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New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo has already been touting his leadership during the coronavirus pandemic amid his book tour, but now he'll also be an Emmy winner in the process.
The International Emmy Awards announced on Friday that the Democrat will receive its Founder's Award "in recognition of his leadership during the Covid19 pandemic & his masterful use of TV to inform & calm people around the world."
“The Governor’s 111 daily briefings worked so well because he effectively created television shows, with characters, plot lines, and stories of success and failure,” International Academy President & CEO, Bruce Paisner said in a press release. “People around the world tuned in to find out what was going on, and New York tough became a symbol of the determination to fight back.”
According to the Emmys, its Founder's Award is given to those who "cross cultural boundaries to touch our common humanity." Past recipients include former Vice President Al Gore, Oprah Winfrey, and Steven Spielberg. The award will officially be presented to Cuomo on November 23.
The announcement sparked a significant backlash and mockery on social media, many of them invoking his controversial nursing home policy that has been linked to the deaths of thousands of elderly residents.
"This is shameful," "The View" co-host Meghan McCain reacted.
"if we’re lucky, Andrew Cuomo will receive a Nobel Peace Prize for his work in ending suffering in New York’s nursing homes," Washington Examiner's Siraj Hashmi quipped.
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This is shameful. https://t.co/7OqcOX2AI6— Meghan McCain (@MeghanMcCain) November 20, 2020
if we’re lucky, Andrew Cuomo will receive a Nobel Peace Prize for his work in ending suffering in New York’s nursing homes https://t.co/C9NTQnjW5f— Siraj Hashmi (@SirajAHashmi) November 20, 2020
I am beginning to think most of our society's "awards" aren't really offered in recognition of specific acts of excellence anymore. https://t.co/FcFsSYyY7T— Noah Rothman (@NoahCRothman) November 20, 2020
This award makes sense because Cuomo isn't actually a competent, empathic Governor -- he just plays one on TV. https://t.co/pLtQMPTYSY— Max Berger (@maxberger) November 20, 2020
please stay tuned through the 18 hour "In Memoriam" segmenthttps://t.co/IDbmQD3VAQ— David Burge (@iowahawkblog) November 20, 2020
This is Obama Nobel Prize stuff https://t.co/UFhvT5bHBR— Sam Stein (@samstein) November 20, 2020
Andrew Cuomo deserves to be on trial for the elderly people his nursing home order directly murdered. Instead, he's getting an Emmy. https://t.co/06wlXtP2pq— Ben Domenech (@bdomenech) November 20, 2020