Marla Gibbs, Michael Che

Last night's Emmy's telecast sparked debate on social media after Saturday Night Live comic Michael Che handed out "reparation Emmys" to old skool Black actors.

Che criticized the Emmy's 70-year history of ignoring worthy Black actors who he believed were worthy of Emmy Awards.

In a comedy skit, Che handed out awards to worthy actors including The Jeffersons star Marla Gibbs (pictured above); Jimmy Walker (Junior on Good Times); Jaleel White, whom he called "the OG black nerd." Che told White, "If it wasn't for you, there'd be no Donald Glover. There'd be no Kanye West. There'd be no Obama."

He also recognized actor Kadeem Hardison, whom he thanked for inspiring Black "brothas" to go to college; and character actress Tichina Arnold, whom he described as "pound for pound the best sitcom actress I have ever seen."

Loyal reader Tonia wrote in to vent her frustration after watching the Emmy Awards last night.

Tonia writes:

"At tonight's Emmy's, SNL co-host Che-whomever did a disgusting "skit" using the tern reparations, which is disrespectful, hateful under the guise of being funny.... It's not %^&% funny.

All of you black bloggers need to get in their behinds about it.

They tiptoed around it from the beginning of the show... But this was just sickening and all of those actors who thought it was OK out to be called out to the carpet.

They dragged Cardi for doing it on NBC, These people are growing and should have known better...

And those black actors in the audience sat there. Eddie Murphy walked out of the Oscars. Why WON'T they?

THIS IS RACIST! HOW LONG ARE WE GONNA PUT UP WITH THIS BS? THE EFF OUTTA HERE!

***I'm writing to you bc you really do try to tackle the hard stuff... thanks for reading this."

 

Photos by Adriana M. Barraza/WENN.com, NBC

  • Blaque Mahogany

    I'm about to watch this, but what is the reference to Cardi about?

  • Rayne

    Her name doesn’t even belong in that senence

  • Rayne

    Ok so what’s so wrong about this? If they were handing out reparation checks I betcha she wouldn’t give it back. My black ass would be looking for another one ?

  • isaiit

    It was a joke...it's not that serious. SHEESH

  • Kanyade

    it's a different kind of spoof. those one might perceive being spoofed are present...not dead and gone. they are active participants. the use of the word "reparations" was admonished in a way (thanks John Witherspoon) and even explained (40 acres and a mule).

    two different kinds of comedic skits; this one is funny.

  • Tyranny

    I don't see anything wrong with the skit. It's always great to see Marla Gibbs on the screen.

  • Rayne

    It sure is.

  • Kanyade

    it's great seeing all of those recognized...because this was a reminder to them emmy folks and a recognition from Che.

  • Rayne

    Tonia gon have to choose her battles wisely or gone on down to the piggly wiggly and pick up a case of sense of humor ??????

  • Rainbowbelow

    Don't forget to add a case of calm the hell down on that list also.

  • Jersey Girl

    Fake outrage! But I bet when it comes to advocate for something greater! Mute

  • Rayne

    ???

  • Tiff J

    Huh? Really trying to understand why she's mad. Read the statement twice and I just don't get it. Is she mad cause they used the word "reparations"... which doesn't just mean 40 acres and a mule. The definition is: "the making of amends for a wrong one has done, by paying money to or otherwise helping those who have been wronged."

    So the sketch used the idea of reparations correctly... and wasn't there something in there about these being Bill Cosby's old Emmys. LOL

  • Mark mcharm

    Tonia is tripping

  • http://batman-news.com Roderick2011

    Damn, Marla Gibbs (Florence) is the only surviving main cast member of the Jeffersons.

  • Mark mcharm

    Jenny is still alive

  • RaginB

    She saw the word "reparations" and went off ?

  • Blaque Mahogany

    I'm not sure how the term reparations is "hurtful/disrespectful".

    Idk. The skit wasn't "funny" to me, but I enjoyed seeing some of our greats. I don't like Bill Cosby and I know he has been cancelled by a lot of people, but I still have a problem with him being made a mockery of.

