'A Really Low Blow': McEnany Blasts Religious Joke Made at 'Irrelevant' Emmys
Kayleigh McEnany said Tuesday on Fox & Friends that the joke made by Emmy Awards co-host Michael Che comparing Republicans to crackheads was just another reason why awards show ratings have been declining.
During his opening monologue, Che, a cast member on "Saturday Night Live," said that his mother wasn't going to be watching because people don't thank Jesus enough during "white" award shows.
"That’s true," he said. "The only white people that thank Jesus are Republicans and ex-crackheads."
The swipe was met with a wave of backlash on social media, with many infuriated that Che mocked Christianity for political reasons.
Michael Che - do not knock JC - Jesus is just all right with me. #emmys
— Mary Beth Coudal (@MaryBethC) September 18, 2018
McEnany, spokesperson for the Republican National Committee, said on Tuesday that the Emmys have become "irrelevant" and that it's no surprise that the show is rated so low.
"That shot at Jesus and at Christians, that was just a really low blow, drawing the comparison between Republicans and crackheads," she said.
it's almost like colin jost and michael che realized we didn't want them to start the emmys
— E. Alex Jung (@e_alexjung) September 18, 2018
Democratic strategist and Fox News contributor Jessica Tarlov agreed with McEnany, saying that the while people shouldn't associate Che's remarks with "the new left," attacking Christians was "disrespectful."
"I think being respectful of anyone's faith is critical," she said, adding that there was "no need" for Che's comments.
A number of other social and political statements were made by celebrities at this year's Emmy Awards.
"Black-ish" star Jennifer Lewis wore a Nike sweater to the event "to applaud" the company for its campaign centered around former NFL quarterback Colin Kaepernick.
— Entertainment Tonight (@etnow) September 17, 2018
Additionally, director Jesse Peretz’s wife, Sarah Sophie Flicker, appeared on the red carpet with the words "STOP KAVANAUGH" and the U.S. Senate's phone number written on her arm, evidently in response to the sexual assault allegations made against the Supreme Court nominee.
— Cynthia Littleton (@Variety_Cynthia) September 17, 2018