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Completing His Humiliation, Cuomo to Have Emmy Rescinded

Filed under: General — JVW @ 3:38 pm

[guest post by JVW]

Couldn’t have happened to a more deserving asshole:

Disgraced former Gov. Andrew Cuomo was stripped of his Emmy Award on Tuesday due to sexual harassment allegations substantiated in the state attorney general’s probe that delivered the death knell to his gubernatorial reign.

“The International Academy announced today that in light of the New York Attorney General’s report, and Andrew Cuomo subsequent resignation as governor, it is rescinding his special 2020 international Emmy Award,” reads a statement from the International Academy of Television Arts & Sciences.

“His name and any reference to his receiving the award will be eliminated from International Academy material going forward.”

Cuomo was bestowed the award in November 2020 for his COVID-19 pandemic press briefings.The scandal-scarred governor, who formally resigned Monday, was formerly recognized for his “effective use of television during the pandemic,” the International Academy of Television Arts & Sciences announced.

You don’t have to be a Donald Trump fan to realize that Cuomo’s Emmy was meant to be a eff-you finger from the entertainment industry to the Trump Administration, so it’s high comedy indeed to watch them now behave in an utterly Pecksniffian manner. But given how fantastically awful Sonny Cuomo’s behavior was over the years, given how the Democrat establishment was happy to downplay his abusive behavior towards everyone in his orbit from staff to legislators to media, given the rampant corruption that occurred under his administration both in official policy and in Sonny’s own financial dealings, I welcome that one brief moment where the International Academy of Television Arts & Sciences pretends to grow a conscience and endeavors to right a wrong.

And, naturally, the former governor left office in the most self-pitying and obnoxious way possible. Kyle Smith at NRO sums up the disgraced governor’s farewell pretty well:

[. . .] Even to dedicated Cuomotextuals, the [speech] was a masterpiece of effrontery, arrogance, and Escher-style self-negating twists. The obfuscation! The blame-shifting! The conspiracy-theorizing! The denial! The sheer, sordid cheek of the thing! It was a positively Frankenian farewell.

Mr. Smith hearkens back two-plus decades ago to Cuomo’s former boss, Bill Clinton, in comparing Handsy Andy’s dismissal of the allegations against him with Bubba’s shameful rationalizations for why the Monica Lewinsky scandal was overblown. Quoth Cuomo:

There will be another time to talk about the truth and ethics of the recent situation involving me, but let me say now that, when government politicizes allegations and the headlines condemn without facts, you undermine the justice system — and that doesn’t serve women and it doesn’t serve men or society.

Of course, as Kyle Smith points out, “the facts” have never been on Sonny’s side. Not only did eleven women raise allegations against him, not only did several of them report this abhorrent behavior to family and friends immediately after it occurred, not only did more than one damming picture appear to show Sonny engaging in the alleged behavior, but the New York Attorney General, a nominal ideological ally if also a political rival, investigated the matter and determined the allegations had merit. Yet to Asshole Andy, this is all some big cultural misunderstanding and no doubt will at some point morph into an outlandish claim that the state with the largest total number and fourth-highest percentage of Italian-American residents is somehow biased against a son of Italy.

The body politic won’t miss a depraved character like Andrew Cuomo, though this entire affair isn’t going to amount to much unless the Empire State takes a long and difficult look at their political culture and resolves to address the huge influence that sleazy political machines wield. Both major parties have seen their leadership wind up in prison for various levels of malfeasance, so verily there aren’t too many — if any at all — virgins in the Albany brothel. But anyone who professes to believe in the general beneficence of government — and I’m looking at you as a prime example, New York Times editorial board — has to pay more attention to the cast of characters it is willing to support in order to achieve their ideological objectives, and perhaps wonder if it is truly worth suffering the Andrew Cuomos of the political sewer merely to promote abortion, gun control, and same-sex marriage.


32 Responses to “Completing His Humiliation, Cuomo to Have Emmy Rescinded”

  1. I know this probably sounds crazy after I have spent a great deal of space here expressing my disgust for the guy, but I sincerely hope to never have the occasion to write anything about the lecherous crook Andrew Cuomo ever again. (Excepting of course if he actually gets indicted, goes on trial, and is sent to jail, in which case I will gladly return to this subject.)

