So Sterling K. Brown makes history at the Emmy Awards Sunday, and he’s honored by getting his mic cut off, lights dimmed and music turned up.
“Before anything like this happened for your boy, I was a fan … so my fellow nominees, I’m a fan,” Brown says after winning Outstanding Lead Actor in a Drama Series Sept. 17. “I love y’all.”
The last actor to snag the honor was Andre Braugher in 1998 for “Homicide: Life on the Street,” something Brown noted in his speech.
The two-time Emmy winner then thanked his “This Is Us” cast members and started to thank the tear-jerking series’ writers.
But he was played off before he could finish.
“You can play. You can play,” he says, unable to even thank Ryan Michelle Bathe, his wife of 10 years. “Nobody got that loud music.”
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Brown tried in vain to complete his remarks, but the lights turned down, the camera panned out and his mic was cut off. Earlier, Nicole Kidman got more time for her first Emmy acceptance for Outstanding Lead Actress, something some Twitter users remarked about.
*Nicole Kidman & Elisabeth giving a long speech*
Emmys: We'll allow it.
*Sterling K. Brown wants to do the same thing*#Emmys: Hold on..
— Denizcan James (@MrFilmkritik) September 18, 2017
So Nicole Kidman gets to do a goddamn soliloquy but Sterling K. Brown is cut off and the camera zooms out? Ok, I see y'all. 😑#Emmys
— Nik Davis (@thedavisdiary) September 18, 2017
Other users were just as offended.
I am extremely disturbed that they cut the mic of and played that loud obnoxious music while Sterling K. Brown was giving his speech #Emmys
— jamilla. (@lifeasjamilla) September 18, 2017
— Januel Dsouza (@JanuelDsouza) September 18, 2017
Thankfully, Brown was able to finish his speech backstage, thanking the writers and his family.
“They cut me off before I could thank my wife, man. Ryan Michelle Bathe, you’re everything. You make my life worth living,” he says. “And you gave me two of the most beautiful babies that God has ever put on this planet: my sons Andrew Jason Sterling Brown, Amari Michael Christian Brown, your daddy loves you with the strength of 1000 suns.”
Then, Twitter users perked up.
— Sherrilyn Ifill (@Sifill_LDF) September 18, 2017
— Carolyn *I hate racists* Hinds (@CarrieCnh12) September 18, 2017
Ahead of the show, Brown noted that the new level of fame brought on by the hit NBC drama and his role in “The People v. O.J. Simpson.”
“It’s learning to adjust to a new normal,” he told People magazine. “The level of opportunity that has come has been tremendous and also making selections that are best for career and family like that’s sort of like the new challenge in life. But they are caviar problems. Or, as Black people like to call them, ‘white people’s problems.'”