The Promise of a Neutral Awards Show – The Emmys

Stephen Colbert, Host of the 2017 Emmys, photo John Filo CBS

 

If you want to hear bashing of the President of our Country just turn on any late night program, SNL, CNN or talk radio.

If you want to cause an uproar on social media and gather exponential vitriolic comments, simply offer a divisive political post that would make your friends wonder what just happened to you and if your account was hacked.

But if you sit down to enjoy an Emmys award show honoring the accomplishments of some of the greatest actors of our generation and all you hear are rips on our current President, whether you love or hate him, you know this ain’t right.

But when 75% of an opening monologue is devoted to one person it sets a pretty exponential pattern, which unfolded through the entire ceremony last night, culminating in legendary actresses stating some very harsh and offensive things.

 

Tomlin, Parton, Fonda Reunite for Emmys. Did you hear what they said? Wow. Photo Kevin Winter, Getty Images

 

It is no secret – Hollywood is liberal.  We get it.  You’ve made your opinions known, often more subtly, at the Academy Awards, Grammy’s, Tony’s, and with every George Clooney and Rosie O’Donnell interview.

But come on!  Let me just have one show, one night, where it isn’t about the suggested incompetency of our sitting President and instead just offers what is the unspoken promise we just assumed was there:

A neutral night of entertainment!

Why is it important that the commercial delivers the reality which was promised?   Because without over-exceeded expectations we aren’t coming back!

I admire Stephen Colbert as a great man, a devout, religious, loving husband and father.  The man is incredibly talented and smart.  I don’t necessarily enjoy the amount of time he devotes to bashing Trump on his show, but that’s his show, he can do what he wants.

But to many people, Awards Shows are their shows.  A place for cheering, celebrating, and few to no references to religion, politics, or anything potentially offensive.  That’s the expectation, that’s what is the unspoken promise.

Yet, producers and writers of The Emmys, you would think there would be plenty that doesn’t need to be said politically and just let us be entertained.  A room full of talented stars and we’re talking about someone who’s not there?  Why?  If you’re so sick of the power he usurps then why do you keep giving him the power, focus, and energy?

Just entertain us!

Perhaps you, reader, feel differently, but this blog is about keeping promises, and the Emmys certainly didn’t keep theirs last night to me, The Audience.  It just solidifies the unfortunate inevitable decline and demise of a once promising show that I won’t be tuning into again.

Begs the question: How do you keep your Promise to your Audience, and if you’ve lost your audience (ie clients) recently what might be the reasons why?

 

~ jason

 

Jason Hewlett, CSP (Certified Speaking Professional), CPAE Speaker Hall of Fame, is a Keynote Speaker for the largest corporate events in the world. His primary message, The Promise, is essential for Leadership, Management, Sales, Marketing, Direct-Sales Companies, and is a combination of engagement and entertainment meets inspiration.  Jason has even received standing ovations from IT guys.  He has been acknowledged as life-changing by Conference Attendees, C-Level Executives and Hollywood Elite.  jasonhewlett.com

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Comments

  1. Tammy

    I chose not to watch the Emmys because of this. Some of Hollywood, Broadcasters are pressured by their piers and Broadcast owners to continue to do this. Enough is enough. I made a promise to myself to not engage in supporting this behavior. I appreciate your thoughts on this. I also enjoyed seeing you at the RFMA conference earlier this year in Orlando. Thanks for keeping your promise!

  2. I’ve stopped watching the late night shows…at least the monologues…for the same reason. Whether you hate Trump or love him, when a comedian keeps pressing that same key on the keyboard over and over it becomes, well, monotonous.

    I think one of the promises entertainers make is to keep things fresh. It’s something you have to work at. I know I need to work it every year.

    Thanks for always keeping it fresh and real, Jason!

  3. Jason,

    Unlike some of the other comments, I don’t watch late night shows. Not because I don’t agree with them bringing politics in their entertainment show or the fact they say negative, disgusting and degrading remarks – nope, it’s because I am old and usually sawing wood at that time of night LOL.

    However, this blog kinda ties in with a previous blog titled “The RV Trip Promise”. Now that blog was FUNNY but most importantly, you made a bad situation good. You found the silver lining. The glass of water was half full – staying positive, regardless of the bad things happening around you.

    I wish these entertainers and sports athletes could model themselves after you.

    What makes you different? You are a man of good character, high morals, humility and ethics. It appears you work real hard to always do what’s right, keeping your promise to your family, your community and your followers.

    It’s a pleasure knowing you and it’s no surprise that you inspire others so much, they try to model themselves to be like you (I am one of them people)

    Keep being the lighthouse and being Jason Hewlett!!!

    Wishing you and your family all the best!

    Bob

    • Jason Hewlett

      Wow Bob, thank you for this amazingly kind sentiment. I honor your family and the way you have kept it all together amid the challenges, admire you more than you realize, and so excited to see you in a month!

  4. Mark kamp

    Amen my friend. I hope this goes viral. Along with your next blog anount the Pittsburgh Steelers. Omg now we can’t even escape with sports.

  5. Jana Kamp

    Amen my friend. I hope this goes viral. Along with your next blog anount the Pittsburgh Steelers. Omg now we can’t even escape with sports.

  6. Bill Freeze

    I have quit watching late night TV…mainly because they aren’t funny….mostly stupid and crass humor. Steve Colbert is the worst…vulgar, ego manic and I wouldn’t walk across the street to see him if you paid me $1,000. Jason most of these people have a big liberal agenda….they are still mad from the election….. and they are going to be even madder when the President is re-elected in 3 years…..that’s my take!

    • Jason Hewlett

      Yes, their liberal agenda gets in the way of good entertainment, it’s too bad, because I don’t care what side you’re on as long as it doesn’t interfere with my viewing! Thanks Bill.

    • Jason Hewlett

      I haven’t liked a lot of presidents from my lifetime and others I’ve read about, but I’ve always respected them, the office, the position. Thank you for commenting.

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