Return With Us To The Thrilling(?) Days Of Yesteryear…

I always thought it was called Throwback Thursday, a day I was encouraged to participate in by someone once close to me who would typically find the time to post some sort of memory from their past and amplify their social media following,  Frequently, those memories were from provocative modeling shoots.  I kinda liked those throwback days.  I’m aware enough to know that fad has now faded, I suppose because even the most prolific of us only have a finite amount of old pictures that wouldn’t get us banned from many platforms.

But yeseterday sure seemed like it was a Throwback Monday, both in a good way and, depending upon your POV, a not-so-good one.

If you were among those who cared enough to watch the Emmy Awards, you were probably in the camp that saw it as a triumphant tribute both to its immediate and distant past.  The Diamond Anniversary broadcast, delayed from September due to the dual strikes but ironically held a mere ten days before the actual day of the initial ceremony (January 25, 1949), was generally lauded, in a manner akin to the praise heaped on it by GOLD DERBY’s Matthew Stewart:

Almost as soon as the 75th Primetime Emmys ceremony began, it became clear that the event’s organizers and the especially anxious nominees’ level of excitement for the return of TV’s highest honors matched that of the superfans watching at home. Although it was initially disappointing to learn that these award results would be delayed four whole months, it’s wonderful to now know that the creatives behind the programs we cherish have secured the rights and compensation they deserve and could celebrate tonight in true comfort. It’s also fitting that this long-awaited party marked 75 years of Emmys history, and host Anthony Anderson and his team couldn’t have done a better job of paying equal tribute to the television of yesterday and today.

Anderson showed the industry that yes, it IS possible to find a competent and well-received emcee for an awards show, especially if the group doing the bidding has the prestige of the Television Academy behind it.  Not only that, but as Stewart notes, the delayed date and the array of winners reinforced other positive memories among many of the recipients:

As these artists celebrated a return to form for their industry, Anderson and several other presenters made sure to continually highlight the fact that the ceremony coincided with Martin Luther King Jr. Day, which became an increasingly appropriate coincidence as multiple Black winners were crowned. Additionally, “Beef’s” success across five limited series categories fostered several groundbreaking achievements on the part of Asian individuals, making for a refreshingly diverse overall roster of victors that hopefully won’t feel as unusual in the years to come.

So we cheered extra hard for emotional winners such as those who THE WRAP’s Sharon Knolle chronicled:

Niecy Nash-Betts was in tears as she took the stage to accept her Outstanding Supporting Actress Emmy for playing the real-life Glenda Cleveland in Netflix’s “Dahmer – Monster: The Jeffrey Dahmer Story.” After thanking her wife, she said “I want to thank me for believing in me and doing what they said I could not do. Go on girl with your bad self. You did that.”

“Abbott Elementary” creator and star Quinta Brunson wiped away tears as she accepted her Lead Actress in a Comedy Series Emmy, following an appearance by comedy legend Carol Burnett. “Wow,” the actress said. “Thank you so much. I don’t even know why I’m so emotional. I think, like, the Carol Burnett of it all.”

The “Dead to Me” star Christine Applegate was moved to tears when she was welcomed to the stage with a standing ovation. Host Anthony Anderson helped escort her to the podium.  The actress has given up acting since she was diagnosed with multiple sclerosis in August 2021.

And since this ceremony was honoring shows that were on their air in the last six months of 2022, we also got a final victory lap from THE DAILY SHOW’s former host Trevor Noah, a one-time staple of daily late night TV–which has still not found a viable, acceptable replacement as we head smack dab into an election year and considering the priorities of its parent company these days, we’re not likely to see any sort of announcement to that end anytime soon.

We sure could have used that last night, considering the other results being announced that, sorry to say, probably attracted more live viewers than the pomp and circumstance that took place in Hollywood.

Especially the one that reminded us that, on the whole, we do NOT currently live a country that is overly open to celebrating diversity and accommodating talents with disabilties.  There were multiple standing ovations for this gladiator as he took his victory lap, which the “hometown” DES MOINES REGISTER’s Galen Bacharier doefully recounted:

Former President Donald Trump, who won the Iowa Caucuses, told supporters at his campaign’s watch party in Des Moines it was time for Americans of all political stripes “to come together.”

Then soon after, he called President Joe Biden the “worst president ever.”

Trump dove into common points from his administration he frequently touts on the trail in Iowa, pledging to “seal up the border” and stop an “invasion” of immigrants on the southern border; “straighten out” elections; and harness “liquid gold” oil for U.S. energy.  And he spent several minutes railing against cities, particularly Washington, D.C., for crime that he said Iowa had no familiarity with. 

“You don’t know about crime, you don’t know about getting mugged and getting whacked and getting thrown into subways,” Trump said.

I can’t seem to recall any time when Trump himself set foot in a subway himself, or was on the receiving end of a crime. Maybe he might have posted such a picture on a Throwback Thursday, since we know he spends a disproportionate amount of time on social media.  I guess I was distracted if that happened.

But based on the size and the intensity of the support that was thrown at his Cyrus-like feet last night, plenty of people seem to believe he might have, and actually are desiring more and more of his kind of behavior.  Even MSNBC was compelled to report that exit polls showed that two-thirds of Republican voters in Iowa actually were MORE likely to vote for him when incideniary statements about migrants and his opponent were attributed to him.  I’ve personally never seen the likes of Rachel Maddow and Chris Hayes look more defeated or aghast, and it’s only January.

It’s apparent that quite a number of folks indeed want to return back to another time than the present and celebrate its simplicity, much like the Emmys did last night.

Unfortunately, it seems to be more like 1933.

Until next time…

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