The performers danced and sang their way through the performance, which tackled the issue head-on. The lyrics implied that because there were so many nominees of color, such as Issa Rae, Donald Glover, Sandra Oh and more, the problem was more or less abolished.
“We’ve gotten with the times/ There’s room for all our voices, but mostly Shonda Rhimes,” sang SNL‘s Thompson, who was accompanied by his co-star Kate McKinnon, a white lesbian woman. “Welcome Asian people, we gave you that one show/ Who can forget the amazing Sandra Oh?”
Brooklyn Nine-Nine star Andy Samberg tried to barge in to the performance, however, as straight white man, he was unable to join the musical number. At the closing’s end, drag queen extraordinaire RuPaul joined in to alert the audience that the diversity issue was certainly not solved.
Judging by the winners at last night’s event, the latter sentiment rings true. Twitter was none too pleased about the amount of white winners at the awards. It looks as though the Television Academy needs to practice what they preach.
Watch the opening performance above.
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The public: Diversity is the wave in 2018!
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