Tucker Carlson Calls Issa Rae ‘Divisive’ for Saying ‘I’m Rooting for Everybody Black’ at Emmys


Tucker Carlson panned the Emmy Awards Monday night and singled out one actress in particular for criticism over comments she made he deemed “divisive.”

“Even by the usual standards of show business,” he said, “last night’s show was a remarkable triumph of identity politics over art and entertainment.”

He invoked Issa Rae, creator and star of HBO’s Insecure, for telling a reporter, “I’m rooting for everybody black.”

After getting a tweet from someone who called her a racist, Rae just responded with this:

Carlson told viewers that the remark was Rae “planning to judge the nominees solely on the basis of their skin color without reference to their talent or achievement.”

He played the clip of Rae’s comment, followed by Donald Glover joking about Trump “making black people number one on the most oppressed list,” before saying, “Those comments didn’t seem to raise an eyebrow, but of course they didn’t. It’s 2017, and so we’re used to open race hostility from the left.”

As for the Emmys themselves, Carlson said they veered closer to “political indoctrination than entertainment” and the whole thing showed “contempt” for middle Americans.

“Politics never improves art,” he said, “it only corrupts art.”

He circled back to Rae’s comments a bit later and said if someone said they were rooting for white people, “I would say that’s disgusting.”

Guest Wendy Osefo said Rae’s remarks were about how she wants to see more diverse winners, but Carlson said, “It seems the opposite of diverse, it seems monochromatic.”

He continued:

“I just think it’s a divisive habit of thought… I think looking at the world like that gets you to civil war, actually. I think you should look at people first as individuals. What did this person do? What does he believe? What has he achieved?… And as soon as you see people as indistinguishable from anybody else in their same group, that’s when people really start hating each other.”

You can watch above, via Fox News.

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