Succession’s Jesse Armstrong Makes Unusual ‘Un-Thank You’ To COVID & Trump In Emmy Speech
Jesse Armstrong won the Outstanding Writing for a Drama Series Emmy yesterday, and in turn gave his audience an incredibly unconventional acceptance speech. It began with a brief thank you for the award, but quickly devolved into a series of “un-thank you”s, prompted by his inability to be with the Succession cast and crew as he accepted his award for the finale of the show.
“Un-thank you to the virus, for keeping us all apart this year,” Armstrong began, before switching to a more political standpoint. “Un-thank you to President Trump for his crummy and uncoordinated response, un-thank you to Boris Johnson and his government for doing the same in my country, un-thank you to all the nationalists and sort of quasi-nationalist governments in the world who are sort of the opposite of what we need right now, and un-thank you to the media moguls who do so much to keep them in power. Un-thank you,” he finished with a bow towards the camera.
Generally, Twitter viewers seemed to be in support of Armstrong’s speech, both praising and making fun of his brashness at the show.
jesse armstrong just telling everyone to go fuck themselves in an acceptance speech is amazing
— Ryan Nichols (@RyanPNichols) September 21, 2020
love Jesse Armstrong’s callout against the power of media moguls, they should get dragged more often 🙌
— lauren winn (@RenWinn) September 21, 2020
— gerri alert! no succ sweep without jsc (@gerrialert) September 21, 2020
looks like jesse armstrong is on trial in british hell for crimes of impoliteness pic.twitter.com/F3Ozgzq9fc
— Kevin T. Porter (@KevinTPorter) September 21, 2020
Nonetheless, there were still users upset with the speech, primarily because of contradictory political views.
Yeah well done Jesse you clown. Unthanked everyone except for China for introducing the virus and spreading it all around the world. Stick to making tv shows and stay out of politics
— Mark Pollard (@Pollard1970) September 21, 2020
What a total douchebag. He couldn’t define a ‘nationalistic government’ if he researched it.
— HozeKing🌵🏜☀️🐘🏌️♂️🏊♂️ (@HozeKing) September 21, 2020