The HBO masterpiece Watchmen – the comic book-inspired series set in a present-day alternative reality where superheroes exist, Robert Redford is president, and Oklahoma students are actually taught about the Tulsa Massacre at school – took home 11 awards at last night’s Emmys.
According to my crack Internet research that included the discovery that Holly Hunter was nominated for two Emmys for her role as Grace Hanadarko in Saving Grace, I believe it’s the first and probably last fictional series set in Oklahoma to win an Emmy award.
This Oklahoma connection wasn’t lost on Jimmy Kimmel and The Emmys writing team. They had a one-liner ready to go during last night’s opening monologue. Check it out:
That’s pretty cool! I’ve lived in Oklahoma my entire life, and I have made a career out of making fun of the place, so it’s neat to see our state and it’s backward culture being mocked on the national stage, especially when it doesn’t have anything to do with tigers, tornadoes or teenage pregnancy. Thanks, anti-maskers!
That being said, the joke could have hit harder. For example, instead of cutting to taped footage of celebs at other awards shows reacting to the punchline, they could have simply shown Herman Cain laughing at one of Trump’s jokes at the big Tulsa Rally! Too soon? Probably.