With the Emmys coming up on Sunday, who better to talk to then one of the people who chooses the winners?
The Hollywood Reporter talked to a member of the TV Academy, who gets to vote for the Emmy nominees and winners.
This anonymous voter, who identifies himself as an “old white guy,” is very honest with his critiques. He has a lot of unpopular opinions, and might be evidence that, like the Oscars, the Emmys need to stir some diversity in their pool of voters.
Here’s what some people had to say:
This "brutally honest Emmy voter" interview is a fascinating study in oblivious white-male grievance. https://t.co/t6JAu2Mane
— Mark Harris (@MarkHarrisNYC) September 13, 2017
Never seen a better argument for more diversity on voting orgs than this interview w/an "old white guy" Emmy voter https://t.co/MhO2HBmW8R
— David Chen (@davechensky) September 13, 2017
Is brutally honest the new code for oblivious white guy? https://t.co/FwJdIULsVp
— Andrea Thompson (@areelofonesown) September 13, 2017
This is the definition of why Hollywood is the way it is and why it needs to CHANGE. https://t.co/Pu0JPJC9nW
— Anjelica Oswald (@thisisjelli) September 13, 2017
INJECT THIS IGNORANT HOGWASH DIRECTLY INTO MY VEINS https://t.co/i5N4acxHA3
— Alison Herman (@aherman2006) September 13, 2017
And below, we collected some of the most outrageous quotes from the interview:
“I really tried with ‘Westworld’, but while I was watching it — which I did because my wife loves it and I’m a good husband — I kept thinking to myself, “This is pretentious bulls—.”
“I’m very old-fashioned when it comes to comedies — I like them to be funny — and ‘Atlanta’ is not funny. It’s very creative — I’m a big Donald Glover fan, I think he’s a huge talent and I wish that show nothing but success — but it isn’t funny, at least to an old white guy like me.”
“I enjoy ‘Master of None’ more in theory than I do in practice; it’s just a little too preachy and sanctimonious. Similar thing with ‘Black-ish’: it’s funny, but I always feel like I’m being scolded and educated, and while I don’t mind John Oliver educating me about obscure things, I don’t need that from a network comedy. It just got a little too up its own ass this year.”
“I enjoy ‘Full Frontal’ and I feel like I have a duty to vote for it because the host [Samantha Bee] is a woman, but there’s a certain smugness about that show that doesn’t work for me.”
“Bill Maher? I love that show [‘Real Time’], and I’m tempted to vote for it just to push back against the oppressive political-correctness that he faced [after he used the N-word in one episode this past season].”
On ‘Fargo’ season 3: “What’s Obi-Wan’s name? He was terrific! And I fell in love with Carrie Coon — she’s replaced Scarlett Johansson as my hall-pass with my wife, and she was just sensational.”
Obi-Wan’s name is Ewan McGregor.
“I voted for ‘This Is Us’ because it was the most surprising of all of these [drama nominees] . . . I mean, they just posted a teaser clip from season two and I showed it to my wife and I was in tears. Also, it’s a network show — which means having to make more episodes than any of the others and having many more opportunities to belly flop — and I like TV networks. There’s something about them that harkens back to the days of ‘Ed Sullivan’ or Friends or ‘M*A*S*H’, when everyone across America watched the same thing. It made me feel good to see that happening again.”