  • isaiit

    It's absolutely ridiculous that someone would actually get so upset about something so small. Most times people like that arent doing anything for our community except posting something they think is profound. I bet she's never marched, wrote a congressman/woman, mentored youth, etc. Too busy hiding behind a keyboard

  • Blaque Mahogany

    They dragged Cardi for doing it on NBC, These people are growing and should have known better…
    ^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^
    Did Cardi write this? Lol The grammar/spelling, chile..

    I think she was talking about that civil rights housewives skit Cardi B participated in. Def apples to oranges.

  • Phillybruh

    This is just stupid...Get mad at Love and Hop wherever and the image they put us in. But recognizing Marla Gibbs. Hell Urkel saved the whole TGIF lineup he was guest starring on all those shows in the same night sometimes.

  • the guest

    I LOVED Michael Che's GENIUS Reparations Emmys!

    He needs to do this every year.

    Every black actor and actress who received one knew exactly why he did this and were appreciative of the exposing of racism and the overdue recognition of their talent and iconic contributions to television history.

  • iWasteTime

    This is an appropriate skit, with the real and alive actors to receive their Emmy. There is a difference in spoofing the lack of diversity at the Emmys and disrespectfully depicting deceased civil right leaders and their spouses. If John Lewis was in the skit it may have come across different. This skit put a spotlight on the great black TV actors who've been robbed due to the Emmys lack of diversity, in the past.

    Tonia, in the future, if you're going to take the time out of your unfilled day to rail, take the time to google the word or phrase that has struck a nerve. It's good to make sure we have an understanding of what is going on. It's a great way to avoid embarrassment.

  • http://batman-news.com Roderick2011

    I know but she's not one of the original characters.

  • Phillybruh

    The same Jenny..Different Lionels.

  • Phillybruh

    I bet she loved that Basketball wives reunion

  • jeniefrumdabloc™
  • http://bitchbecomesher.com Tasha Nicole

    Ya'll be mad about everything!! sheesh! lmaooooooo
    Just mad to be mad

  • Zeta Phi Beta 1920

    What is the writer upset about? I do not understand her complaint.
    Seriously.

  • FukkFolks2018

    Lord if Tonia don't stfu. Let Mama Marla get her Emmy!

  • Rayne

    Not the unfilled day ?????

  • Blaque Mahogany

    I'm not taking up for Tonia, but y'all do realize that none of these people actually received an Emmy. They are still Emmy-less.

  • jeniefrumdabloc™

    Chile folks be wanting you to be outraged because they themselves are mad about something ... (Projections).... shewt that's her anger not mines ... folks be mad ... and want everyone else to be mad .... FOH !!! Ya can't stir anger in my azz because you damn angry ... what's wrong with folks chile ......https://uploads.disquscdn.com/images/c1425c997ed3319b16098cad0d4bebaabde80cd22860d557863b4ff2c949aed9.gif

  • Rainbowbelow

    This is the perfect example when Google should have been your friend Tonia.

  • jeniefrumdabloc™

    personally I think no one actually cares ... we all are just here for the comments .... this manufactured shyt chile ... not gone still my joy ....

  • Renee26

    Ok... I was thinking it shined light on the elephant in the room....too many black artist have failed to be properly recognized at these lily white award shows

  • Renee26

    True but I bet it felt good for them to hear the crowd applaud for their fake win...reinforcing that they deserved them in real life

  • Guest

    Tonia BIG mad!

  • Rainbowbelow

    I get what you are saying but I don't think it's about them actually receiving an Emmy. It's more about them being acknowledged for their work.

  • stav

    Who cares one way or the other , it's a meaningless piece of metal...idolatry even. Men needs to stop glorifying themselves , no one is worth being glorified but the Creator, and honor to the Christ.

  • Blaque Mahogany

    Acknowledged by who though? A comedian? Look, I don't really understand why she is mad, but I don't understand what is being celebrated either? They still haven't actually been acknowledged by the actual Emmy people.

  • Blaque Mahogany

    I can dig it. I don't really care either.

