This year, some real-life drama surrounds the soap-focused Daytime Emmy Awards.
A few weeks before the ceremony, the National Academy of Television Arts and Sciences issued a casting call for social media mavens to host the event’s live-streamed red carpet preshow. Specifically, as reported by Soap Opera Network, organizers wanted “millennials between the ages of 18-35, all ethnicities, who have a strong entertainment news background and/or very strong social media following (300,000 followers minimum).” Last Wednesday, the NATAS revealed that it had selected a foursome with a mighty social reach: Vine star Brittany Furlan, style vlogger Lauren Elizabeth, beauty vlogger Jessica Harlow, and Meghan Rosette, who vlogs about style and beauty.
The chosen four certainly have large followings on sites like YouTube, Instagram, Twitter, Vine, and Facebook—but their collective entertainment-news backgrounds aren’t quite as strong. After a red carpet show criticized as amateurish and occasionally downright offensive, some irate viewers are demanding that NATAS issue an apology for Furlan, Elizabeth, Harlow, and Rosette’s antics. READ FULL STORY