James Corden Makes #EmmysSoWhite Joke at Emmys

Because of Betty White, or because of all the white winners?
By Evann Gastaldo,  Newser Staff
Posted Sep 17, 2018 8:35 PM CDT
James Corden: Let's Get #EmmysSoWhite Trending
James Corden during night one of the Television Academy's 2018 Creative Arts Emmy Awards at the Microsoft Theater on Saturday, Sept. 8, 2018, in Los Angeles.   (Photo by Phil McCarten/Invision/AP)

(Newser) – Before Regina King won an Emmy Monday night, there were an awful lot of white winners, which could be why James Corden declared upon taking the stage before King's win, "Let's get it trending: #EmmysSoWhite." Or it could be because Corden took the stage after Betty White was honored. Either way, the New Yorker's Emily Nussbaum tweeted that the joke was met with "nervous laughter." "James Corden's #EmmysSoWhite joke was funny and unfunny at the same time," tweeted Black Girl Nerds after his joke, but many on Twitter had already started tweeting the hashtag and pointing out the proliferation of white winners before Corden's comment. (For more Emmys coverage: Read about the opener, the night's winners, a buzzworthy red carpet sweatshirt, host Michael Che's "Reparation Emmys," or a winner who used his acceptance speech time in an unusual way.)

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