  • Renee26

    The Emmy pepo said allowing the skit was enough support from them

  • TMW

    I didn’t watch it and I’m lost. And it wasn’t clear in Tonia’s e-mail exactly what she’s upset about - is it at the comedian, or at the Emmy’s? Can you help?

  • Dr. P

    Dear Tonia,

    Life is never this serious. I don't know who hurt you, but it's obvious someone did. You are filled with anger. Loads of it. Get some dick, loads of it, and calm TF down clown. I bet you're a pill to deal with on small shyt. Who TF used a Kleenex out of my gatdayum box? Who TF used my ink pen? WHO GATDAYUM IT? Whew chile, simma down sus.

  • Prettybrowneyes

    ?????

  • Phillybruh

    I think the point was too acknowledge actors who should have been acknowledged even if it were just a nomination and not a win.

  • Braxton P. Hartnabrig

    ???Who TF made the cornbread????

  • Braxton P. Hartnabrig

    Broham, we should start a WHO TF challenge.

  • Yui

    Chile there are black children starving in the world and she’s crying about a skit.

  • Yui
  • ?Patty Kakes?

    He is not funny at all

  • Phillybruh

    He's like Chappelle funny not everyone is going to get it.

  • Yui

    All them New school SNL people are questionable.

  • Rainbowbelow

    I feel sometimes being acknowledged by anyone can make a person feel good. Just like when people are given honorary degrees, the degrees are meaningless but to be recognized is still nice.

  • jeniefrumdabloc™

    lolololol told ya ... we wanna laugh ... folks don't give a good got damn bout this lololol

  • Blaque Mahogany

    I guess, chile. I'm not craving recognition or acknowledgement from these yt folks. And if they would have received an honorary emmy, even that would be different from them walking around with another black man's emmy and fake giving it to them.

    Let me stop thinking about it. The more I think about it, the more I see the f.ck shyt.

  • ?Patty Kakes?

    I like Chappelle. He just isn't funny to me ?shrug?

  • Renee26

    He doesn't hold a light to Dave lol

  • Dr. P

    YES WE SHOULD CTFUPPPPP!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  • Rainbowbelow

    Ok??

  • Dr. P

    Who TF fried chicken? You indecent asshole!???

  • Dr. P

    That part!

  • Blaque Mahogany

    Lol. I think I might be hangry. My mood switched up quick as hayle. lol

  • dazja

    best comment I've seen all year

  • Rayne

    Not loads ?
    Y’all have me crying ? early in the mern!???

  • Coco Mcluvin

    At first I didn't get it. For the Emmy's to joke about not giving people Emmy's who deserve them and mockingly give them "reparations" Emmy's, to mockingly, right a wrong. Acknowledging they were good, but not good enough by their standards...It's not funny to me either.

  • Yardgirl

    I totally agree!! He is one of the head writers at SNL and IMO he is funny AF!! His weekend update keep me giggling. Inserts *kanye shrug* :-)

  • Braxton P. Hartnabrig

    ???WHO TF cooked those raggley ass peas???

  • Yardgirl

    Thank you!!!!! It was a sketch and made sense in the context that it was presented, IMO. Want to affect a change, go out and stomp for the mid-term election and make a damn difference. Sheesh.

  • Renee26

    I'm trippin... Donald Glover showed up to the awards in full Teddy Perkins costume ???

  • Marlika

    Why doesn’t the “loyal reader” channel this same energy into writing emails to the board of the Emmy’s or to whom ever is this in charge.

    What about sending email to Congress, Senators and to whom ever else about this important matters that are going on right now.

    People worry about the wrong shit. If any black person today in this country is still expecting white people to show recognition they are a damn fool. Yes we work 10 x harder and over been over looked for plenty of accolades. It’s not right but it is what it is. There was a time when Black folks created our own. Now most of us are too busy mix breeding and doing any and everything to to get a little acceptance from white people. ?????

  • Yardgirl

    Wow just wow. I am more mad that a show I had never heard of won so many awards!! “The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel”???? Really!! If you don't have Amazon Prime chances are you have never heard of it like me. Da hell??

  • Phillybruh

    I've seen him live a couple times. He's even funnier live.

