Chance The Rapper Brought A Little Social Justice To The Emmys Opening Number

"Just record the show, and try to show up at the protest."

Stephen Colbert hosted this year's Emmy Awards, so it should come as no surprise that things got a little political. In addition to the expected Donald Trump jabs, and even an appearance from former White House Press Secretary Sean Spicer, Colbert praised television as escapism in his opening musical number.

"The world's a little better on TV," the host declared, in a segment featuring cameos from various small-screen stars such as Stranger Things' Millie Bobby Brown and the cast of This Is Us.


The number also featured an appearance from Chance the Rapper, who brought a little social justice to the proceedings. "I love television, it's a pleasant distraction," Chance rapped in the pre-recorded segment. "But just imagine taking action."

He went on to mention various TV shows in the context of relevant issues, from police violence to transgender rights. We'd expect nothing less from someone who earlier this year donated $1 million to Chicago Public Schools.

"I love Brooklyn Nine-Nine / In fact, I'm addicted / But where's the cop show where one gets convicted?" Chance asked, in a reference to police shootings.

Next up was Trump's transgender military ban. "I miss the classics / I still think M*A*S*H rocks / But if Hawkeye can be a soldier, why not Laverne Cox?"

According to Chance, even Bob's Burgers can remind us of "the decline of the independent, family-run store."

"I get it, the finales, they got you focused," Chance said to close his appearance. "Just record the show, and try to show up at the protest."

The segment inspired praise from many on social media, some of whom thought the rapper should have taken over the entire opening — or even the entire show. He'll get some award show experience next year with the debut of the Twilight Awards, which will honor educators and students and be hosted by James Corden.

Chance was also nominated for Outstanding Original Music and Lyrics at this year's Emmys, for the Saturday Night Live song "Last Christmas." However, he lost to Common, Robert Glasper, and Karriem Riggins for "Letter to the Free" from the documentary 13th.

(H/T: Huffington Post)


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