[Screenshot from the Golden Globes via Gold Derby, https://twitter.com/GoldDerby/status/1214245686084034560]
You’ve likely seen Ricky Gervais’s evisceration of Hollywood at the Golden Globes Sunday night.
If not, you’re welcome:
— NBC Entertainment (@nbc) January 6, 2020
Conspicuously, some appeared not to appreciate it.
Among those: Hollywood.
And many in the press.
Here’s the Los Angeles Times:
The last thing anyone needed was for the smirking master of ceremonies to reprimand them for having hope, or taunt the room for trying to use their influence to change things for the better.
[A]t the Beverly Hilton, where the three-hour-plus ceremony took place, the mood was already sober thanks to an impeachment, the threat of war with Iran and devastating bush fires in Australia.
So, in conclusion:
The commentary would have meant far more if Gervais himself had been brave enough to drop the tired agitator shtick and, for once, read the room.
Ricky certainly lit ’em up:
The 58-year-old former Golden Globe winner (The Office) and five-time host also flippantly reminded the packed room, “No one cares about movies anymore,” and advised, “If you do win an award tonight, don’t use it as a platform to make a political speech. You’re in no position to lecture the public about anything. You know nothing about the real world.
But what did those outside of Hollywood and left-wing media think about the ripping?
Lots loved it.
Entertainment site Gold Derby reported big news via a poll:
— Gold Derby (@GoldDerby) January 6, 2020
From the article:
Golden Globes viewers have spoken, and they want Ricky Gervais to host “every year.” A whopping 71% of fans who voted in our recent poll said he did an “amazing” job overseeing the 77th ceremony on NBC. To compare, 9% thought he was “good, but forgettable” while the remaining 20% of haters voted that he was “awful.”
Ricky himself responded to the survey’s demand.
To the disappointment of fans, a ForeverGig isn’t in the stars…perhaps because of them:
Never gonna happen 😂 https://t.co/1tYopQjL1c
— Ricky Gervais (@rickygervais) January 6, 2020
Witness the support:
It was the best comedy, I've heard since the 80s.. pic.twitter.com/xnf2WdLQyw
— Doodles 🇺🇸 (@DoodlesTrks) January 6, 2020
More like…Ricky Gervais kicks off his retirement! 🤣🤣
Haven't watched even a video clip of an award show for years, but heard this one got rave reviews. So, I watched…
Funniest 7:49 of network television in history! 🤣🤣
— Text TRUMP to 88022 and #TrumpTheEstablishment⭐ (@jamesldewitt) January 6, 2020
Give all of the awards to Gervais for this monologue
— Will Applebee (@NOTSCWill) January 6, 2020
Agreed, literally crying with laughter 🤣🤣
— Jurgenomics (@pauljojam) January 6, 2020
It’s about time someone had the guts to say all this to Hollywood. “You don’t live in the real world” how freakin true!!! #goldenglobes2020
— kg (@Intrigued500) January 6, 2020
Best 7 minutes of television in the last 20 years. 👏🏻👏🏻👏🏻
— Magna Carta🌟🐑🐂🐪🐫✝️ (@Vote4YourLife20) January 6, 2020
👏🏼👏🏼👏🏼👏🏼👏🏼👏🏼FINALLY someone had the balls to say what the majority of Americans feel. @rickygervais absolutely BRILLIANT.
— dmaria (@FORZAITALIA0513) January 6, 2020
Here’s a transcript of a bit of Ricky’s ribs, courtesy of The Daily Mail:
So. We were going to do an In-Memoriam this year, but when I saw the list of people who died, it wasn’t diverse enough. No, it was mostly white people and I thought, nah, not on my watch. Maybe next year. Let’s see what happens.
The Irishman was amazing. It was amazing. It was great. Long, but amazing. It wasn’t the only epic movie. Once Upon a Time in Hollywood, nearly three hours long. Leonardo DiCaprio attended the premiere and by the end his date was too old for him. Even Prince Andrew was like, “Come on, Leo, mate. You’re nearly 50-something.”
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 sweatshops in China. Well, you say you’re woke but the companies you work for in China — unbelievable. Apple, Amazon, Disney. If ISIS started a streaming service you’d call your agent, wouldn’t you?
So if you do win an award tonight, don’t use it as a platform to make a political speech. 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*** off, OK? It’s already three hours long. Right, let’s do the first award.
Maybe some can’t take a joke, but the comedian offered a disclaimer at the beginning:
“Let’s go out with a bang. Let’s have a laugh at your expense, shall we? Remember: They’re just jokes. We’re all gonna die soon, and there’s no sequel.”
Guess it didn’t do the job.
Despite the poll results, one social media user offered a profound warning:
— 💖🇺🇸JOANNE 🇺🇸💖 (@JoanneKerns5290) January 6, 2020
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