The Daytime Emmy Red Carpet Correspondents Made an Awful Rape Joke

The entire thing was sort of a mess.

The hosts of this year's Daytime Emmy Awards (opens in new tab) red carpet show have received criticism for their use of a rape joke among other remarks.

Vine star Brittany Furlan, style blogger Lauren Elizabeth, beauty vlogger Jessica Harlow, and style enthusiast Meghan Rosette were chosen to present the annual show online.

The National Academy of Television Arts and Sciences launched a casting call for social media experts to host the live-streamed preshow several weeks ago, searching for "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)".

TVLine (opens in new tab) said that Furlan "literally came on to, and hard, every male in attendance, to a degree that makes E!'s Giuliana Rancic look positively demure."

Meanwhile, Harlow called The Bold and the Beautiful's Lawrence Saint-Victor "a beautiful chocolate man" before asking, "What's it like to be a black man on a soap opera these days?"

Furlan also told General Hospital actor Ryan Paevey, "We're going to get you away from us before we rape you."

Viewers took to Twitter to complain about the four hosts' presenting abilities, with some labeling them amateur and at times offensive.

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Furlan later used a Kenny Powers quote to defend her appearance on the red carpet:

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