It’s recently come to my attention that the 2013 Emmy Awards site now includes a completely made-up category called “Top TV Moments of the Year.” Which I think we can all agree means they’re one year away from including the category “funniest reaction GIF featuring a TV character” used on Tumblr this year. In even more inane news, the choices range from Tina Fey and Amy Poehler hosting the Golden Globes to the Boston Marathon Bombing. As if those two TV moments are in any way comparable. Thrown in among those two contrasting moments — and yes, I do think the word moments is being misused in this context — are other things like the episode where we meet the mother on How I Met Your Mother and the Bob Marley tribute at the 2013 Grammys. Who? Why? How? What? Huh?
“Hey America, what did you enjoy more? Amy and Tina being hilarious hosts or watching several innocent people get injured and/or killed by a bomb that went off during a marathon or, stick with us here, finally finding out what the mother looks like on HIMYM? And yes, you have to choose one!”
What is this decision and how did it get past so many people. To sum up one of the most tragic events to happen in our country’s recent history as a “moment” that gets ranked against incredibly superficial — albeit enjoyable – events seems so incredibly crass that I’m at a loss for words. To throw the notoriously violent “Red Wedding” episode from Game of Thrones in the mix too feels like a sick joke. Have we really become so jaded as a country that this choice seemed like a reasonable idea? I truly, truly hope not. Although the fact that the Emmys are pitting real death and destruction against fictionalized death and destruction does seem to prove otherwise.
I’m all for sitting down for a night and celebrating the shows that I love, but this move definitely puts quite the damper on this year’s Emmy Awards. Seriously, what were they thinking?