The 2017 Emmys was full of memorable moments. There were a number of firsts, a lot of diversity, and even some funny moments. But what was missing from the TV awards ceremony was any mention of a number of icons during the tribute to late actors, crew and executives who has passed in the last year. Namely, Charlie Murphy and Dick Gregory were noticeably missing from this year’s in memoriam reel.
Viola Davis and Hamilton’s Christopher Jackson did the honor of introducing the tribute. Clips of the late Alan Thicke, comedienne Mary Tyler Moore, and Florence Henderson all flashed on the screen. But in the video’s finale, there was no Charlie Murphy or Dick Gregory.
Following the snub, many Twitter users expressed their frustrations online, scolding the Emmys for not acknowledging prominent figures in black culture. Rapper Common also said a few kind words in honor of the two. “Thinking of my brothers Dick Gregory + Charlie Murphy. I’ll never forget you. I miss you both,” he tweeted.
— COMMON (@common) September 18, 2017
— Nia Kay (@msniakay) September 18, 2017
Charlie Murphy began his acting career in the 80s, but rose to legendary status following his guests appearances on The Chappelle Show in 2006. His vibrant skits and impersonations of Prince and Rick James are still remembered to this day. Likewise, Dick Gregory was a successful comedian who rose to stardom in the 1950s. He has also been praised for his activism in the 60s.