Sept. 17.

“The Handmaid’s Tale takes place in an imaginary future where an entire group of people is violently forced to work and make babies against their will. It’s what black people call history. It’s ‘Roots’ for white women.” —Comedian Michael Che opening the Emmys Sept. 17.

“I lay there, annoyed that I was getting fucked by a guy with Yeti pubes and a dick like the mushroom character in Mario Kart.” —Porn actress Stormy Daniels on sleeping with Donald Trump in her upcoming book Full Disclosure, via The Guardian.


There were big moments among the surprises during the low-key 70th Primetime Emmy Awards at the Microsoft Theater Sept. 17, including the dearth of Trump and #MeToo references. The opening musical number, “We Solved It,” noted TV’s diversity—a record 36 nonwhite actors nominated this year—featuring SNL stars Kenan Thompson and Kate McKinnon, with Kristen Bell, Tituss Burgess, Sterling K. Brown, Ricky Martin and brief appearances from the token “straight white guy” Andy Samberg and telephone prop-holding RuPaul. Indeed, four of the eight stars who opened the show were openly gay—but the RuPaul phone tells Thompson the diversity problem has not been solved. As if to underscore the point, the first winner was white straight Henry Winkler. And Sandra Oh was expected to make history by becoming the first Asian woman to win a Lead Actress Emmy—but that didn’t happen.   LGBT references fared better, including a nod to legendary producer Craig Zadan in “In Memoriam.” RuPaul’s Drag Race made history, winning Outstanding Reality Competition Program and Outstanding Host for a Reality or Reality-Competition Program in the same year—and securing five Emmys altogether for its 10th season. But the most explicit LGBT speech came from Ryan Murphy, who won for Outstanding Directing for a Limited Series, Movie, or Dramatic Special and Outstanding Limited Series or Movie for FX’s “The Assassination of Gianni Versace: American Crime Story”—Darren Criss won Lead Actor for his role as gay killer Andrew Cunanan. “The Assassination of Gianni Versace is about homophobia, internalized and externalized,” Murphy said acceptance his Emmy. “One out of every four LGBTQ people in this country will be the victim of a hate crime. We dedicate this award to them … And mostly this is for the memory of [Andrew Cunanan’s victims] Jeff [Trail] and David [Madson] and Gianni, and for all those lives taken too soon.”

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