Well, the Emmys are still on an hour after they should have ended, so perhaps it's fitting that they started scraping the bottom of the barrel. We have now entered the unfunny, sexist part of the program.
While winning his own award, Stephen Colbert kicked things off by making light of the fact that his show only employs one female writer. Cool? He thanked his writers—those guys—and one woman. He added, "Sorry about that, for some reason." Oh yeah why the hell should you be ashamed about have ONE WOMAN IN THAT ENTIRE BIG ASS GROUP YOU HAVE ON STAGE? (Side note: earlier this year, when his one female writer Meredith Scardino announced she was leaving for a new Tina Fey project, the Colbert team scrambled to find a female writer to replace her. They put out a huge call for submission packets from women only — several women known to members of the Jezebel staff responded to that submission call, and one woman was ultimately hired to replace Scardino as she left. Why? Because, I suspect, Colbert knows exactly why he should apologize for a lack of diversity in his writers' room. Otherwise, his team wouldn't have acted so decisively to prevent it from getting really pathetic.)
We then transitioned into Sofia Vergara introducing the President of the Academy of Television Arts & Sciences. Instead of the usual boring spiel the President gives every year, they decided to throw Sofia Vergara on a spinning platform while giving the same boring spiel. She was treated like a literal object. And we're not the only ones that noticed.
"Always giving the viewers something compelling to watch" - and incredibly sexist. And that was the head of the Academy. pathetic.
— Melissa Silverstein (@melsil) August 26, 2014
— Cori Murray (@corimurray) August 26, 2014
Hollywood: "Hollywood isn't sexist" *puts sofia on a literal pedestal and spins her around like a car*
— Terence Johnson (@LeNoirAuteur) August 26, 2014
Do better, everyone. After all, you don't want to make Julianna Marguiles a liar: she won Lead Actress in a Drama and immediately said, "What a wonderful time for women on television."