When Seth Rogen stepped onstage to present an Emmy Award, he said, “Let me start by saying there is … [+] way too many of us in this little room. What are we doing?” (Photo by Rich Fury/Getty Images)
Seth Rogen did wear an orange suit to the 2021 Emmy Awards. But the actor and filmmaker seemed to wonder why the organizers would “orange” the 73rd installment of the television awards show as they did, given the ongoing Covid-19 coronavirus pandemic.
After he stepped onstage to present the first award, Rogen began in a rather pumpkin spicy manner with, “Let me start by saying there is way too many of us in this little room. What are we doing?” Indeed, when cameras cut to the audience, you could see quite a few people sitting together at tables and not wearing face masks. It didn’t seem as if everyone was staying at least six feet or one Denzel from each another (because Denzel Washington is about six feet tall). Or a Gosling, since six foot tall Ryan Gosling like Rogen is Canadian.
The video accompanying the following tweet shows some of what Rogen said:
As you can see, Rogen continued with, “They said this was outdoors. It’s not. They lied to us. We’re in a hermetically sealed tent right now. I would not have come to this.” When an event is held at a tent, you tend to gather with others inside the tent rather than on top of it. And when you are inside something, you are not outdoors. It doesn’t matter if it is inside a building, a tent, a hut made out of toilet paper, or a gigantic pita. Telling people that an event will be outdoors when it’s actually inside a full tent with a roof and walls tent is like telling people that you like long walks on the beach when you freaking hate them.
Rogen then wondered, “Why is there a roof? It’s more important that we have three chandeliers than that we make sure we don’t kill Eugene Levy tonight? That is what has been decided.” A roof along with walls can greatly cut down the natural air circulation and ventilation that wind can provide, assuming that the roof is made out of solid material and not pixie dust. When you purchase a home, you usually make sure that it has a roof on top of it. Otherwise, the wind would keep blowing everything like your papers, your One Direction posters, and your oh so precious toilet paper away.
He finished his monologue by saying, “This is insane. I went from wiping my groceries to having Paul Bettany sneeze in my face. So, that’s a big week! If anyone’s gonna sneeze in my face, Paul, I want it to be you.” There is really no situation where someone sneezing in your face is a good thing. You don’t tend to say, “oh, that date went really well, especially when he or she sneezed in my face.” It’s even worse with the more contagious Delta variant of the severe acute respiratory syndrome coronavirus 2 (SARS-CoV-2) spreading all around the country.
OK, what Rogen said may have been a bit pumpkin jarring to the Emmy organizers. So, after Rogen left the stage and before the commercial break, what did awards show DJ Reggie Watts say? Well, here is what Watts said, “Despite what Seth might have said, we’re going to celebrate and party, but while we’re doing that we’re absolutely following all the health and safety guidelines that some really smart people asked us to do to keep us safe from Covid.”
The host of Sunday’s show, Cedric the Entertainer, chimed in with the following as well: “It actually feels amazing in here unlike what Seth was talking about. It feels good. We’re all vaxxed. We had to get vaxxed to come here. I got vaxxed.” He also mentioned the ballsy thing that Nicki Minaj had tweeted last week: ”I did not have a reaction like Nicki Minaj’s cousin’s friend. I got Pfizer because I’m bougie. Pfizer is the Neiman Marcus of vaccines. Moderna, that’s Macy’s. Johnson & Johnson, that’s TJ Maxx.” Cedric the Entertainer was probably referring to Minaj’s tweet that included an unverified claim that her cousin’s friend suffered from swollen testicles and impotence after getting the Covid-19 vaccine. As I covered for Forbes last week, there’s been no real hard evidence of such a thing happening.
Here’s an important point. Just because everyone in a gathering is fully vaccinated doesn’t mean that you can abandon other Covid-19 precautions. As I have written before for Forbes, the Covid-19 vaccine is not like a full-body concrete condom. It doesn’t offer 100% protection. Just as you wear other things over your underwear, you should be layering other Covid-19 precautions on top of your being fully vaccinated as long as the Covid-19 coronavirus continues to spread widely.
So, in the end, you can’t fault Rogen. Not for wearing an orange suit but for questioning why more Covid-19 precautions weren’t taken. If they wanted to hold the show indoors, couldn’t they have had attendees wear face masks or stay further apart? Or how about raising the roof, in not just a figurative “let’s party” way but a literal way, and holding the event in a truly outdoors venue?