Emmys 2017: Donald Glover thanks Trump for making black people 'no. 1 on most oppressed list'

ANI | Updated: Sep 18, 2017 09:29 IST

New Delhi [India], Sep 18 (ANI): 'Atlanta's Donald Glover bagged the Emmy not only for his helming skills that made him the first African American to win the honour for directing a comedy series, but also for his acting.

Picking up his second Emmy of the night, Glover thanked his loved ones, the city of Atlanta itself and more surprisingly, United States President Donald Trump.

"I want to thank Trump for making black people number one on the most oppressed list," said Glover while accepting his Outstanding Lead Actor in a Comedy Series honour at the 69th Emmy Awards 2017 held in Los Angeles. "He's probably the reason I'm up here"

Glover also thanked his family including his son and his partner Michelle: "You love me no matter how crazy I get" He also thanked Atlanta director and producer Hiro Murai for teaching him the art of directing, as well as for being his best friend.

The 33-year-old is only the second black actor ever to win in the category, following Robert Guillaume's 1985 win for his portrayal of the titular Benson DuBois in ABC sitcom 'Benson.'

There have previously been three black directors who won Outstanding Directing for a Drama Series, all in the '90s: Thomas Carter, who won twice for 'Equal Justice,' Paris Barclay, who won twice for 'NYPD Blue' and Eric Laneuville, who won for 'I'll Fly Away.'

Glover also broke a four-year streak of female directors taking home the award for Outstanding Directing for a Comedy Series.

He was also nominated for Outstanding Lead Actor in a Comedy Series for his part of Earnest 'Earn' Marks on the FX show and lost to John Lithgow for The Crown.

However, the 'Because the Internet' singer beat out fierce competition in the Comedy category, including Transparent Emmy perennial Jeffrey Tambor, 'Master of None' co-creator Aziz Ansari and 'Black-ish' star Anthony Anderson.

In 'Atlanta,' Glover portrays Earnest 'Earn' Marks, the manager to his rapper cousin, Paper Boi, who endeavors to build a music career in the titular city while managing a sometimes-complicated family life. (ANI)