TV Academy Under Fire for Red Carpet Antics

DaytimeEmmysWe did not catch any of the Webcast-only Daytime Emmy pre-show festivities over the weekend. And after reading TVLine editor-at-large Matt Webb Mitovich’s scathing summary, we’re extra glad about that:

When it was announced that this year’s Daytime Emmys would be streamed online (and not broadcast), surely no one imagined that the accompanying red carpet pre-show would set the bar so unacceptably low, with an interview team that would lob rape “jokes,” talk about “go[ing] lesbian” for one actress and quite possibly not recognize more than five of the people they spoke to.

Sunday’s four-woman team of would-be Joan’s and Melissa’s was found via a “Millenials” casting call and consisted of: Brittany Furlan, Lauren Elizabeth, Jessica Harlow and Meghan Rosette.

Mitovich says Furlan came on to every male interview subject in a way that greatly exceeded the bounds of acceptable red-carpet playfulness. Culminating with Furlan saying to one attendee, Ryan Paevey (who plays Nathan on General Hospital): “We’re going to get you away from us before we rape you.”

Yikes. The National Academy of Television Arts and Sciences (NATAS) – an organization that is separate from its similarly named, west coast Primetime Emmys counterpart – is being pressured to apologize for this train wreck. At press time, that does not appear to have yet happened.

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