  • Phillybruh

    His live shows are great. He does the same kind of Comedy Dave does.

  • They’re ALL false God’s fools

    That's fine but when they start handing out the respirations checks let me know.

  • Yardgirl

    I missed him when he came to my town, I was so mad. Good to hear he is even funnier!!

  • SingleGalCrazyWorld

    Chile that episode of Atlanta LOLOLOLOLOLOL....

  • SingleGalCrazyWorld

    Che' is not funny...he is just a mediocre Chapelle on SNL's payroll....Instead of SNL hiring skit comedians like Majah Hype or Cameron J. they hire Che' or Luck Dragon looking Jay Pharaoh who dont bring anything but a "safe looking black man" to white masses....

  • Quitedeliteful

    Save me a spot just in case I get off of work late...

  • Quitedeliteful

    Never heard of it until you mentioned it...

  • Anunnaki, in A twilight Zone

    Gurl are u dating a white man, or married to one, you upset because???

  • Quitedeliteful

    SHADDUP Tonia!!!!

  • cherrypie

    ?????

  • Dr. P

    LMMFAO!!!!!!!!!!!!!!?? Who TF brought Pepsi instead of check sodas? WHO GATDAYUM? WHO????

  • She.Is.Not.Ready

    Right! How tf is the word "reparations" hateful?! The Indians got reservations black people got nothing and are still paying via redlining, higher interest rates on car loans....I mean the list goes on. She is worried about the wrong damn things.

  • cpatterson_22

    Call me when Whoopi Goldberg gets her reparations Oscar for Color Purple

  • Trace da Ace

    ain't it....let me know too...

  • Zeta Phi Beta 1920

    So did the Japanese.

  • chris

    No

  • Wreckognize Game

    I'm probably one of the few that likes Che in here. He has lowkey sarcastic but very smart comedy to me. I like his work on the SNL Weekend Update but stand up maybe not. Just like I love Chappell's work on his show but not his standup. Mr. Paul Mooney is one that had skits and standup to my liking. But I understand everyone is different.

  • Wreckognize Game

    Let me know too?

  • Trace da Ace

    somebody ALWAYS gonna have something to say when black folks acknowledge black folks...its always going to be something....hell I'm glad that he brought notice to black actors whom Hollywood white folks seem to have forgotten.....and I like Che on Weekend Updated on SNL...hell that is one of my main reasons for watching SNL just to see it.....

  • hottlanta

    Denzel for Malcolm X.

  • Wreckognize Game

    That Barbershop episode truly tickled me

  • Quitedeliteful

    Numba 1: Tonia, first and foremost, you have a right to your feelings but what is really going on here??? A Black comedian acknowledged other Black comedians who have been in very successful television shows and have more years in the business than you have on this earth yet have never been truly recognized or acknowledged by their peers for their achievements and you find fault with that? You think it's racist??? Who was this skit disrespectful to? YOU? The word REPARATIONS has your panties in a bunch?!? So... exactly when is the time and place to honor these overlooked actors and why do you find the word REPARATIONS so sacred that it cannot be used in a skit?

  • Waya Hedia

    It is a very 'Jewish' show. I tried to watch it but it creeped me out. Almost as annoying as Curb Your Enthusiasm. Hence, the wins.

  • datjerk

    I think hes hilarious

  • Tammie Reed

    This was a very awkward moment during the Emmys, not funny to me but thats my opinion.

  • Trace da Ace

    Giiirrrlllll!!! SAY THAT SHIT!!!!

  • Karen Brady

    Loved this skit

  • Quitedeliteful

    Numba 2: REPARATIONS: the making of amends for a wrong
    ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~
    It is wrong that these veteran actors have been overlooked for their achievements. Che did what he could, by way of comedy, to give props to these veterans of the entertainment business. The point that he brought home is valid and by way of COMEDIC REPARATIONS these actors were acknowledged and thanked for their contributions in a lighthearted skit. What needs to be tackled is your ultra sensitivity to seeing Black excellence acknowledged at the Emmy's.

