“House of Cards” fans who so politely interrupted their binge-watching session to catch the 71st Annual Tony Awards on Sunday night were treated to Kevin Spacey doing his best politico. Except this time, he brought former president Bill Clinton to the award show.
Well, not the real Clinton. Spacey appeared onstage wearing a white-haired wig and presidential red tie to deliver a joke at Hillary Clinton’s expense during the ceremony.
See, “Dear Evan Hansen,” one of the musicals nominated this year, centers around a teenager who writes fake emails to ingratiate himself into the family of a fellow classmate, who commits suicide. Spacey used the opportunity to draw a comparison between the musical character and Clinton, who used personal email accounts for official communications.
“We’ve had some exciting young performers this season,” Spacey, as Clinton, told the audience. “Ben Platt was named one of Time magazine’s 100 Most Influential People. That’s very impressive. I was on that list a couple times, but, Ben, you know who you bumped off that list? My wife.”
“Now, between you and me, you might be a better singer,” he continued, “but after seeing your show, there’s no doubt that Hillary is much better at creating fake email accounts than you.”
He added, “I’m going to get in trouble when I get home.”
Spacey also made sure to poke fun at Donald Trump’s presidential election win, eliciting an uproarious response from the crowd.
“This season has been full of drama. We’ve already had some surprising winners, haven’t we? I’m not even talking about the Tony Awards,” the actor joked.
Platt’s reaction to the whole act is all of us.