When Emmy fashion policing goes too far
With any awards show, a little fashion policing is to be expected. I mean, it wouldn't be the 2010 Emmys, for example, if Joan Rivers, Giuliana Rancic and the rest of the "E! Fashion Police" team didn't get together and pick apart everyone's outfits the next day. (Rivers may have pushed it a bit, though, when she critiqued Anna Paquin's shiny, gold, shoulder-padded frock by referring to the "True Blood" star as a "mater-whore.")
Suffice it to say, the world of fashion criticism can get a little mean. (I wasn't exactly kind to January Jones myself during my post-Emmy red carpet breakdown.)
But it seems that certain rules should be followed here, one of which is: criticize in real time on the Internet if you must, but don't blast people's gowns on live television before the ceremony has even started, especially on the network hosting the show. On Sunday night, NBC broke that rule.
During the pre-show red carpet special that preceded the Emmy telecast, Billy Bush and commentator Ryan Patterson broke down the best and worst looks of the night, criticizing people like Jones and Paquin for their poor choices in formal wear before the Emmy opening number could even get underway.
In what I thought was one of the more egregious comments in the segment, Patterson gave Kim Kardashian a back-handed compliment, praising her Marchesa gown, then noting that it's hard to dress someone like Kardashian because she's so curvy. Surely if she heard this, Kardashian was thinking: "Um, thanks ... I guess?"
Worst of all, the pre-show was broadcast -- as both Entertainment Weekly and E! Online previously noted -- inside the Nokia Theatre, allowing the stars being blasted to, potentially, hear every word. Kathy Griffin voiced her empathy for Jones in particular, telling E!: "They showed her on the freaking JumboTron and then they were talking smack about her." When Griffin thinks you've been unnecessarily rude, you know you've really been unnecessarily rude.
It may seem a little ridiculous to suggest that anything like, oh, decorum or politeness exists in the realm of the admittedly junior high-ish world of tearing down what other people are wearing. But it does seem like there are some boundaries -- or at least should be.
Do you think NBC went too far here? Is there a way to do a worst-dressed list that is void of cruel and catty language? And what sort of fashion policing rules and guidelines should be written in order to make sure everyone plays by the same book?
| September 1, 2010; 2:10 PM ET
Categories: Awards Season, Celebrities, Fashion | Tags: Emmy Awards
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