Ailes, who built Fox News into a cable TV giant and ratings-leading network—and, as many on the left note, created a culture of misogyny and hate that garners views and clicks today—died in May at age 77.
The former CEO resigned in 2016 after former Fox and Friends host Gretchen Carlson sued him for sexual harassment. Carlson received a $20 million settlement payment, and more than 20 other women came forward to accuse the Ailes of sexual harassment.
Users took to Twitter to lambaste Ailes and the Emmys for memorializing him alongside late celebrities like Carrie Fisher, Debbie Reynolds, and Mary Tyler Moore—and for the exclusion of Charlie Murphy among others.
Roger Ailes was included in the "In Memoriam" tribute because of his lifetime of achievement as a producer of racism. #EMMY2017— Andy Kindler (@AndyKindler) September 18, 2017
Don't sell him short. There was also the sexism, the sexual harassment, the black ops, the toxic perversion of fact… https://t.co/2OGP6Z5BTj— Kim Masters (@kimmasters) September 18, 2017
Beyond shocked Emmy's would honor Ailes in memoriam. What message does it send to women (and men)?— Gabriel Sherman (@gabrielsherman) September 18, 2017
Roger Ailes is probably the person most responsible for the current toxicity of our political landscape. #Emmys shouldn't have honored him.— Adam Best (@adamcbest) September 18, 2017
It didn’t seem like those in the audience were too enthused to see his face in the montage, either.