    JVW (ee64e4)

  2. Cuomo gave out a slew of pardons and commutations to various murderers in his last hour in office. Also gave Chesa Boudin’s scumbag murderer dad a date with the parole board. Hopefully they won’t relese him, but Cuomo’s appointees to the parole board figure to ignore the 2 cops he killed in a bank robbery. This is after plunging NY into anarchy by signing bills that allowed for no bail in most criminal cases and no punishment at all for almost all juvenile offenders. NYC’s criminal justice system has become a catch and release turnstile. By some accounts left his dog at the governor’s mansion to go on vacation; in this instance the dog is probably lucky to find a new home. Good riddance.

    Bugg (024e40)

  3. Ironic; though kicked out of the Academy, believe Weinstein still his plethora of Oscars, Emmys an assorted awards…

    DCSCA (f4c5e5)

  4. Ironic; though kicked out of the Academy, believe Weinstein still his plethora of Oscars, Emmys an assorted awards…

    He “earned” them, though — at least to the degree that funding lavish publicity campaigns targeted to narcissistic Academy voters is earning anything. But the point is that his awards were not honorary. It’s kind of like how O.J. Simpson is still the Heisman Trophy Winner of 1968, even if USC has placed their copy of his award in storage and no longer displays his number in their stadium.

    JVW (ee64e4)

  5. @4.LOL He ‘bought’em.’ Literally. For instance, was in the trenches in Hollywood when Weinstein decided to ‘go after’ Oscars for ‘Shakespeare In Love’ and bump off Spielberg’s ‘Saving Private Ryan’– -which clearly was a better film. The money he spent to campaign & buy nominations and wins was truly amazing.

    DCSCA (f4c5e5)

  6. You love to see it.

    The thing that really kills me is the dog thing. Dude is so surprisingly awful that this would be derided as heavy-handed in fiction.

    Just an unredeemably gross product of the worst NY has to offer.

    john (cd2753)

  7. “As a governor you’re a great TV entertainer” is a dubious compliment to begin with, I think.

    nk (1d9030)

  8. Adios, bum.

    Colonel Haiku (2601c0)

  9. 7.“As a governor you’re a great TV entertainer” is a dubious compliment to begin with, I think.

    Reaganoptics. 😉

    DCSCA (f4c5e5)

  10. I welcome that one brief moment where the International Academy of Television Arts & Sciences pretends to grow a conscience and endeavors to right a wrong.

    This subtlety is one of the many reasons I appreciate your posts.

    frosty (f27e97)

  11. Very kind of you to write, frosty, and much appreciated.

    JVW (ee64e4)

  12. #6 john – In Tinker, Tailor, a Soviet spy leaves a dog behind when fleeing Japan. (If I recall correctly, the dog died of starvation.) So there is a precedent, though not one Cuomo would like.

    (Incidentally, it’s great book.)

    Jim Miller (edcec1)

  13. CNN Chryon: “Biden: U.S. is ‘on a pace’ for August 31 pull out. Taliban blocks Afghans from airport.”

    “On a pace??”

    America is back– against a wall, thanks to good ‘ol 79 year old “Pacemaker Joe!”

    DCSCA (f4c5e5)

  14. His image will soon be expunged from Democrat’s photos.

    Kevin M (ab1c11)

  15. Also gave Chesa Boudin’s scumbag murderer dad a date with the parole board. Hopefully they won’t relese him, but Cuomo’s appointees to the parole board figure to ignore the 2 cops he killed in a bank robbery.

    The Obama clique.

    Kevin M (ab1c11)

  16. Absolutely awful
    At least he can fall back on his $35M book sale because TRUMP IS THE TRUE GRIFTER

    steveg (ebe7c1)

  17. He must be sighing in relief because people are talking about his sexual assaults, not his orders that resulted in the deaths of thousands.

    Hoi Polloi (15cfac)

  18. He got off easy.

    mg (8cbc69)

  19. You must snort more weezul dust, Hollywood. Start cranking out more garbage fire movies!

    Colonel Haiku (167903)

  20. Meanwhile on other coast, eses, homes, gueys and cabrones have been given signal to vote their conscience or at least their short term pocketbook:

    urbanleftbehind (0893e7)

  21. @20. Newsom’s only chance is to issue an executive order -[if the governor can do that]- to rescind the gas tax for 18 months. Everybody wins w/that move- specilly w/t inflation problem now. We’re paying roughly $5/gallon now as is. That would cut the price by 51 cents/gallon alone.