  • Nikkiknows

    I'm on the fence...I know what they were trying to do. I enjoyed seeing characters I grew up with...but they could have went a different way and been funny...I didn't appreciate seeing someone like Marla Gibbs and John Witherspoon being recognized in this way, I guess I feel a type of way about how elders are treated. The Emmy's felt like the longest episode of SNL. I occasionally chuckled. But it was few and far between types of laughs. This moment was a challenge, wasn't all the way mad at it, but I wasn't feeling it...

  • freelancepimp .

    "Che did what he could, by way of comedy, to give props to these veterans of the entertainment business" you are so right. Instead of tearing people down and using the excuse of "its only comedy" dude actually did something very up lifting. I didn't even watch but I hate I missed that.

  • Yardgirl

    Thank sis, this is way more than I knew a few seconds ago!! I got it when you said annoying as Curb, because that show looks weird to me.

  • CoTToNCaNDie SWeeTAsGolD

    Tuh!!

  • LYRICS

    I have Amazon Prime and I've NEVER heard of it!

  • Quitedeliteful

    This is what I'm saying!! Reparations Tonya all in her feelings because these veteran actors were acknowledged in a skit?

  • Quitedeliteful

    This is a valid point. I did like the skit. I found it to be a lighthearted way of acknowledging folks who have long been overlooked. I didn't look at it as mocking. I was just happy that they were acknowledged and in some small way recognized for their contributions..

  • Quitedeliteful

    Snicker.... #TeamPetty

  • Waya Hedia

    creeps me out.

  • Li-Wright

    Funny. Jimmy looks like a homeless man.

  • Quitedeliteful

    Who TF tole Reparations Tonia to come in the Rose Garden on some bullshyt first thing in the morning???

  • FukkFolks2018

    Both

  • Yardgirl

    Right!!

  • Whiplash(lacejagger)

    “While many get their education from Hollywood celebrities while eating Tide pods, actual History is being forgotten. The elite that's currently pandering to Black people is the same elite that has been oppressing Black people for decades. The same people who allowed crack to enter black neighborhoods, turning many into zombies....and so on...” Saw this quote on another site...

  • Dowoop

    She pbly wanted them to be acknowledged by white people then she would be happy. We should not give a damn one way or the other about what they think.

  • Misslaydj

    I thought this was nice!

  • Yui

    Right!

  • Dowoop

    Like someone said above... Tonia pbly just needs some ?

  • dontgetblocked

    I watched it and it was funny. I don't think it was racist. It was a great way to make a point.

  • Dowoop

    Read the comments and you guys just shit in Tonia's cereal... Lmao

  • dontgetblocked

    She's good. She has an Oscar, Emmy, Grammy, and Tony.

  • dontgetblocked

    The run the ad for it all the time. I guess I'll have to check it out. There's a lot of hoopla about it.

  • dontgetblocked

    Curb Your Enthusiasm is a classic but you have to like that type of laid back humor.

  • xenaD

    I loved it.. ?????

  • speakinmymind

    Cocoa puffs

  • Hummingbird_225

    If Angela Basset hasn’t gotten one for What’s Love Got to Do With It add her too

  • isaiit

    "stomp for the mid-term election" made me giggle

  • Waya Hedia

    True. I did enjoy it at first but then, I had a friend just like Larry. He would do things like sending his steak back three or four times when we went out to eat. He drove me crazy. Finally, I just asked him to leave my life. After that, I just couldn't watch curb anymore. It is just too Jewish for me. Being honest here.

  • speakinmymind

    Takes Braxton's keybode and slams it on the floor!?????

  • http://thedevereauxshow.com/ Ms.Devereaux

    I had to log in just to say OK!! And upvote

  • ann

    ???????

  • taurus_32

    I loved it ???

  • Raymond Isiah

    His act was a beautiful thing to behold!!!

  • Quitedeliteful

    Snicker... #TeamPetty

  • Minx Mosaic

    Some black people find racism in EVERYTHING!!!! Shut up and sit down... Everything concerning people of color on TV does not always have to be politically correct or even so damn serious. Geez!!! Cry wolf when it's really truly time to.

  • Yardgirl

    ?

