TV

The Canadian Press - ONLINE EDITION

Daytime Emmys bid for social-media appeal draws criticism for rape, race jokes

  • Print

LOS ANGELES, Calif. - When four social media divas were handed red-carpet and backstage interviewing duties for the Daytime Emmys, the result was anything but Hollywood magic.

The women who hosted the Emmy pre-show Sunday appeared largely ignorant about the actors and series that were being honoured, instead unleashing attempts at bawdy humour that made sport of topics including rape and an actor's race.

Their efforts made the usual red-carpet banter look scholarly by contrast.

The aftermath included harsh criticism for hosts Brittany Furlan, Lauren Elizabeth, Jessica Harlow and Meghan Rosette, who were described by Emmy organizers before the ceremony as "well-respected social media gurus" with big followings.

The show's producer and the National Academy of Television Arts & Sciences likely saw them as a chance to put a more youthful face on Emmys that were streamed, not televised, when they failed to find a network or cable home in the face of dwindling interest.

Instead, as one website devoted to daytime serials said in a headline, the hosts created a "Red Carpet Train Wreck."

They "know nothing about daytime television, came unprepared to the red carpet, conducted themselves in a very unprofessional manner, spewed profanity, a rape joke and a racist remark," said soaps.com.

Here Media, the show's producer, didn't respond Monday to requests for comment from the company and from the four hosts it featured. NATAS officials were en route back to New York from the Beverly Hills ceremony and not immediately available for comment, a spokesman said.

"General Hospital" star Ryan Paevey, making his first red carpet appearance, said Monday that he had expected to encounter questions about daytime TV and good wishes for the evening. Instead, he got misfired humour from Furlan and Elizabeth that ended with Furlan saying, "We're going to get you away from us before we rape you."

Such remarks "kind of derailed the spirit of the evening," Paevey said.

But the actor, while condemning any joke about sexual assault as unacceptable, said he was taken aback by angry "crusades" against Furlan on social media and even by the amount of sympathy he was getting.

If an apology is due, Paevey said, it is a general one for hosts' red-carpet and backstage behaviour, especially the comments made to "Bold and the Beautiful" star Lawrence Saint-Victor.

The African-American actor was asked, "What's it like to be a black man on a soap opera these days?" and called "a beautiful chocolate man."

While such comments remained outside the ceremony ballroom, the unfettered effects of being away from TV showed inside as well. Some, including presenter Sharon Osbourne, let expletives fly onstage, and there were winners who rambled on without pressure from a network clock.

___

Lynn Elber is a national television columnist for The Associated Press. She can be reached at lelber@ap.org and on Twitter at http://twitter.com/lynnelber.

___

Online:

http://emmyonline.org

Fact Check

Fact Check

Have you found an error, or know of something we’ve missed in one of our stories?
Please use the form below and let us know.

* Required
  • Please post the headline of the story or the title of the video with the error.

  • Please post exactly what was wrong with the story.

  • Please indicate your source for the correct information.

  • Yes

    No

  • This will only be used to contact you if we have a question about your submission, it will not be used to identify you or be published.

  • Cancel

Having problems with the form?

Contact Us Directly
  • Print

You can comment on most stories on winnipegfreepress.com. You can also agree or disagree with other comments. All you need to do is be a Winnipeg Free Press print or e-edition subscriber to join the conversation and give your feedback.

You can comment on most stories on winnipegfreepress.com. You can also agree or disagree with other comments. All you need to do is be a Winnipeg Free Press print or e-edition subscriber to join the conversation and give your feedback.

Have Your Say

New to commenting? Check out our Frequently Asked Questions.

Have Your Say

Comments are open to Winnipeg Free Press print or e-edition subscribers only. why?

Have Your Say

Comments are open to Winnipeg Free Press Subscribers only. why?

The Winnipeg Free Press does not necessarily endorse any of the views posted. By submitting your comment, you agree to our Terms and Conditions. These terms were revised effective April 16, 2010.

letters

Make text: Larger | Smaller

LATEST VIDEO

The greening of Elphaba the Wicked Witch in Wicked

View more like this

Photo Store Gallery

  • Marc Gallant / Winnipeg Free Press. Local- Weather standup. Sundog. Refraction of light through ice crystals which caused both the sun dog and and fog along McPhillips Road early Wednesday morning. 071205.
  • Marc Gallant / Winnipeg Free Press. Local- WINTER FILE. Snowboarder at Stony Mountain Ski Hill. November 14, 2006.

View More Gallery Photos

Poll

Did you suffer any damages from Thursday's storm?

View Results

View Related Story

Ads by Google