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Fame and celebrity

Politics looms large at Emmy Awards, as the rise of Trump gets blamed on TV and his ex-producer

PUBLISHED : Monday, 19 September, 2016, 1:34pm
UPDATED : Monday, 19 September, 2016, 11:02pm

The race for the White House took centre stage at the Emmy Awards on Sunday with plenty of jabs at Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump, who was even compared to Adolf Hitler.

Julia Louis-Dreyfus, who won her fifth consecutive statuette for her role as president in HBO’s

Veep, set the tone for the evening apologising for “the current political climate.”

“I think that Veep has torn down the wall between comedy and politics,” she said as she accepted her award. “Our show started out as a political satire, but now seems like a documentary.

“So, I certainly do promise to rebuild that wall and make Mexico pay for it.”

Host Jimmy Kimmel also pulled no punches, at one point referring to Trump’s wife Melania as “Malaria.”

“If it wasn’t for television, would Donald Trump be running for president?” Kimmel said, blaming the creator of Trump’s show The Apprentice, producer Mark Burnett.

“No. He would be at home quietly rubbing up against his wife Malaria while she pretends to be asleep.”

I am going with Trump, which is why I am saying we should get rid of all Hispanic and Muslim actors
Comic Aziz Ansari

But perhaps the strongest denunciation of Trump came from Transparent creator Jill Soloway, who likened the bombastic billionaire to Hitler.

“He is a complete dangerous monster and any time I can call out Trump for being an inheritor to Hitler, I will,” Soloway said.

She went on to blast Trump for “Otherising people with a capital O.”

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“He calls women pigs if they don’t look like beauty pageant contestants, he blames Muslims and Mexicans for our problems, he makes fun of disabled people,” she said angrily.

Emmy-winning comedian and writer Aziz Ansari took a more humorous line, saying he wanted everyone to know that “after careful consideration, I decided I am going with Trump, which is why I am saying we should get rid of all Hispanic and Muslim actors.”

The politically charged show also featured a surprise cameo from ex-presidential hopeful Jeb Bush, who appeared as a limo driver in a pre-taped sketch segment, asking Kimmel what it’s like to be nominated.

“I’m in between jobs right now,” says Bush, sporting a cap. “You know you can make $12 an hour driving for Uber?”