I hadn’t planed on writing about the Daytime Emmy Awards, but after last night’s wild tornado of embarrassment, disrespect, and tastelessness, I couldn’t help myself. I think anyone who tuned in to the livestream of the 41st annual celebration can agree that the actual ceremony was not as horrible as the red carpet, which has been deemed the “worst red carpet show in history”. Let’s start by singling out some of the most memorable quotes from our four hosts, Brittany Furlan, Lauren Elizabeth, Jessica Harlow and Meghan Rosette.
#1. After shamelessly hitting on Ryan Paevey (Nathan, General Hospital), Furlan said “We should get you away from us before we rape you.” What? She should have been carted off the scene right then and there, but no, she was allowed to continue when she met
#2. Daniel Polo (Jamie, The Young and The Restless), and shouted “I don’t want to go to jail for this one”. The 18-year-old actor just laughed awkwardly.
#3. To Lawrence Saint-Victor (Carter, The Bold and the Beautiful), Harlow asked “What’s it like to be a black man on a soap opera these days?” What kind of question is that? Does she think African-Americans have only now made a break through in Daytime television?
#4. When Furlan met real-life couple Kristen Alderson (Kiki, General Hospital) and Chad Duell (Michael, General Hospital), she asked “Where are you going to have babies?” OK! You did not ask any couple that. Ever! Especially not on a during a live interview.
#5. To five-time Emmy winner, Heather Tom (Katie, The Bold and The Beautiful) who was also nominated last night, they said “I’d like to nominate your boobies for an Emmy!”
It was fairly obvious from the very first interview that these girls – or rather, “social media experts” knew nothing about Daytime television, let alone the stars. If the National Academy of Television Arts & Sciences (NATAS) wanted young and modern hosts they could have picked from the various soap bloggers who clearly have knowledge in both social media and most importantly, soap operas! Another alternative could have been to hire college students in broadcasting programs. At least then, they’d have some training and the appropriate knowledge to navigate them through the show. I assure you, they would have done their homework and Google search the hell of the nominees.
I think NATAS’ understanding of the “millennial generation” is extremely broad and stereotypical. Social media is not as important to this generation as people seem to believe. Or at the very least, not to the group of millennials that watch Daytime. The young people who are truly interested and loyal fans to the genre are general people who have grown up watching it with their families and thus already accustomed to the award show.
I don’t know what type of young person would watch an award ceremony for a genre they don’t follow simply because the hosts of the red carpet are popular are Vine. If you ask me, NATAS should focus more on how to keep the already-established fan base instead of attempting to solve a problem that doesn’t actually exist. Millennials who enjoy soap operas will watch the Daytime Emmys. But not if it’s going to be a pathetic and disrespectful display of stupid like last night.