I am not one who likes to sit around watching annoying Hollywood award shows.
They are usually way too long and I have never even seen many of the obscure movies and shows that are nominated.
However, the biggest reason I don’t tend to watch them is because I don’t feel like sitting through a three-hour political lecture from people that play pretend for a living. The Hollywood award shows have become a social justice infomercial for virtue-signaling celebrities. They live up in their ivory towers and speak out on issues about which they have no expertise.
They are free to give their political opinions, but the rest of us are also free to turn the channel. That is what many viewers have done the past several years. Ratings are way down for entertainment award shows.
The shows are giant ego-stroking sessions and no one has had the guts to call them out for this.
Comedian Ricky Gervais is known for provoking an audience. He is not afraid of offending anyone. He proved that once again last night while hosting the Golden Globes.
He unashamedly stuck it to his fellow celebrities, and it was glorious.
His nearly eight-minute opening monologue was one for the ages.
Be warned though—it is a profanity-laced diatribe.
The following are a few of the highlights of his opening bit:
“Apple roared into the TV game with ‘The Morning Show,’ a superb drama about the importance of dignity and doing the right thing, made by a company that runs sweat shops in China,” Gervais said. “So, well, you say you’re woke, but the companies you work for – I mean, unbelievable, Apple, Amazon, Disney. If ISIS started a streaming service, you would call your agent, wouldn’t you?”
But he was just warming up. He continued:
“So if you do win an award tonight, don’t use it as a platform to make a political speech, right?” Gervais continued. “You’re in no position to lecture the public about anything. You know nothing about the real world. Most of you spent less time in school than Greta Thunberg. So, if you win, come up, accept your little award, thank your agent and your god, and f**k off. No one cares about your views on politics or culture.”
Slow clap for Gervais. He is absolutely right. Celebrities have no right to lecture the rest of us; they live in fantasy land and pretend to be experts about topics they aren’t qualified to talk about. Worse, they lecture the rest of us from a position of unearned moral authority. Gervais correctly pointed that out to them.
But he still wasn’t done:
“You could binge-watch the entire first season of ‘Afterlife’ instead of watching this show,” Gervais continued. “That’s a show about a man who wants to kill himself because his wife dies of cancer and it’s still more fun than this. Okay, spoiler alert, season two is on the way, so in the end, obviously he didn’t kill himself – just like Jeffrey Epstein…Shut up, I know he’s your friend, but I don’t care.”
Boom! Mic drop. Everyone loves a good Epstein reference.
But Gervais saved his best for last. He obliterated the actors in the room with a crack about how they looked the other way when producer Harvey Weinstein was sexually abusing actresses.
He remarked: “Our next presenter starred in Netflix’s ‘Bird Box,’ a movie where people survive by acting like they don’t see a thing. Sort of like working for Harvey Weinstein.”
There were groans heard in the audience. Gervais retorted, “You did it! I didn’t, you did it!”
Ricky Gervais is British. I hope Queen Elizabeth was watching, because she should knight Ricky Gervais for his bravery in performing a public service.
Thank you for the laughs, Ricky.