  • Renee26

    It was hilarious.. I watched it several times

  • Renee26

    Ok, I've only seen him on SNL

  • therealkym

    I think is was AWESOME! They are slowly getting it.

  • paragons00

    Tonia and people who think like her, assume the word "reparations" can only be used in one context.

  • Dowoop

    Lmfao

  • teather

    SNL is NOT funny. Who watches that and actually belly laugh?

  • Black4life

    Please...it's about a Caucasian, perhaps jewish feminist in the 50's or 60's . You know how they love how it use to be. Mary Tyler/Rose Ann Barr crap and I don't think they're any people of color.

  • Yardgirl

    Preach!! Come thru Sister Deliteful!! :-))

  • Anji

    Well, thank God for the Image Awards. We acknowledge our own, but this skit was ok and I believe a few may have been embarrassed because they hate to face past or current racism.

  • Quitedeliteful

    You know, I hate to just totally trash someone's opinion but this girl right here! smh...

  • Quitedeliteful

    You dumb mofos are back??? Snicker...

  • Quitedeliteful

    True... I'll watch but it doesn't make me crack up...

  • Yardgirl

    I know you are not the type!! It had to be said though because I was like “huh?”?

  • Quitedeliteful

    Exactly!!! The problem with Tonia is she didn't think...

  • BR….

    Maybe I’m missing something, what was the issue??? I didn’t find this disrespectful, I found it disrespectful that the Emmy’s didn’t award ATL with anything other than to Katt Williams (Really Emmys, ATL is the one of best shows on television) This just shows that certain people undermine our creativity and we can’t wait on them to reward us for what we do (even though they consistently steal from our culture like vultures and try to pass it off as their own)

  • lovelygamour

    i am with you. especially if the actor is still working. cause they still wont get an emmy cause they are too old and their acting is a different style then today. so, its a nice gesture its just a sensitive subject.

  • lovelygamour

    1. some of y'all are missing the point. they still dont have emmy's. unless the academy /board will list those emmy's on the record then it doesnt count.

    2. remember this about hollywood- its a family town. thats why mrs meisal won a ton of awards. the actress is kate spades neice (maternal) and its "their" speed.

    3. the academy can be bribed.

    4. what cancels out 2 and 3. if the voters dont like you; you arent winning anything. period. they dont like james cameron, dont like Ben Affleck. quite a few others.

  • lovelygamour

    "racism is a state of mind" said person. yet only work on black shows. lol.

  • Applebootay

    I didn't watch it so this is my first time...I'm on the fence with this one. I can however definitely understand both sides.

  • Applebootay

    it was funny tho..

  • Applebootay

    Depends on who's starring for the night...

  • Applebootay

    I said almost the same thing...

  • Applebootay

    awkward for who? WHYTE PPL?

  • Applebootay

    and Laurence Fishburne for WHAT"S LOVE GOT TO WITH IT...

  • Coco Mcluvin

    Yea..the smallest..by laughing at them! I read some of your other posts and how You posted the definition of reparations. When you put it all in context, while it may be funny and entertaining, it’s not really funny and entertaining when it’s THEM broadcasting it.

  • Prettybrowneound35

    Well, start supporting BET, the Trumpet Awards, NAACP awards and countless other Black award shows that many Black celebrities don’t show up for.

  • Enoughsaid2020

    I'm still watching Martin, and Good Times!

  • Readytochokemothernatureout

    Lol those are actors from shows I either own or dvr them over and over. https://uploads.disquscdn.com/images/4a277c2129ed5d114338b3b05dba95b7d77668d849f21f0338bf27d38dd07bf8.jpg

  • Jussjess25

    Screaming at reperation emmey’s ????

  • Ozad

    where was the lie though?...He right

  • Sweet Black Cherri

    This was amazing! Everyone that was given one, DESERVE the recognition that was brought to them. Kadeem has done some amazing work even long after ADW. John Witherspoon ran sitcoms and movies and still does. Marla Gibbs, nuff said!! Tichina Arnold also amazing! These men and women were well deserving of some type of award because they have been grinding and not getting their just due!!!