    DCSCA (f4c5e5)

  22. It appears some people can’t stand the chance of even a conservative black CA gov. That’s as bad as machista/racista DJ el Piolin trying to blow air into the flailing Edwards campaign in 2008.

    urbanleftbehind (0893e7)

  23. There were some facts on the Cuomo family side.

    The most compelling and true is: “I’ve gotten away with it since my Dad was elected”

    steveg (ebe7c1)

  24. I got it:

    “True Grift”, starring Joe Pesci as Rooster “La Gallina” Cuomo…

    Colonel Haiku (2601c0)

  25. # 18 – yes he got off easy. How many believe that he will escape his killing the elderly in the nursing homes?

    Regardless, good riddance he’s gone. However, these guys have a way of coming back.

    For a glimpse of just how corrupt Cuomo and the State of New York, actually are, see: The Center for Judicial Accountability, Latest News, 3rd topic – Bringing in the Feds.

    Liberty & Truth require constant vigilance. GLZ.

    Gary L. Zerman (a1521c)

  26. A thousand here, a thousand there… Lethal SOB should be sleeping with teh mud turtles…

    The tally of New Yorkers killed by the coronavirus pandemic stands at more than 55,000 people, the state Health Department confirmed late Tuesday — far more than the 43,000 long reported by now-departed Gov. Andrew Cuomo.

    DOH officials released the revised tallies just hours after Gov. Kathy Hochul was sworn into office, finally bringing the state’s death count into line with figures long published by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and Johns Hopkins University.

    Colonel Haiku (2601c0)

  27. 22.It appears some people can’t stand the chance of even a conservative black CA gov.

    Dark Horse?

    Regardless, it’s a risky run given how may of the ponies have dropped at various race tracks around CA in the past few years. 😉

    DCSCA (f4c5e5)

  28. @26 those were trump’s fault, colonel

    until cuomo became a dem liability

    JF (e1156d)

  29. News item: Disgusted with the disaster in Afghanistan and unable to punish Biden directly, the Nobel Peace Prize Committee rescinded the Prizes for Al Gore and Barack Obama. No word yet on the Motion Picture Academy’s reaction.

    Kevin M (ab1c11)

  30. Coumo and maybe soon biden no longer useful in the democratic establishment’s battle to prevent the democratic party base and AOC from controlling the democrat party.

    asset (11155f)

  31. Having his Emmy revoked does not complete his humiliation. Being convicted of depraved indifference for those assisted living deaths during the pandemic should be the completion of his humiliation.

    Rich (995a5b)

  32. Governor Cuomo’s Tuesday Aug 10 resignation speech:

    He actually quit effective Monday, August 23, 11:59 pm

    Governor Cuomo’s farewell address shortly after noon Monday August 23 – most of the tropes he spoke he has said before.

    Even his dog wasn;t good. It bit people, and he didn’t take enough care that it shouldn’t.

    Interactions with the dog, a northern Inuit breed, even became a source of controversy in Cuomo’s COVID-19 pandemic memoir, “American Crisis: Leadership Lessons from the COVID-19 Pandemic

    Larry Schwartz, a top Cuomo confidante and enforcer, was upset at being portrayed in the book as a scaredy cat in dealing with Captain.

    “Captain adopted a somewhat hostile posture toward Larry,” Cuomo said.

    “I would set up blockades to allow Larry free passage without encountering Captain, but never with much success.”

    Schwartz, known for his tough-guy persona, sent a nasty note to current SUNY Chancellor James Malatras and Gareth Rhodes — both Cuomo advisers who were helping on the book — to protest the negative depiction.

    “I thought the two of you were my friends. Friends watch each others’ backs,” Schwartz told Malatras and Rhodes, sources familiar with the exchange said.

    He also expressed his displeasure to Cuomo secretary Melissa DeRosa and executive secretary Stephanie Benton, sources said.

    At the time, Schwartz was the head of the state’s coronavirus contract tracing program and later oversaw vaccine distribution. But his only mention in the book was mostly about his frosty relationship to Captain.

    DeRosa sought to smooth things over, by putting Malatras and Rhodes “in charge of fixing Larry.”

    A former administration official source said Schwartz was “upset” but added, “I’m not sure if he was joking or for real.”

    Schwartz declined comment.

    Sammy Finkelman (51cd0c)

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